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Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

DataTorrent Raises the Bar for Real-Time Streaming

Oct 15, 2014 |

There’s a lot of talk these days about real-time streaming applications. If analyzing and acting on new data is good, then doing it immediately must be better. The truth is, building real-time streaming applications is not easy work. One company that’s pushing the bar higher in this area is DataTorrent. DataTorrent develops a distributed Hadoop 2 application called Real Time Streaming (RTS) that enables users to act upon and analyze time-sensitive data, including call data records, log and machine data, Read more…

Big Data-Powered Authentication Gives Security a Much-Needed Boost

Oct 1, 2014 |

Trillions of dollars are at stake in the ongoing battle against cybercriminals and fraudsters. Whether it’s Russian cybercriminals hacking into retail chains or a kid in New Jersey filing fraudulent claims, stolen credentials and user IDs often play a major role. But now, big data technologies like Hadoop are helping to prevent unauthorized access, both behind the corporate firewall and in public coffers. Technological advances are a two-way street when it comes to crime on the Internet. A gang of Read more…

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Seeing the Forest For the Trees With Analytics

Nov 20, 2014 |

Climate science, with its seemingly unlimited number of variables, is tailored-made for closer scrutiny using big data tools. With that notion in mind, researchers at the University of Alberta have begun using streaming analytics software provided by IBM to detect, visualize and—most important for meteorologists and climate scientists—predict in real-time subtle changes in the environment. Canadian and international researchers working with the University of Alberta’s Enviro-Net project are attempting to monitor the impact of climate change on the world’s forests Read more…

LinkedIn Spinoff Confluent to Extend Kafka

Nov 10, 2014 |

The LinkedIn team that built the Apache Kafka real-time messaging service has left to form a new company called Confluent. The startup said it would offer a “real-time data platform” built around Apache Kafka. Along with serving as a robust real-time, scalable messaging system, Kafka has been applied to collecting user activity data, logs, application metrics, even device instrumentation. Confluent’s chief focus appears to be supplying “high-volume data” as a “real-time stream for consumption in systems with very different requirements,” Read more…

Data Science Helps Troubleshoot the Datacenter

Oct 29, 2014 |

Data science is being enlisted to help troubleshoot scaled-up IT infrastructure. A data science platform unveiled this week by startup BigPanda seeks to use analytics to automate the increasingly complicated task of IT incident management. BigPanda said its platform analyzes the steady stream of daily IT alerts and essentially triages them into high-level alerts. The startup based in Mt. View, Calif., also announced a $7 million Series A funding round that will be used to accelerate data science product development. Read more…

Clustrix Database Targets E-commerce

Sep 23, 2014 |

Just in time for holidays, a scale-out SQL database running in the cloud from startup Clustrix is geared to e-commerce websites characterized by traffic spikes that require databases to scale in order to avoid costly downtime. The San Francisco-based company said Sept. 23 the latest version of its ClustrixDB includes scale-out SQL that allows database servers to be added to an existing cluster and removed later without downtime. The feature targets capacity and throughput spikes on e-commerce sites during peak Read more…

Big Data Survey Finds Growing Need for CEP

Jul 30, 2014 |

A global survey of software developers working on big data and advanced analytics projects found that the large majority of respondents require real-time, complex event processing for their applications. The survey, released July 29 by Evans Data Corp. of Santa Cruz, Calif., found that 71 percent of respondents said they require advanced processing more than half the time. “Hadoop’s batch processing model has worked well for several years,” Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin noted in a statement releasing the survey. Read more…

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