Avoiding Storms in Your Move to the CloudAvoiding Storms in Your Move to the Cloud

By Ravi Chandran, Norman C. Nicholl,
and Tracy Ring

QuestionsStacey Bostian is the BI director at Superior Lighting, a leading manufacturer and seller of lighting products for home, office, and outdoors. Stacey has been with Superior Lighting for 10 years and was responsible for creating the 10-terabyte data warehouse, and selecting and implementing a leading BI tool to generate reports, dashboards, and mobile applications.

Stacey’s team has dabbled with BI in the cloud, using her BI vendor’s cloud-based platform to develop several applications. Once successfully developed, the applications were moved on premises, where everything else currently resides. Based on these successful SaaS experiences and the belief that the cloud is the future, Stacey is interested in exploring what, how, and when she should start moving things to the cloud. There are currently discussions within Superior Lighting to move other data and applications to the cloud, including its ERP system.

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Interview with CTO on Azure deployment

Best-In-Class SQL Analytics platform in the Cloud:
- XtremeData's dbX engine deployed in minutes on Azure
- At large scale, with start/stop features to control costs
- Full SQL support for entire ecosystem of 3rd party tools

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CTOs to know: Mahi Inampudi on DRIVIN and Chicago's booming autotech industry

by Sam Dewey News Writer

 CTOs to know

Chicago’s auto tech industry is accelerating at an impressive pace, and few people know that as well as Mahi Inampudi.

Inampudi heads technology and product over at DRIVIN, a fledgling startup (and brainchild of Lefkofsky and Keywell fame) that only officially launched about eight months ago. Despite the startup's youth, DRIVIN already has $10 million in funding and a fast-growing team of some of Chicago’s best and brightest. Armed with those assets — as well as their first-of-its-kind, data-driven marketplace that helps used auto dealers find the cars they need most — DRIVIN is poised for a strong 2016.

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Azure IoT play biggest yet amongst mega cloud vendors

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macbook pro newsLargest VM in the Cloud
Principal Program Manager, Azure

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Today, we’re announcing the release of a new series of VM sizes for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines called the G-series. G-series sizes provide the most memory, the highest processing power and the largest amount of local SSD of any Virtual Machine size currently available in the public cloud. This extraordinary performance will allow customers to deploy very large scale-up enterprise applications. G-series offers up to 32 vCPUs using the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 v3 family, 448GB of memory, and 6.59 TB of local Solid State Drive (SSD) space. This powerful VM size easily handles deployments of mission critical applications such as large relational database servers (SQL Server, MySQL  etc.,) and large NoSQL databases (MongoDB, Cloudera, Cassandra etc.).

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