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Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

Leverage Big Data Cross-Industry Panel: Video Now Available

Mar 27, 2015 |

  Big data means different things to different people. To some, massive data is a challenge to be overcome, while for others it’s an opportunity to seize. At Tabor Communications’ recent Leverage Big Data event, experts from different industries came together to compare their big data notes. As a professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University, Kirk Borne tracks things moving through the universe over space and time. But that broad description could refer to just about Read more…

Why Graph Databases Are Becoming Part of Everyday Life

Mar 26, 2015 |

Zephyr Health, a San Francisco-based software company that offers a data analytics platform for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, wanted its customers to unlock more value from their data relationships. Doing so would enable pharmaceutical companies, for example, to find the right doctors for a clinical trial by understanding relationships among a complex mix of public and private data such as specialty, geography, and clinical trial history. Old-school SQL databases were not up to the task. Traditional SQL databases Read more…

Mapping the Shape of Complex Data with Ayasdi

Mar 25, 2015 |

Machine learning has emerged as the most useful technology for analyzing big and complex data sets. But all too often, it takes a highly skilled data scientists to effectively wield machine learning tools. A company called Ayasdi is positioning a technique it calls Topological Data Analysis as a way to shortcut that machine learning skills gap. And if today’s news is any indication, it’s having tremendous success with this technique. Ayasdi was created in 2008 when a Stanford University mathematics Read more…

Watch DDN’s Molly Rector’s Leverage Big Data 2015 Keynote

Mar 24, 2015 |

When it comes to finding value in big data, there are almost as many paths as there are data sets. In her introductory keynote at last week’s Leverage Big Data event, Molly Rector, the chief marketing officer at Data Direct Networks, provided guidance on how to find your own path. Like many of the world’s top data scientists, Rector took a roundabout path to working with big data that included two degrees in biology and chemistry and years of work Read more…

News In Brief

Market Regulators Tap Into Big Data

Mar 24, 2015 |

Big data has already become a competitive differentiator in the private sector. But government regulators in the US and the UK are showing they can apply big data lessons in the public realm too, and have launched big data programs of their own. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) went live in early 2013 with Market Information Data Analytics System (MIDAS), a computer system that tracks the complete order books for all the equities traded on each of the 13 Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

How Madden’s Ratings Czar Rules NFL Analytics

Mar 13, 2015 |

Donny Moore probably knows more about the 2,600 players in the National Football League than anybody. As the so-called Ratings Czar for EA Sports, the company behind the Madden football video game franchise, Moore’s numeric assessment of how well each player runs, passes, catches, and tackles holds an improbable level of sway over the game. While the ratings Moore assigns to each NFL player are used for the purpose of simulating their athletic skills in the Madden video game, it Read more…

Where Does InfiniDB Go From Here?

Mar 5, 2015 |

Last September, the company behind InfiniDB, Calpont, went out of business. Up stepped MariaDB, the company behind the open source relational database, to serve as a steward for the product and provide support to customers. The big question on everybody’s mind is, where does the product go from here? InfiniDB is a columnar database management system designed to power analytic applications. Originally debuting in the year 2000, the software was built upon the MySQL database and includes its own SQL Read more…

Actian Claims ‘Permanent Performance Advantage’ with SQL-on-Hadoop Tool

Mar 2, 2015 |

The SQL-on-Hadoop sweepstakes are by no means over. What’s been dubbed the “gateway drug” for Hadoop is just starting to gain traction. But according to Actian, its SQL-on-Hadoop offering, dubbed Vortex, is out to an early–and permanent–lead in the performance department. At the recent Strata + Hadoop World show, Actian pitted Vortex against Cloudera’s Impala right in the booth, where it largely re-created the results of a 2014 TPC Decision Support (TPC-DS) benchmark test that showed Vortex completing a job Read more…

This Just In

Intel and Mitsubishi Collaborate

Sep 30, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 30 — Intel Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia. The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure, by combining Intel’s expertise developing solutions for IoT and Mitsubishi Electric’s “e-F@ctory” automation capabilities. Intel realized Read more…

SAS to Host Two Big Data Events in October

Sep 24, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., Sept. 24 — From data visualization to cybersecurity, marketing analytics to the Internet of Things, the sources and uses of data are rapidly evolving. This October in Las Vegas, decision makers and data scientists from around the world will gather at two events to explore and share how critical technologies — data mining, data visualization, Hadoop, forecasting and more — create value from big data. And they’ll examine big data threats too, including cyber-attacks and fraud. The Premier Read more…

RapidMiner World Conference Concludes

Aug 25, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 25 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner last week concluded its RapidMiner World conference, which brought together over 100 RapidMiner users and other data analytics industry experts from around the globe. The four-day conference, which took place from August 18 – 21 in Boston, explored the latest in predictive analytics, data mining, and the future of RapidMiner. With practical use cases and industry discussions, RapidMiner World attracted a wide-range of participants, ranging in skill-level and company role. In this inaugural U.S. Read more…

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.