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For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

HP Throws Trafodion Hat into OLTP Hadoop Ring

Jul 14, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard last month quietly unveiled Trafodion, an ANSI-compliant relational SQL database that’s now available as an open source productd. With two decades of development at HP and the new capability to run on top of HBase, Trafodion could provide a big boost to efforts to run transactional workloads on Hadoop. The database technology behind Trafodion (which is Welsh for “transaction”) has been around for a long time at Hewlett-Packard, but it was dancing perilously close to the waste bin of Read more…

Google Re-Imagines MapReduce, Launches DataFlow

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s well known in the industry that more than 10 years ago Google invented MapReduce, the technology at the heart of first-generation Hadoop. It’s less well known that Google moved away from MapReduce several years ago. Today at its Google I/O 2014 conference, the Web giant unveiled a possible successor to MapReduce called Dataflow, which it’s selling through its hosted cloud service. Google Cloud Dataflow is a managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform, and analyze massive amounts Read more…

Teradata Moves Virtual Data Warehouse Forward with MongoDB

Jun 19, 2014 |

MongoDB and Teradata today announced they’re working to integrate their products to boost the analytic and transactional workloads of their joint customers. The goal of the partnership is to find a better way to feed operational JSON data from Mongo’s NoSQL database into Teradata’s warehouse, enabling faster turnaround of analytic questions. The new capability leverages Teradata’s newly added JSON data type support and its QueryGrid functionality, which Teradata added in April with version 15 of its eponymous database. The QueryGrid Read more…

Facebook Adds Another 9 to HBase Availability

Jun 9, 2014 |

As one of the largest users of Hadoop in the world, Facebook knows a thing or two about running the big data platform for a high degree of availability. Last week, the social media giant’s engineering team explained how it built something called HydraBase to boost the reliability of the HBase data store to a mainframe-like 99.999 percent, or just five minutes of unexpected downtime per year. Facebook has been using the HBase key-value store for a variety of applications Read more…

News In Brief

Couchbase Doesn’t Take $60M Round Lying Down

Jun 26, 2014 |

NoSQL database developer Couchbase today announced a $60 million round of venture funding from venture firms, bringing its total funding to $115 million. Couchbase’s CEO Bob Wiederhold tells Datanami the $60 million will be used primarily to accelerate product development. “We have a number of projects that we’re very excited about and that have gotten a lot of interest in the market,” Wiederhold says. “The biggest one is our mobile strategy. We also will invest more aggressively in expanding our Read more…

Big Data is the New Engine of the Internet

Jun 5, 2014 |

Mobile devices and expanding networks of sensors are generating huge amounts of data that are increasingly searchable and can be shared to discern patterns and, potentially, to solve problems, according to an annual report on the state of the Internet. The “Internet Trends 2014″ survey by Mary Meeker, an analyst with venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins Caufield, Byers, also asserts that the “mining [of a] rising amount of data has the potential to yield patterns that help solve basic, previously Read more…

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

Apr 14, 2014 |

A speedy operational database integrated with a real-time analytics platform widely used by telecommunications service providers could help carriers extract information about millions of mobile subscribers, then monetize data through revenue generators like contextual advertising.

VoltDB Nabs $8 Million in VC Funding to Tackle IoT

Mar 18, 2014 |

VoltDB, the company behind the in-memory relational database of the same name, has completed a Series B funding round $8 million richer. The round was led by existing stakeholders Sigma Ventures and Kepha Partners, plus three new unnamed “strategic investors,” bringing the firm’s total venture capital investment to $18.7 million.

Put a Data Warehouse In Your Operational Data Store, MemSQL Says

Feb 6, 2014 |

MemSQL is one of a new class of in-memory relational databases that’s gaining momentum for its capability to ingest and analyze large amounts of data in near real time. With today’s unveiling of MemSQL 3.0, the NewSQL database gets a new Flash-based columnar store designed to store and analyze historical data too. It’s all about enabling organizations to make the best decisions as fast as possible.

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