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Now and Then: The Evolution of In-Memory Computing

Jul 29, 2014 |

The history of data warehousing, big data, and analytics can be described as a constant challenge to process and analyze ever-increasing volumes of data in shorter amounts of time. Fundamentally, the single biggest factor that affects our ability to process data is the speed at which we can access it, and then do something with it. Data warehousing architectures have addressed this over the years by adopting massively parallel processing (MPP) designs, but the lower latency of in-memory computing combined Read more…

How Spark Helps ClearStory Achieve Data Harmony

Jul 28, 2014 |

When the folks at ClearStory Data set out to build a big data harmonization tool that could automatically converge diverse data streams into a single coherent view for analysis, they figured they’d have to develop much of the underlying technology themselves. Then they heard of the Apache Spark project at Cal Berkeley’s AMPlab, and the rest, as they say, is history. ClearStory Data was founded several years ago by two high-tech veterans, Sharmila Mulligan and Vaibhav Nivargi, with the idea Read more…

Enforcing Hadoop SLAs in a Big YARN World

Jul 23, 2014 |

The Apache Hadoop community has done a truly amazing job developing a scalable and versatile platform for big data analytic workloads. And with the recent introduction of YARN in Hadoop 2, we’re now able to run multiple analytic engines on our clusters simultaneously. Unfortunately, the prospect for resource contention has also gone up, and that will likely increase demand for service level agreement (SLA) enforcement. YARN made its big introduction just as companies started to move their Hadoop deployments out Read more…

Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

Where Does Spark Go From Here?

Jul 11, 2014 |

The excitement behind Apache Spark reached an apex last week during the 2014 Spark Summit put on by Databricks, the company behind the in-memory analytics phenomenon. With a large community of users and growing support from software vendors, the future for Spark certainly appears bright. But there’s a large amount of work ahead to fulfill the promise of Spark, including hardening various components. Providing an easier-to-use alternative to MapReduce is the first use case for Spark, which is said to Read more…

News In Brief

HP Taps Hortonworks to Supply Hadoop for HAVEn

Jul 24, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard and Hortonworks today announced a strategic partnership that will see the vendors work together around Hadoop. In exchange for HP’s $50 million investment in Hortonworks, HP gets the right to distribute the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) as the Hadoop component of its HAVEn big data suite. While HP offers a range of IT solutions for big data problems, the IT giant has not had a very aggressive Hadoop strategy. It strengthened its Hadoop story in June 2013, when it Read more…

Teradata Acquires Revelytix, Hadapt

Jul 22, 2014 |

Teradata Corp., the analytic data platform vendor, said it has expanded its big data portfolio with a pair of recent acquisitions. Teradata, based in Dayton, Ohio, said July 22 it has acquired the assets of Revelytix, an information management specialist, along with big data technologists and intellectual property from Hadapt. The Revelytix deal was completed on July 16; the Hadapt acquisition on July 17, Teradata said. Terms of the two acquisitions were not disclosed, the company said, because they are Read more…

Talend’s ‘Sandbox’ Aims to Speed Big Data Projects

Jul 17, 2014 |

Data integration software vendor Talend said it hopes to speed the launch of new data projects with a preconfigured virtual platform it calls the “Big Data Sandbox.” Talend, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and Suresnes, France, announced the availability of the virtual environment on July 16. The sandbox provides real-world use cases and interactive learning tools with the goal of getting big data projects off the ground faster. The company noted the need for more big data automation tools as Read more…

Survey: Variety, Not Volume, Stymies Data Scientists

Jul 1, 2014 |

Diverse data types, not just the volume of data, is the biggest challenge faced by data scientists, according to a new survey of big data practitioners. One consequence, warns the survey by computational database specialist Paradigm4, is that data variety is causing frustrated scientists to “leave data on the table.” Of the 111 data scientists responding to the survey, fully 71 percent said big data made analytics more difficult. Data variety rather than volume was most often cited as the Read more…

See Spark Run on NoSQL, DataStax Says

Jun 30, 2014 |

DataStax today announced that Apache Spark is included in the latest release of its NoSQL databases, including open source Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise version 4.5. Those databases now include the in-memory Spark tools, thereby giving customers a new option for running analytic workloads on transactional data. Apache Spark has garnered loads of attention as a potent analytic toolset for Hadoop. Developers are eager for Spark, which offers a single API for accessing a treasure trove of machine learning, graph, SQL, Read more…

This Just In

Actian Introduces Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program

Jul 29, 2014 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 29 – Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the first company to deliver an end-to-end big data analytics platform that runs natively in Hadoop, today announced its Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program designed to help companies jumpstart analytics projects or rapidly move existing ones into production. The program provides a complete roadmap to address specific business challenges, with proven methodologies and pre-defined workflows to accelerate customers along their analytics journey. Developed by data scientists in Actian’s Analytics Center of Excellence Read more…

Zettaset Simplifies Big Data Security and Management for the Enterprise

Jul 24, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 24 – Zettaset, the leader in Big Data security, today announced it is making Zettaset Orchestrator’s cornerstone Big Data security capabilities available as stand-alone product offerings. Customers now have the flexibility to leverage the complete platform, Orchestrator, or adopt individual feature applications as needed – such as enterprise data encryption and multi-service high availability – to customize and secure their Big Data environments. Businesses today are seeking Big Data solutions that complement their existing technology investments and Read more…

InfiniDB Offering New Accelerator Program

Jul 23, 2014 |

FRISCO, Tex., July 23 – InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today unveiled the InfiniDB Accelerator Program that is geared to help organizations fast track an enterprise deployment of InfiniDB. The program gets highly skilled InfiniDB Solution Architects involved early in the process to help assess the customer’s technical problems to be solved, determine how InfiniDB can best provide a solution, and provide a framework to help the organization meet milestones for implementation success. InfiniDB provides unparalleled technical Read more…

MapR Partners with TCS

Jul 22, 2014 |

July 22 – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, today announced a new partnership with MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, to help enterprise customers easily and rapidly capture critical big data insights. The partnership’s new big data offerings will shift the IT cost curve and allow companies to strategically reimagine their business models.Gartner predicts the market size of Business Intelligence/Performance Management and Analytics to be $96 billion by 2016, Read more…

Corvil Introduces New Streaming Analytics Platform

Jul 22, 2014 |

July 22 — Corvil, the IT data analytics company for business in the Now, today announced its new streaming analytics platform for real-time operational intelligence and big data integration. The new Corvil Giga release is a major step forward for the Financial Markets industry and others that need to operate their business in true real-time. Addressing the need to prepare for the new wave of financial regulations, mitigating risk against IT failure and malicious attack, accessing real-time operational intelligence to Read more…