How We Help You

From the cloud to the data center to staffing, Vicom can cover your entire organization’s IT infrastructure needs.

“In the past year, we’ve seen about a 25% increase in systems availability and 25% reduction in emergency changes.”

- John Morgan, Director of IT Capacity Planning at Horizon BCBS

FEATURED BLOG

What We Do

Discover Vicom’s services and solutions that help businesses achieve agility, efficiency, and visibility.

FEATURED BLOG

Who We Work With

We partner with the leading names in data center hardware, software, cloud, security, management and more to provide our customers with the best in new technologies.

FEATURED BLOG

Insights & Expertise

Explore the insights and expertise of the Vicom staff on industry topics such as IT trends, enterprise management, security, technology, and more.

FEATURED BLOG

Discover Vicom

Explore the many award-winning facets that have contributed to our 30+ years of IT Solutions Excellence.

FEATURED BLOG
 

Go for the Gold with Linux on Power for Big Data

By Ken Gullo - Sep 23, 2016

Go for the Gold with Linux on Power for Big Data

What would it mean for your business to run like a gold medal-winning Olympic team? All your business processes would be in top condition. You would outpace your competitors in terms of innovation. You would hit your customer conversion targets and set records for customer loyalty.

The truth is, your business can use the same techniques Olympic teams have been using to improve their performance and win medals.

Using Big Data to Win Gold

Forbes reports that the British Olympic rowing team has been increasing their use of data analytics to boost performance. Recently, the UK rowing team has extended a gold-winning streak that began in 1984 by using analytics to process data about everything from wind and water conditions to athletes’ training regimens and past performance statistics. With this data, coaches can even predict warning signs about potential injuries in time to prevent them.

At the 2012 London Olympics, the US women’s cycling team used data analytics to win silver. They monitored behavior affecting performance, including what they ate, how they slept, environmental conditions, and training regimens. One athlete performed better when she slept in the cold, so they started keeping her bedroom at a certain temperature.

To be a medal-winning business, you need to combine high-capacity storage with a high-performance operating system. With this combination, you can store massive amounts of data and use analytics applications to process it for insights.

Improving Performance with Data
Just as Olympics teams chart performance data gathered during training sessions or competitions, your business generates data about internal operations, marketing trends, and customer interactions. Internal data can be used to increase the efficiency of business processes and boost employee performance. Business Intelligence data lets you know what processes are working well and which ones need to be improved.

External data gathered through customer interactions can be used to improve customer experience. Each interaction tells you information about customer preferences so you can customize offers and promotions.

Gathering data is only part of the battle. You need the analytics capabilities provided by high-performance applications designed to make sense of data and gain the insights you need to drive your business.

Stand on the Winner’s Platform of Linux on Power

To make sense of data, your business needs the right platform to develop and run high-performance data analytics applications. Linux running on POWER8 provides the amount of threads needed to absorb big data. POWER8 offers 4x more memory bandwidth and 4x more cache than x86 servers. Linux on Power also performs twice as fast as Linux running on x86 servers, meeting the low latency, high throughput demands of big data.

With Linux on Power, your business harnesses the capabilities of open-source data management, the standard for application development. Gartner’s 2015 Open Source: The New Data Standard report found that 70% of new in-house applications will be developed in an open-source database management system. Using Linux as an operating system also ensures that the high-performance data analytics applications you develop will run optimally.

Join Team OpenPOWER
When you use Linux on Power, you become part of a winning team by gaining access to applications developed by Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) for open source databases. More than 2,300 ISVs support Linux on POWER applications.

You also open your business up to innovations created by the OpenPOWER Foundation. The OpenPOWER Foundation is made up of more than 200 companies across 24 countries and announced 50 new innovations just this year. Their community is dedicated to developing new open source solutions through free collaboration.

The Gold Standard for Analytics

With Linux on Power, your business moves to the forefront of analytics innovation. Most dramatically, Linux on Power gives your business systems the cognitive ability to learn and reason using data. Linux on Power can store massive amounts of data and process it using machine learning and natural language processing. Its cognitive powers uncover connections between topics and understand the sentiments that drive customer and client decision-making processes.

By adopting Linux on Power, your business can work “Faster, Higher, Stronger” like a medal-winning Olympic team. The superior storage capacity and memory of POWER8 teams up with the performance capabilities of the Linux operating system to store and process big data so your company becomes unbeatable.