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Microsoft Blends NoSQL with Relational DB in the Cloud

Aug 22, 2014 |

Microsoft yesterday unveiled Azure DocumentDB, a new cloud-hosted databases that adds elements of a relational database, such as SQL-like queries and transactional processing, into a document-oriented NoSQL database. The software giant also added HBase support to its hosted Hadoop solution and revealed a preview of Azure Search. The flexible schemas and distributed scalability of NoSQL databases have garnered them plenty of action lately, particularly when it comes to running large Websites and mobile applications. Document-oriented databases, such as those offered Read more…

Cloud Era Rising for Analytics?

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big organizations have traditionally run analytics on-site, for a number of reasons, including data security concerns. But the rise of flexible cloud deployment models and the rapid pace of product development are helping cloud offerings to chip away at on-site deployments, especially for analyzing data that originates in the cloud. The IT world has not been the same since Amazon Web Services first took to the Net way back in 2006. Suddenly, a business of any size had an easy Read more…

How a Top Ad Firm Stopped Fearing Big Data and Learned to Love Analytics

Aug 18, 2014 |

Competition in the $500-billion global advertising industry is brutal, and ad firms that fail to deliver are quickly shown the door by their clients. But in this age of big data analytics, delivering results is not enough, as clients increasingly demand to know exactly how their media buys boosted demand. As the sixth largest media buying and marketing firm in the world, Havas Media has created and executed print, online, display, and TV advertising strategies for some of the world’s Read more…

TPC Crafts More Rigorous Hadoop Benchmark From TeraSort Test

Aug 18, 2014 |

While Moore’s Law has made computing and storage capacity less expensive with each passing year, the amount of data that companies are storing and the number and sophistication of the algorithms that they want to employ on that data to perform analytics is growing faster than the prices are dropping. And that means the bang for the buck of the underlying hardware and the analytics software that runs atop it matter. The trouble is that benchmarking systems takes far too Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

News In Brief

Selfies Spawn Photo Analytics

Aug 21, 2014 |

An estimated 1.8 billion photos are shared on social media each day. Current “social listening tools” can’t analyze all this data. Enter Ditto Labs Inc., which touts its proprietary “visual recognition engine” that locates brand names in social media posts, then turns the information over to marketing geniuses. It’s the brave new world of “photo analytics,” according to Ditto, that uses its recognition engine to scan photos for corporate logos that might hint at how consumers “interact” with products and Read more…

U.S. Enlists Big Data to Fight Securities Fraud

Aug 19, 2014 |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) moved to reform its enforcement practices after missing the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme and other financial fraud by creating an Office of Market Intelligence in 2010. The office was intended to make use of new intelligence tools like big data analysis to improve securities enforcement. So far, the results of the SEC efforts have been mixed, according to the author of a recent law review article focusing on how the office has leveraged Read more…

Databases Used to Trace Western Migrations

Aug 15, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas used three databases of “notable individuals” over the last 2,000 years to trace western migration patterns. While Rome remained the cultural center of the European continent through the early Middle Ages, the researchers also found that Paris, locations in what is now the Netherlands and northern Italy were among the emerging cities that attracted European intellectuals and those elites who’s birth and death records made it into the databases. According to the Read more…

FTC Expands Scrutiny of Big Data Practices

Aug 14, 2014 |

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is stepping up its scrutiny of big data practices as concerns grow about misuse of private data collected by banks, retailers and other enterprises. The regulatory agency’s Bureau of Consumer Protection is hosting a Sept. 15 workshop. “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The event comes in response to growing concerns about individual privacy as mobile devices, cloud computing and predictive analytics techniques proliferate. FTC said it would examine whether big data is Read more…

This Just In

ProfitBricks Accelerating Big Data Projects with SDN and Infiniband

Apr 2, 2014 |

ProfitBricks, the price/performance leader in Cloud Computing IaaS, is now helping big data systems integrators like Altoros bring the power of the cloud to the high demand of its customers. Thanks to second generation technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and InfiniBand that are at the heart of the ProfitBricks cloud, Altoros customers can easily deploy Hadoop clusters for both temporary projects and continuous big data analysis programs.

Dell Acquires StatSoft

Mar 24, 2014 |

Dell today announced the acquisition of StatSoft, a leading provider of advanced analytics solutions that deliver a wide range of data mining, predictive analytics and data visualization capabilities. StatSoft combines comprehensive statistical analysis with advanced analytics to help organizations better understand their businesses, predict change, increase agility and control critical systems.

TDWI Checklist Report Helps Enterprises Explore Big Data Analytics

Mar 13, 2014 |

TDWI Research has released its newest Checklist Report, Utilizing Big Data Analytics with Hadoop. The report examines how enterprises can gain competitive advantage using advanced analytics and how several technologies are coming together to form the fabric of an analytics ecosystem.

UC San Diego Offering Big Data Seminar

Mar 6, 2014 |

The significance and real-world impact of Big Data — the popular term used to describe the exponential growth and availability of data, both structured and unstructured — will be explored at a specia lUniversity of California San Diego Extension seminar titled “Big Data at Work: A Conversation with the Experts.”

Glassbeam and Hitachi Data Systems Expand Partnership

Feb 19, 2014 |

Glassbeam, Inc., the machine data analytics company, today announced a global OEM agreement with Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS). Glassbeam’s flexible any data, any device, any cloud platform delivers advanced machine data analytics that provides OEM partners like HDS proactive information to manage storage, servers, networks and other IT assets for their enterprise customers.