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Rethinking Enterprise Search for the Big Data Age

Aug 31, 2015 |

The humble search engine has retained a prominent place in the toolboxes of would-be data explorers. You see Solr and Lucene sitting at the Hadoop table, right alongside SQL and machine learning. But some search experts–including one who helped build Microsoft Bing–says traditional search engines are too long in the tooth for today’s big data challenges. There’s no doubt that Internet search engines, such as Google and Bing, have changed how we retrieve information, says Donald Thompson, the co-founder and CTO Read more…

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Hortonworks Boosts Streaming Analytics, IoT Plays with NiFi Deal

Aug 25, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Onyara, the company behind the data routing and streaming technology called Apache NiFi. The Hadoop heavy also announced NiFi will be the basis for its second major product line, Hortonworks DataFlow, which will underlie real-time streaming analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The National Security Agency created Apache NiFi eight years ago to address its real-time data collection needs. Short for Niagrafiles (a play on Niagara Falls), the technology was designed Read more…

How Spark Democratizes Analytic Value from Hadoop Lakes

Aug 24, 2015 |

So you’ve installed Hadoop and built a data lake to house all the bits and bytes that your organization previously discarded. So now what? If you follow the advice from industry experts, the next step on your analytics journey is to add Apache Spark to the mix. It’s common for people to confuse Hadoop with analytics, says Rob Thomas, vice president of product development at IBM Analytics. “Hadoop itself doesn’t do analytics,” Thomas tells Datanami. “Hadoop is the data storage Read more…

Big Data Workloads in the Cloud: One Size Does Not Fit All

Aug 21, 2015 |

There is a bewildering array of big data platforms in the cloud today including multiple flavors of Hadoop and varied technologies from major vendors. The difficulty of selecting the “right cloud platform” is exacerbated by the fact that there are no established guidelines about how to configure the right cloud infrastructure to support a specific use case around a set of technologies and related workloads. There is also a gap in the service levels needed by enterprise clients compared to Read more…

News In Brief

Apache Spark Gets IBM Mainframe Connection

Sep 1, 2015 |

IBM’s recent embrace of Apache Spark is beginning to generate dividends in the form of open source contributions for a mainframe big data link to Spark. Big data software vendor Syncsort, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said Tuesday (Sept. 1) it is contributing an IBM z System mainframe connector for Apache Spark that would allow easier access to mainframe data using Spark’s analytics and Spark SQL. The company described its latest mainframe connector as being similar to the Apache Sqoop link it Read more…

Carlyle Group Acquires Novetta

Aug 31, 2015 |

Privately held Novetta, a provider of an analytics platform designed to help clients sift through huge datasets never intended for analysis together, said it has been sold to the Carlyle Group. Arlington Capital Partners announced the deal to sell Novetta to the Washington, DC-based asset manager on Aug. 27. Novetta, McLean, Va., is best known for its cyber analytic offerings. It moved earlier this year to broaden its reach into the commercial market with a Hadoop-based solution called Novetta Entity Read more…

Intel Investments Seek to Speed Big Data Rollouts

Aug 27, 2015 |

Chipmaker Intel Corp. is expanding its push into big data with an equity investment and a technology partnership with BlueData, the startup that specializes in generating virtualized big data clusters. Along with the strategic technology alliance, BlueData, Mountain View, Calif., announced a $20 million funding round this week led by Intel Capital. Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners and an undisclosed investor joined the Series C funding round. The partnership calls for BlueData to tailor its big data infrastructure software Read more…

NASCAR Analytics Races To ‘Younger Crowd’

Aug 20, 2015 |

NASCAR is seeking to engage with racing enthusiasts via a new analytics platform that seeks to leverage, among other things, unstructured text data collected directly from NASCAR fans. The motor racing organization began working with partner HP Enterprise Services in 2013 to develop the Fan and Media Engagement Center, or FMEC. The platform is designed to track social media and break down unstructured text data using real-time analytics. The goal is to expand NASCAR’s fan base as current die-hard fans Read more…

MarkLogic Hones Its Triple Store

Aug 18, 2015 |

There’s a lot of ways companies are trying to store and analyze data today, but one of the most compelling involves graph analytics. MarkLogic, which supports a variant of the graph database known as a semantic triple store, hopes that a recent update puts this type of big data analysis on the map for more customers. MarkLogic develops a so-called multi-modal database that can shapeshift depending on the problem at hand. Its document store and search engine capabilities shined when Read more…

This Just In

Birst Unveils Networked BI to Transform Enterprise Analytics

Sep 2, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 2 — Birst, the global leader in Cloud BI and Analytics, has announced “Networked BI,” which completely redefines the way BI is delivered and consumed. This new technology enables global governance with local execution and further realizes Birst’s vision of trusted and agile collaboration between centralized and decentralized teams. Traditionally, organizations have depended on centralized IT to physically replicate data and metadata infrastructures to enable analytics for decentralized groups. This approach is time consuming, expensive and, ultimately, a Read more…

BlueTalon Partners With Cloudera

Aug 31, 2015 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 31 — BlueTalon, a leading provider of data-centric security for Hadoop, SQL and big data environments, today announced that Cloudera has certified the BlueTalon Policy Engine to deliver integrated big data security on CDH. Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, has certified the BlueTalon Policy Engine 2.0 with Impala or Hive as part of Cloudera Enterprise to meet customers’ demand for further fine-grained data access and control. Cloudera Enterprise is designed to Read more…

Navigator Joins Cloudera Accelerator Program

Aug 27, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 27 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced that Cloudera Navigator has joined the Cloudera Accelerator Program, a partner program designed to expedite the development and certification of partner applications on pervasive Hadoop technologies. Cloudera Navigator, the most popular data management and governance solution for Hadoop, has become the de facto standard in the industry for partners and users alike. This collaboration between leading data management and governance providers will ensure Read more…

Teradata Extends Commitment to SUSE Linux Enterprise

Aug 26, 2015 |

NUREMBERG, Germany, Aug. 26 — SUSE today announced Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, has renewed and extended its commitment to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the strategic platform across Teradata’s entire product portfolio. The new agreement extends the two companies’ original seven-year partnership an additional seven years. “Teradata empowers organizations to create a competitive advantage by leveraging data and analytics,” said Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services for Teradata. “Our close relationship and collaboration with SUSE has allowed Teradata to Read more…

The ASF Announces Apache Lens as a Top-Level Project

Aug 26, 2015 |

FOREST HILL, Md., Aug. 26 — The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache Lens has graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP), signifying that the project’s community and products have been well-governed under the ASF’s meritocratic process and principles. Apache Lens is a Unified Analytics platform. It provides an optimal execution environment for analytical queries in the unified view. Read more…