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North American businesses are collectively losing $26.5 billion in revenue each year as a result of slow recovery from IT system downtime according to a recent study. The study also indicates that the average respondent suffers 10 hours of IT downtime a year and an additional 7.5 hours of compromised operation because of the time it takes to recover lost data. Other studies estimate that the average cost of a single hour of downtime is approximately $100,000. A disk failure at Virgin Blue Airlines recently caused a 21-hour system outage that caused the cancellation of more than 100 flights, affected over 100,000 passengers, and cost the company $15-20M. This past summer, software-monitoring tools detected "instability" within DBS Bank's storage system even though there was not an actual problem and the administrator-initiated recovery process took the company's sys... (more)

Are We in Sync? Feeling Blue When You Should Be Feeling Purple

Film and production companies are often located across the globe with several teams working collaboratively to create the next box office hit. Imagine you are an animator in Brazil and in charge of illustrating the characters for a future film. Similarly, the individual who is creating the environments where your characters will dwell is located in Canada. As you continue your creation, other artists around the world are also working on specific parts of this very large, complex project. Meanwhile, the directors and producers in New York are anxiously awaiting ongoing updates. E... (more)

Integrating Globally Distributed Data: A New Approach

The era of Big Data is upon us. The volume, variety and velocity of data now being generated is unprecedented in human history. This poses a challenge for those tasked with data integration: how can we manage all this data, particularly across distributed data centers around the world? The complexity and compliance issues of modern data management must be addressed. Health care organizations, online subscription services, banks and many other businesses need to provide user-friendly service while ensuring trust by protecting and managing critical data. For example, Personally Iden... (more)