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By | October 20th, 2015 | Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop

Hitting a Big Data Wall? How to Improve Hadoop ROI

With the adoption of any new technology, businesses are tasked with measuring success and demonstrating value to the organization — Big Data is not any different. As interest in Big Data grows, the value of the technology platform that delivers it must be accurately calculated and demonstrated to the rest of the organization. Hadoop is increasingly the platform of choice for Big Data, and there is a common misconception that predicting and deriving ROI from Hadoop deployments is too challenging. According to a recent Gartner research report, 24 percent of organizations are not measuring the ROI of Big Data at all.

By | September 30th, 2015 | Security and Compliance

How Altiscale Supports HIPAA Customers’ Compliance Needs

Today Altiscale is announcing the achievement of two major security milestones: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance and PCI DSS Level 1 certification. With the addition of HIPAA compliance, Altiscale is making it faster and easier for organizations to adhere to HIPAA standards for data security and privacy, while enabling them to leverage the power of Hadoop for Big Data analytic processing. This reduces risk and accelerates the realization of business value by eliminating many of the difficulties of deploying Hadoop in HIPAA regulated organizations.

By | September 30th, 2015 | Security and Compliance

PCI Compliance: Not Just a Checkbox

Here’s the thing about PCI compliance: you may not technically need it, but you still want it. And now, with Altiscale, you have it. Strictly speaking, the purpose of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is to protect a very narrow set of data called cardholder data1, which is only required or even useful for processing payment transactions. In fact, PCI prohibits storage of any cardholder data unless it is necessary for the explicit purpose of payment processing. Altiscale is not a payment processor. So, to remain compliant with the spirit of PCI, customers generally do not store or process what the PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) defines as cardholder data or sensitive authentication data at Altiscale.

By | September 30th, 2015 | Altiscale Data Cloud 4

Enough swearing, already! It is time to clean up the language in Big Data.

This week, you may have noticed something new about Altiscale. We’ve got a new website. We’ve got a new logo, and we’ve got a new look. But what hasn’t changed is our dedication to making our customers successful with Big Data. Altiscale was founded on the notion that Big Data should be easy. Today, Big Data is not easy for most companies. The choice has been to deploy on premises or on basic cloud infrastructure, in environments not suited to the challenges of Big Data. In either case, it costs a ton of money and requires an army of operations people. And even then, managing it is a huge pain.