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Interana Nabs $20M to Continue Work on Time-Series Analytics

Jan 21, 2015 |

Hadoop may be the top headliner when it comes to big data analytics, but it’s not the only game in town. A case in point is Interana, a Silicon Valley startup that today unveiled $20 million in funding to ramp up development of its tool for exploring massive amounts of time-series data. Interana‘s software is based on a distributed column-based database that enables fast access to vast amounts of time-series data. Running on X86 servers, the database itself can process Read more…

Can Big Data Give Us Bionic Brains?

Jan 20, 2015 |

The rise of big data and analytics promises to transform many aspects of our lives, chief among them how we synthesize data and make decisions. Some theorize that big data will augment our own cognitive capabilities to the point where it’s like we have bionic brains. According to Deloitte Analytics, the field of cognitive analytics is an extension of cognitive computing, and is made up of three main components: machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. These technologies, combined Read more…

Graph Databases Everywhere by 2020, Says Neo4j Chief

Jan 15, 2015 |

In a market rife with disruptive innovation, perhaps nothing will be as groundbreaking over the next five years as the widespread adoption of graph databases, according to Neo Technology CEO Emil Eifrem. Just four years since its founding, Neo Technology has risen to the top of the graph database heap, which itself has seen a remarkable amount of growth compared to other database types (see fig. 1). The company’s product, called Neo4j, is arguably the most mature of the graph Read more…

How Big Data Tech Is Bridging the Analytical-Transactional Divide

Jan 14, 2015 |

Time was, production IT systems lived in two main camps: analytical and transactional. Transactional systems (OLTP) ran in real-time on relational databases, and analytical (OLAP) systems ran in batch mode on more exotic gear. But now, the rise of big data and NoSQL technologies is eliminating the gap and blurring the lines between what is analytical and what is transactional. The OLTP-OLAP boundary had a good reason for existing in the past. If you were a traditional bricks-and-mortar type of Read more…

Apache Flink Takes Its Own Route to Distributed Data Processing

Jan 12, 2015 |

Apache Flink, a distributed in-memory data processing framework project born out of Germany, this week graduated the Apache Incubator stage and became a Top-Level Project at the open source software foundation, paving the way for an acceleration of Flink development and deployment. Originating from the Stratosphere research project at the Technical University of Berlin in 2009, the Flink framework is designed to run batch and streaming analytic workloads in a parallel manner. In a Hadoop cluster, Flink sits atop YARN Read more…

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VoltDB Reaches Out to Hadoop for Fast Data Analytics

Jan 28, 2015 |

VoltDB has made a name for itself by building a fast in-memory distributed relational database that processes transactions and does some real-time analytics too. With today’s launch of VoltDB version 5, the company is smoothing its integration with Hadoop in hopes of helping customers connect the dots between big data and fast data analytics. Hadoop is increasingly the repository for organization’s big unstructured data, such as call logs, click streams, and location information. All that stuff goes into the Hadoop Read more…

Lockheed Aims to Make Apache Storm Easier to Use

Jan 9, 2015 |

The data analytics arm of defense contractor Lockheed Martin yesterday announced that it’s making a big data analysis tool available as open source. Dubbed StreamFlow, the tool is designed to make it easier for beginner programmers to work with Apache Storm. Apache Storm is a distributed computing framework designed to process streams of data in real time. The technology, which was acquired and then released as open source by Twitter several years ago, is a key component of the emerging Read more…

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

NSA Releases Data Management Tool

Dec 1, 2014 |

The National Security Agency said it is expanding its open source portfolio by releasing the source code for software designed to manage data network interoperability. NSA said Nov. 25 it was releasing the open source tool, “Niagarafiles,” or “Nifi,” through the Apache Software Foundation. The spy agency said the release was the first in a series of open source software tools from its technology transfer program that shares agency-developed technologies with academia, industry and research organizations. The spy agency said Read more…

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…

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