Davos does data

Big data has gotten very, very big if the elite talking heads at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, are talking about it. And they are talking about it. Sessions include “Decoding the data deluge” and “Personal data: the ‘new oil’ of the 21st century.”

Today in Cloud

There’s been some coverage today of Cisco’s latest Global Cloud Index, which predicts that traffic to and from the cloud will account for one third of all traffic passing through data centers by 2015. Derrick Harris highlights the report’s interest in 2014, “the year cloud-based workloads will surpass traditional-data-center-based workloads in total volume.” Sean Ludwig pulls out some of the headline figures early in his piece, stressing that “global traffic generated by cloud computing services will increase a staggering 12 times by 2015 compared to cloud traffic in 2010, while data center traffic will increase at a less-showy-but-still-impressive four times by 2015.” With typical irreverence, The Register is quick to point out that “Cisco is engaging in a bit of marketeering by calling it a ‘cloud’ index.” They have a point; this is about far more than the cloud. Still, the numbers make for some interesting reading. Is your network ready to handle the load?

Today in Connected Consumer

Amazon had another blow-out quarter, and Om highlights this interesting analysis that shows how Amazon’s growth rates mirror that of Walmart in the early 90s, but without all the expensive real estate and employee overhead. There’s no doubt Amazon’s expertise in online retailing and logistics put it in a good place for the coming years, and what makes it even more of a sure bet is its continued efforts at diversification beyond its core online retail business into devices (Kindle, forthcoming tablet), cloud computing services and who knows what-next…