CF Object Storage

A Cloud Foundry CLI Plugin for Working With Object Storage A new plugin, CF Object Storage, is now available.  This plugin provides users with the ability to work with Object Storage directly from the Cloud Foundry CLI. Users can take a look at the containers and objects currently in object storage and access, create and modify them. OpenStack Object Storage has many […]

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CF Large Objects

UPDATE: This utility has been updated to a general purpose Object Storage plugin. You can read more here. A Cloud Foundry CLI Plugin for Working With Large Objects Object Storage has two very powerful types of aggregate files, Static Large Objects (SLOs) and Dynamic Large Objects (DLOs). You can find a ton of great information on SLOs and DLOs in this […]

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Visualizing Big Data with Spark and Scala

While exploring data analytics with Apache Spark, the team came to the realization that there are many Python examples, but resources for Scala are somewhat lacking. In particular, there are few data visualization examples in Scala. Python’s predominant visualization module is Matplotlib, but we struggled to find a Scala library that offered the same breadth of functionality and granularity of control. Brunel In our […]

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Getting “Things” Moving

Minimizing Time-to-Value for IoT Solutions with IBM Technology Emerging Technologies specializes in creating business value for IBM’s clients using new and innovative technology. That tech comes from many sources including research, open source and, indeed, Emerging Technologies itself. One major source is the steady flow of new tech from IBM’s own research and development teams, and Emerging Technologies often works […]

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Climatology Analyst

Today, there has been a great deal of discussion around climate change and global warming in the news. The National Climatic Data Center within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors weather stations from around the world. Since NOAA data is publicly available, it is a good data source for demonstrating how the citizen analyst can access large public […]

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Kafka and Spark Streaming for IoT at the Vacation Resort

In the Internet of Things at the Vacation Resort Experience blog post we described the Jabil/IBM jStart Proof of Concept (POC) high-level architecture and business objectives. This post delves more deeply into the solution architecture and reviews a few of the lessons learned with our first experience with Kafka and Spark Streaming technologies.   System Component Diagram Training Phase As part […]

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Apache Spark – Utilizing Access Point Wi-Fi Data

Intro Did you know that Wi-Fi routers used within your home or outside in public are capable of collecting a wealth of information about your mobile devices even if you never actually sign in and connect to the Internet? Wi-Fi is ubiquitous in today’s world and cell phones and other mobile devices are almost always either passively or actively probing […]

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Abstracting out Environment Variables for Bluemix

Abstracting Variables When developing an application that will be deployed to Bluemix, it’s nice to run locally and connect to the same services and backends you’ll be using in production (instead of faking data or responses). The goal is to abstract out the differences between accessing them on Bluemix and accessing them locally. Here is an easy way to do that […]

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Porting From MongoDB to Cloudant: Differences in Design

Who’s this for? This is for the MongoDB developers who want to explore another NoSQL offering. Maybe your original decision to use MongoDB was a mistake, maybe you’re just curious about other options, or maybe you’ve taken to the cloud via IBM Bluemix and want to use an IBM owned database offering. Whatever the case, the central question remains: how difficult will it […]

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