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Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Keeping on Top of Data Drift

Feb 3, 2016 |

Data is often thought to be constant and immutable. A given piece of data is defined by 1s and 0s, and it never changes. But there’s an emerging school of thought in the big data world that sees data as constantly drifting and mutating in response to forces around it. Without processes put in place to detect it, this data drift can wreak havoc on one’s understanding, expert warn. Organizations that collect huge amounts of data from many different sources, and Read more…

Hadoop’s Second Decade: Where Do We Go From Here?

Feb 2, 2016 |

As we reported last week, the first Hadoop cluster went online at Yahoo 10 years ago. The platform has enjoyed phenomenal, if improbable, growth since then. But where does it go from here? Once again, we tapped the knowledge of Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and other experts in the big data industry to get the low down on the high technology. Cutting, who is the chief architect at commercial Hadoop pioneer Cloudera, sees the loose confederation of open source projects Read more…

Knowing What’s Possible a Big Obstacle for Big Data

Feb 1, 2016 |

There are many reasons why a given organization may be lagging on big data analytics adoption. The shortage of data scientists is one, and the tightening of budgets is another. But according to analytic experts, one of the biggest obstacles to adopting big data is just knowing what is possible. “The biggest obstacle we’re running into is not knowing what’s possible. This is the single biggest problem we’re running into,” says Praveen Kankariya, the founder and CEO of Impetus Technologies, Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

News In Brief

Tech ‘Democratization’ Seen Fueling Analytics Boom

Feb 4, 2016 |

The “democratization” of analytics illustrated by the transition to self-service business intelligence and foolproof BI platforms promises to boost to global analytics market to new heights in 2016 and beyond, market researcher forecast. Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) predicted the worldwide BI and analytics market would reach $16.9 billion this year, up 5.2 percent over 2015. Last month, it projected the “advanced analytics” market would grow at a 14-percent clip this year to $1.5 billion as more data is shared on Read more…

Redis Connector Aims to Boost Spark Performance

Feb 2, 2016 |

Adoption of the Apache Spark big data framework continues to build momentum with the release of NoSQL leader Redis Labs’ integration with Spark SQL along with the release of its Spark connector package. Redis Labs said Tuesday (Feb. 2) its Spark connector package is being released as an open source option that includes a library for writing to and reading from a Redis cluster. The release includes access to all data structures from Spark as a resilient distributed dataset (RDD) Read more…

Investors Await Clearer Big Data Strategies

Feb 1, 2016 |

Institutional investors and financial market analysts are bullish about the value of data analytics, according to a recent survey by financial advisor KPMG, but are still waiting to see how it can create a competitive advantage for early adopters. Data and analytics “will indeed alter the competitive landscape—rewarding some companies and punishing others—especially in the longer term,” concluded Bradley Fisher, U.S. leader for data and analytics at KPMG and a partner in the firm. “Investors and analysts see greatest opportunity for Read more…

Gartner Sees Analytics Boom as More Data is Shared

Jan 28, 2016 |

Advanced analytics techniques like data and text mining, machine learning and visualization are poised to shake up entire industries as more enterprises leverage proprietary algorithms along with emerging platforms to securely share more data, a market watcher predicts. In a forecast released Thursday (Jan. 28), Gartner Inc. predicted the red-hot advanced analytics market will grow 14 percent this year to $1.5 billion. By 2018, it predicts more than half of large global enterprises will leverage analytics and proprietary algorithms on Read more…

Real-Time Streaming Gone ‘Bananas’

Jan 26, 2016 |

Akuda Labs is touting the throughput and power of a real-time stream data processing system it released last week. The company says the software, dubbed Bananas, runs 10 times faster that Apache Spark Streaming, with considerably less latency. The Spark comparison comes from an internal benchmark test that Akuda Labs performed on a 16-core virtual cluster equipped with 16GB of RAM and a 10Gbps connection. The goal of the test was to see how quickly Spark Streaming and Bananas could Read more…

This Just In

Continuum Analytics Releases Anaconda 2.5

Feb 8, 2016 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Feb. 8 — Continuum Analytics, the creator and driving force behind Anaconda, the leading modern open source analytics platform powered by Python, today announced the release of Anaconda 2.5. The latest version of Anaconda is now coupled with Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL) optimization to supercharge analytics for data science teams worldwide. The R-Essentials package with Anaconda is bundled with Microsoft R Open (MRO), the leading enterprise R distribution, to make available the best Open Data Science solution for data Read more…

Beabloo Selects Hortonworks to Power Analytics Platform for Retail

Feb 4, 2016 |

LONDON, U.K., Feb. 4 — Hortonworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced it has expanded its European customer base by adding Beabloo, the global omnichannel digital marketing company. With Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Beabloo can process and analyse huge amounts of unstructured data to help its merchant customers increase revenues whilst optimising the retail experience. Through a mix of analytics tools, physical sensors and digital marketing assets such as displays or beacons, Beabloo enables retail merchants to communicate efficiently, understand consumer behaviour and configure their Read more…

Booz Allen Hamilton and Hortonworks Align to Advance Business Transformation

Feb 4, 2016 |

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 4 — Today’s organizations are moving at an unprecedented rate of speed, whether they seek quantum leaps in efficiency and cost-savings or actionable insights into intractable problems. Radical change is the expectation and technology offers the ability to analyze data as never before. As a result, buyers are demanding individualized experiences and enterprise architecture is fundamentally shifting towards an open model. To help clients take advantage of this evolution, management and technology consulting firm and data science leader Read more…

ASRock Rack Joins EnterpriseHPC‘16 as a Sponsor

Feb 4, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 4 — The EnterpriseHPC’16 summit, the market-leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale computing in commercial settings, today announced that ASRock Rack has joined the summit as a Bronze Sponsor. EnterpriseHPC’16, scheduled for March 20-22, 2016, at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California, will once again host executives in commercial organizations who are exploring the benefits and associated challenges of scaling their enterprise computing to meet new production opportunities available Read more…

IBM Launches Cloud Data and Analytics Marketplace for Developers

Feb 4, 2016 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 4 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available on the IBM Cloud. They are designed to help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. The hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party Read more…