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Rethinking Hadoop for HPC

Jan 26, 2015 |

Hadoop’s momentum has caught the eye of those in the high performance computing (HPC) community, who want to participate and benefit from the fast pace of development. However, the relatively poor performance and high latency of Hadoop applications is a real concern. To address the problem and make Hadoop a better fit for HPC resources, some are exploring how they can rewrite certain components of Hadoop in a more HPC-like manner. Those in the HPC world look at what’s happening 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…

Pulling Insights from Unstructured Data – Nine Key Steps

Jan 16, 2015 |

Data, data everywhere, but not a drop to use. Companies are increasingly confronted with floods of data, including “unstructured data” which is information from within email messages, social posts, phone calls, and other sources that isn’t easily put into a traditional column. Making sense and actionable recommendations from structured data is difficult, and doing so from unstructured data is even harder. Despite the challenge, the benefits can be substantial. Companies that commit to examining unstructured data that comes from devices 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…

News In Brief

The Humanist’s Emerging Role in Big Data

Jan 21, 2015 |

The combination of big data and advanced analytics can help us find answers to questions that may otherwise stay unknown. But what questions are we asking of our big data sets, and what data are we using? The answers are important, and point to the need for a humanist’s touch in big data projects. In a recent TED talk and report, Susan Etlinger, a social media analytics expert at the Altimeter Group, elaborated on the need to understand the context Read more…

Cloudera Teams with Google to Run Dataflow on Spark

Jan 20, 2015 |

Cloudera and Google today announced that they’re working together to get Dataflow–the big data pipeline model Google publicly launched last June–to run on Apache Spark, thereby giving customers more freedom to run their big data applications wherever they see fit. Google Cloud Dataflow is a managed service for creating data pipelines that ingest, transform, and analyze massive amounts of data, in either batch or streaming modes, using the same SDK and API. The service is based internal Google technologies like Read more…

Procured Data Feed Promises To Be ‘Disruptive,’ 1010data Says

Jan 13, 2015 |

Customers normally bring their own data when they buy or subscribe to a data analytics software or service. But with the new 1010data Facts offering unveiled today, customers not only get advanced analytic tooling, but they can get access to a variety of data feeds, including some proprietary sources that the CEO of 1010data promises to be disruptive. The new 1010data Facts offering is a data exchange of sorts. On the one hand, it provides companies with access to a Read more…

Ex-Security Chief Dishes on Israel’s Big Data Ops

Jan 7, 2015 |

The former head of the Israel Security Agency’s IT unit says big data has been widely used by the Israeli military to track down and kill enemies of the Israeli state, including several senior Hamas leaders killed during the Israeli incursion into Gaza Strip last summer. “I am telling you with certainty that quite a few [dead] terrorists are looking at us from the sky owing to Big Data capabilities,” Ronen Horowitz told the web site IsraelDefense.com in his first Read more…

Data Tools Aid Open Source Intelligence

Dec 9, 2014 |

U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are increasingly leveraging analytics platforms based on machine learning to sift through data sources like social media. In the vernacular of the Pentagon, these efforts are generally referred to as open source intelligence initiatives. While the U.S. intelligence community is spending billions of dollars on geospatial intelligence—the analysis and exploitation of imagery and geospatial information—open source efforts focusing on unstructured data like web pages, emails, instant messaging and social media are augmenting those efforts. 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.