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Network World - Big data analytics are driving rapid growth for public cloud computing vendors with revenues for the top 50 public cloud providers shooting up 47% in the fourth quarter last year to $6.2 billion, according to Technology Business Review Inc.

In 2012, to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women in STEM, I published an article announcing the Top 5 Most Influential Women in the Data Center Industry. Considering that only 25% of IT jobs are held by women, I was expecting little out of the article; however, that was not the case. Thanks to women and men around the world, the article went viral and inspired others to get involved with the movement.

SAN MATEO, CA - AlienVault™, the leading provider of Unified Security Management™ solutions and crowd-sourced threat intelligence, today announced continued momentum behind its Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX) initiative with the addition of new partners Cegeka, GoGrid, Netflow Logic, Onsight, Risk I/O and ThreatStop. In addition, the integration of AlienVault's OTX into Spiceworks has helped IT professionals simplify how they identify threats on their network. Spiceworks users in nearly 10,000 companies received over 1.4 million threat alerts in January 2014, only one month after the new capabilities were introduced.

GoGrid, a provider of open data services, announced 1-Button Deploy, providing organizations with a fast and easy way to evaluate and run the latest big data solutions on the cloud purpose-built for big data. GoGrid's 1-Button Deploy simplifies the process of moving big data applications from trial to pilot project and finally to full-scale production. GoGrid also unveiled an ecosystem of big data solutions available immediately through its 1-Button Deploy technology.

GoGrid and friends: GoGrid says it offers the fastest cloud in the west, with a mix of high-powered servers, fast storage choices, and bare-metal deployment options that others can't touch. To put some meat on those bones it announced partnerships this week with Basho, DataStax, Hortonworks, and MongoDB, all of which it says cloud customers will be able to deploy in push-button fashion.

Amazon Web Services is a juggernaut in the infrastructure as a service market, but GoGrid, a midsize IaaS competitor that aims to be the cloud for big data, says it wants to offer an alternative to AWS's platform. And it's hoping to do so through open source databases.

Although it didn’t seem so on the surface, the handful of partnerships that NoSQL startup DataStax announced on Tuesday around the Cassandra database is actually quite telling. It’s one thing when a cloud provider Google gets on board (which it has), but something else when smaller, more conservative providers like GoGrid and large-enterprise consultants such as Accenture do. That DataStax is working with those latter companies suggests their customers are running or interested in running Cassandra (and other NoSQL data stores, in the case of GoGrid) and are asking for support.

As a public cloud service optimized for Big Data applications GoGrid gives developers access to a number of open source platforms, including Hadoop, Apache HBase, Cassandra, MongoDB and Riak. Trying to fuel what GoGrid CEO John Keagy describes as open data services (ODS) market, GoGrid provides the ability to stand up applications on multiple platforms in a way that helps developers avoid getting locked into one particular architecture. Now GoGrid is close to taking that concept one step further by exposing an API to the GoGrid cloud platform

Big data is something that many companies are keen to exploit, but implementing big data solutions involves a number of hurdles.

Open Data Services specialist GoGrid is aiming to make the move to big data easier with its launch of 1-Button Deploy technology.

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