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5 Ways Big Geospatial Data Is Driving Analytics In the Real World

May 21, 2015 |

Amid the flood of data we collect and contend with on a daily basis, geospatial data occupies a unique place. Thanks to the networks of GPS satellites and cell towers and the emerging Internet of Things, we’re able to track and correlate the location of people and objects in very precise ways that were not possible until recently. But putting this geospatial data to use is easier said than done. Here are five ways organizations can use geospatial data to Read more…

NoSQL Battle Heats Up As MarkLogic Hauls In $102M

May 12, 2015 |

Just a year ago, MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom couldn’t get any respect in the Wild West shootout that is the NoSQL database market. But today, with $102 million in new financing and a valuation north of $1 billion for MarkLogic, Bloom has a little swagger to his step as he takes aim at his direct competitors Datastax, Couchbase, and MongoDB. The NoSQL database market has seen its share trash talking over five years as a motley crew of commercial open Read more…

How Hadoop Solved BT’s Data Velocity Problem

May 8, 2015 |

Like most large corporations with millions of customers, BT (British Telecom) has an extensive collection of databases, and is constantly moving data in and out of them. But when data growth maxed out a critical ETL server, it found a solution in a distributed Hadoop system. With £18 billion (about $30 billion) in revenue last year, BT is one of the largest telecommunications provider in the world, and serves more than 18 million consumers and nearly 3 million businesses in Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…

IoT Analytics: A Game Changer for Customer Support

May 5, 2015 |

Customer service costs continue to increase, driven by the greater complexity of today’s products, growing compensation costs for personnel, and higher expectations of quality service among customers. Companies may be tempted to cut back on the quality of support to save money, but there’s a better option: IoT analytics. Many new products offered today are more complex than the ones they replace. Many customers, VARs, and distributors today don’t have the time or expertise to solve problems with products they Read more…

News In Brief

What Informatica’s Buyout Means to Big Data Integration

Apr 8, 2015 |

Yesterday’s news that Informatica has agreed to be bought out by private equity firms for $5.3 billion has stirred a frenzy of activity in the big data integration community. For those working at data integration startups, the news represented a death knell of sorts for “old style” ETL and the recognition that newer data integration technologies and techniques are here to stay. “Rest in Peace Old ETL” says Darren Cunningham, a former Informatica manager who now heads up product management Read more…

What Apple’s Purchase of FoundationDB Would Mean for NoSQL

Mar 30, 2015 |

Apple raised some eyebrows in the big data space last week when it was reported that it’s buying NoSQL database developer FoundationDB. For some, the move signaled the emergence of a new group of highly scalable NoSQL database vendors that could challenge the “Big 3″ of NoSQL, while for others it was a warning sign for turbulence ahead. FoundationDB is a key value store-based NoSQL database designed to provide extreme scalability without giving up core ACID properties. Modeled after the Read more…

Couchbase Breaks Up NoSQL Database Functions for Scalability

Mar 23, 2015 |

Couchbase today unveiled a plan to boost the scalability and performance of its NoSQL database by allowing customers to separate key database functions and run them on dedicated servers. The multi-dimensional scaling capability that Couchbase plans to ship later this year with Couchbase Server 4.0 will allow customers to separate three key workloads that the database performs—indexing, queries, and reads/writes—and thereby get around a built-in limitation in the database’s scale-out architecture. “Multi-dimensional scaling basically allows you to separate these tasks Read more…

Cloudera Brings Kafka Under Its ‘Data Hub’ Wing

Feb 18, 2015 |

Cloudera is making Apache Kafka a supported part of its Hadoop distribution, the company announced today. While Kafka still doesn’t run on Hadoop, Cloudera says the changes it is instituting will help CDH customers build real-time analytics applications that span Hadoop and Kafka. Kafka is an open source message broker that’s designed to handle massive flows of streaming, real-time data, such as log data. The software was originally developed at LinkedIn, which uses it to process hundreds of millions of Read more…

MapR Delivers Bi-Directional Replication with Distro Refresh

Feb 18, 2015 |

A new release of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop unveiled today will enable companies to perform real-time, bi-directional data replication between Hadoop clusters that are thousands of miles apart. The new table replication feature was added to MapR-DB, the NoSQL database included with the high-end edition of MapR’s commercial Hadoop offering. As Hadoop adoption grows, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to ensure that they’re acting on the latest, freshest data. This fast-data problem is particularly evident in organizations that Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Ryft Open API Library Extends Lightning-Fast Batch and Streaming Analysis to Existing Big Data Environments 

May 21, 2015 |

ROCKVILLE, MD., May 21 — Ryft announced today the availability of the Ryft Open API Library, expanding the company’s Ryft ONE high-performance data analysis capabilities into existing big data environments. Developers can now invoke or extend the Ryft Open API to add hardware-driven acceleration to applications that demand real-time intelligence from all types of batch and streaming data. Now, Ryft combines the flexibility of an open, future-proof 1U platform with the speed, simplicity, scalability and security of a purpose-built analytics accelerator for 100X faster enterprise decision-making Read more…

DataStax Announces DSE 4.7

May 19, 2015 |

May 19, 2015 – DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, today announced the general availability of DataStax Enterprise 4.7 (DSE 4.7), the leading database platform purpose-built for the performance and availability demands of web, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With significant advancements to integrated enterprise search, analytics, security, in-memory computing, and database management and monitoring, DSE 4.7 is the leading distributed database for mixed workload deployments. PERSPECTIVES ON THE NEWS “Enterprise search is an indispensable tool Read more…