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The Big Data Behind Shell’s Super-Efficient Car Races

Apr 15, 2015 |

Most Americans are interested in the fuel efficiency of automobiles these days, a byproduct of higher gas prices and the growing acceptance of manmade climate change. But for the students who participated in last weekend’s Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit, getting 100 miles per gallon–or even 1,000 MPG–may not be enough to win. More than 1,000 high school and college students from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala descended upon the Motor City last weekend to put their fuel-efficient creations Read more…

Hadoop: The Tale of Data Storage to Data Processing

Apr 14, 2015 |

The expectations of CIOs around Hadoop are changing. They’re demanding more ROI from their data and saying goodbye to ‘experimentation.’ Of course, Hadoop is everywhere right now, but we’re seeing people (and companies) coining phrases such as “businesses becoming more data-driven.” Since its inception, Hadoop has served as the quintessential landing zone for all lines of business and the data that resides in those lines. The open-source framework was a data storage trailblazer that got us to where we are Read more…

Why Cybersecurity Needs Big Data Tech, Especially Hadoop

Apr 9, 2015 |

When cyber criminals really started ramping up their activities several years ago, security experts realized they needed bigger and better tools if they had any hope of slowing them down. In the wake of 2014, or “The Year of the Data Breach,” it’s clear those efforts largely failed, which is why so many security experts today are banking their hopes on Hadoop. Cybersecurity has become a big data problem because the size and complexity of the data has simply grown Read more…

Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Deep Gooses MySQL Performance with New Database Math

Apr 7, 2015 |

Deep Information Sciences today unveiled a new storage engine for MySQL that it claims will blow any other database engine out of the water in performance and scalability. The secret to creating a 1 trillion row database or ingesting data at the heady rate of 60 million rows per minute, they say, is the total elimination of 1970s-style math from the stack. Despite the recent proliferation of new database management systems, such NoSQL and NewSQL databases, most databases today use Read more…

News In Brief

Google Cloud Dataflow Now Open for Business

Apr 16, 2015 |

Google today formally took the wraps off Cloud Dataflow, the hosted offering designed to allow developers with average Java and Python skills to build sophisticated analytic “pipelines” that process huge amounts of data. Google introduced Cloud Dataflow about a year ago as a next-gen platform for building systems that can ingest, transform, normalize, and analyze huge amounts of data—well into the exabyte range, Google executives said. The software is built on the infrastructure and technology that powers Google’s own applications, Read more…

MySQL Leader Percona Takes Aim at MongoDB

Apr 14, 2015 |

The company driving the MySQL database today unveiled a plan to go after MongoDB’s business with a drop-in replacement for the popular document-oriented NoSQL database. The new strategy is the result of Percona’s acquisition today of TokuTek, which owns exclusive commercial rights to the patented Fractal Tree indexing technology. Up to this point, Percona has kept a relatively low profile as the brains behind MySQL. While the open source relational database is owned by Oracle, many of the fixes and Read more…

Hortonworks Deals to Streamline Hadoop Deployments

Apr 13, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced the acquisition of Sequence IQ, a Hungarian developer of cloud deployment automation tools for Hadoop. Hortonworks, which is hosting its Hadoop Summit Europe in Brussels this week, also shipped a maintenance release of its Hadoop distribution that includes Apache Ambari 2.0 and officially adds Apache Spark to the mix. One of the big challenges customers face when implementing a modern Hadoop cluster is just getting it up and running. It’s not such an issue in small clusters Read more…

What Informatica’s Buyout Means to Big Data Integration

Apr 8, 2015 |

Yesterday’s news that Informatica has agreed to be bought out by private equity firms for $5.3 billion has stirred a frenzy of activity in the big data integration community. For those working at data integration startups, the news represented a death knell of sorts for “old style” ETL and the recognition that newer data integration technologies and techniques are here to stay. “Rest in Peace Old ETL” says Darren Cunningham, a former Informatica manager who now heads up product management Read more…

Predictive Analytics Now In Reach Of the Average Enterprise, Forrester Says

Apr 7, 2015 |

The average enterprise is better positioned than ever to take advantage of advanced analytic software, says Forrester Research, which put out its annual power rankings for advanced analytic tool vendors last week. “Good news! Predictive analytics is within easy reach for all enterprises if they choose the right big data predictive analytics solution to meet their needs,” write Forrester analysts in the company’s latest Forrester Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. Predictive analytics is a “business game changer” that Read more…

This Just In

Hortonworks Appoints New CTO

Apr 15, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15 — Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced it has appointed Scott Gnau as chief technology officer. Scott is an established industry leader with vast experience driving technology vision in the enterprise. Scott will begin his new role with Hortonworks on April 27, 2015. He will be responsible for the organization’s global technology strategy, leading innovative product directions and providing expertise and leadership across Hortonworks research and development programs. “Scott’s deep experience in data management Read more…

Birst Announces Partnership with Tableau

Apr 15, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 15 — Birst, a global leader in Cloud BI and Analytics, announced today a technology partnership with Tableau Software, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics. This product integration brings Tableau’s powerful visual analytics to Birst’s agile and scalable Cloud BI data platform through an ODBC connector. Companies and organizations around the world will be able to easily refine and unify their data with Birst and then seamlessly analyze it in Tableau. Traditionally, companies have been locked into slow legacy Read more…

Splunk Cloud Now Available on Amazon Web Services

Apr 15, 2015 |

April 15 – Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk Cloud is generally available (GA) internationally through nine Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) global regions and will be available soon in AWS GovCloud for U.S. government agencies, contractors and businesses. Splunk Cloud has gained significant traction as an enterprise-ready cloud service with a 100 percent uptime service level agreement (SLA). Splunk Cloud offers enterprise scalability of 10+ Terabytes per day. Experience the power Read more…

DataStax Enterprise on HP Moonshot Announced

Apr 14, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 14 — DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, today announced DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on HP Moonshot, a joint database management solution that delivers breakthrough efficiency and scale. In today’s data-driven world, it’s critical for businesses to derive real-time insight from extremely high-volume, high-velocity, dynamic and unstructured data. DSE on HP Moonshot provides organizations with a database management solution designed to handle massive amounts of data across many servers with predictable scalability and exceptional Read more…

Hortonworks Unveils Advancements to Drive Enterprise Hadoop Pervasiveness

Apr 14, 2015 |

April 14 — Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced a series of cloud deployment, operations, security, data governance and user experience advancements aimed at making Apache Hadoop ubiquitous across mainstream enterprises. These advancements reinforce Hortonworks’ dedication to provide enterprises with a complete enterprise Hadoop platform entirely in open source. “The first decade of Hadoop’s existence was focused on solidifying the core to become the foundation of a centralized data architecture. It’s clear that Hadoop Read more…