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Hadoop Hits the Big Time with Hortonworks IPO

Dec 12, 2014 |

The founders and investors in Hortonworks got an early Christmas present today when the company raised about $100 million in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. As the first Hadoop distributor to go public, Hortonworks’ IPO will shine the spotlight on the fast-growing Hadoop software stack and ecosystem. While Hadoop is a household word for those working in the big data bubble, it’s a foreign concept to people living in the real world. That could change in Read more…

Embedding Data Quality and Stewardship Into Your Information Management Processes

Dec 5, 2014 |

Although established as a best practice in information management, data quality is a relatively young discipline. Unsurprisingly, its roots began in situations where the data needing to be managed was very heterogeneous. Take the case of business intelligence and data warehousing: the goal is to derive new perspectives and insights by sourcing and integrating information from multiple systems. This is often a more painful exercise than initially expected because the business is attempting to use data for an entirely different Read more…

Why Kafka Should Run Natively on Hadoop

Dec 2, 2014 |

Apache Kafka has become an instrumental part of the big data stack at many organizations, particularly those looking to harness fast-moving data. But Kafka doesn’t run on Hadoop, which is becoming the de-facto standard for big data processing. Now a group of developers led by DataTorrent are addressing that concern with a new project called KOYA, or Kafka on YARN. Getting Kafka into Hadoop would seem to be a no-brainer. After all, the open source message broker software already plays Read more…

The Land of a Thousand Big Data Lakes

Nov 25, 2014 |

The prospect of storing and processing all of one’s data in an enterprise data lake running on Hadoop is gaining momentum, particularly when it comes to today’s massive unstructured data flows. However, given what we know of technological evolution and human nature itself, the chance of eliminating data silos and centralizing storage and compute is slim this big-data age. Data lakes make a lot of sense conceptually. Instead of allowing silos to perpetuate, an organization pools all of its resources Read more…

The Aspirational Data Lake Value Proposition

Nov 24, 2014 |

The industry hype around Hadoop and the concept of the Enterprise Data Lake has generated enormous expectations reaching all the way to the executive suite. Yet, when trying to establish a Modern Data Architecture, organizations are vastly unprepared how to house, analyze and manipulate the massive quantities of data available. All too often, they believe the only requirement is to download the Hadoop software, install it on a bunch of servers, commence loading the Data Lake, unplug the enterprise Data Read more…

News In Brief

MapR Claims Momentum as Hadoop Subs Grow

Dec 9, 2014 |

MapR Technologies said this week that paid subscriptions to its distribution of Apache Hadoop exceeded 700 in November while existing customers increased current subscriptions at an expansion rate of more than 200 percent during its most recent quarter ending Sept. 30. San Jose-based MapR has cashed in on the popularity of the open source framework for handling large-scale, data-intensive deployments with its top-ranked distribution for ApacheT Hadoop. Along with new subscribers, the company said it measures the growth of its Read more…

Teradata Has Hadoop Covered with MapR Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

Teradata completed a trifecta of sorts today when it announced a strategic partnership with MapR Technologies. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks. But this deal is different insofar as what MapR can bring to the table, the new partners say. As part of the deal, Teradata will become a reseller for all of MapR‘s products and services, which is similar to the reseller deals it Read more…

Vertica Gets Hadoop Upgrade

Nov 18, 2014 |

An analytics platform unveiled this week by Hewlett-Packard allows access to data residing on a range of Apache Hadoop distributions. HP said Nov. 17 its Vertica for SQL on Hadoop platform provides a pathway to data residing on Apache-based data lakes as well as Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR or any combination the these Hadoop distributions. The new analytics platform reflects HP’s push to integrate the distributed computing technology for exploring data stored on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). While large Read more…

Banks Sit on Customer Data as Needs Go Unmet

Nov 13, 2014 |

The nation’s retail banks have a potentially bigger problem than complaints about fees and low interest rates on savings accounts: Despite sitting on a “gold mine” of data, a survey finds that financial institutions use little of this business intelligence to better understand their customers. The inaction compounds a larger problem faced by banks, according to survey results released this week by enterprise data management specialist NGDATA. The survey found that nearly half of respondents rank customer service highest when Read more…

Tesco’s Collapse is a Cautionary Tale for Big Data

Nov 7, 2014 |

There is a tendency to view big data analytics as a magic bullet that can transform any company using it into a market leader. For some, however, the “magic bullet” has turned into what looks to be a self-inflicted wound. Case in point is the sudden downfall of the British retailer Tesco, ranked by some as the second largest retailer in the world after Wal-Mart. The U.K. chain was considered a pioneer in the use of customer loyalty programs intended Read more…

This Just In

MapR Forms Alliance with SAS

Dec 17, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 17 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced it has formed an alliance with SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services. The two companies are collaborating in the area of business analytics and enterprise-grade Hadoop for customer environments. Customers will be able to leverage powerful SAS business analytics with the MapR advanced distributed data platform to empower organizations with the insights needed to make the best decisions possible for Read more…

Fujitsu Selects Datameer as Part of Their New Integrated Big Data Platform

Dec 16, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 16 — Datameer, the only end-to-end big data analytics application for Hadoop, today announced that Fujitsu, the third largest IT service provider in the world, selected Datameer as part of their new integrated big data platform. Starting immediately, Fujitsu PRIMEFLEX customers will be able to get big data solutions powered by Datameer to harnesses actionable analytics and highlight business advantages. Companies that invest in and successfully derive value from the vast amounts of data will have a distinct advantage Read more…

Logi Analytics Partners with Talend

Dec 16, 2014 |

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 16 — Logi Analytics, the analytics everywhere company, today announced a partnership with Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, which will enable customers to simplify data integration and quickly deliver actionable insights, all at a competitive price. Talend’s data integration products and Logi Analytics’ business intelligence platform, Logi Info, help maximize the value of organizations’ data by providing powerful, flexible integration capabilities, and agile, cost-effective ways to create and deliver dashboards and reports. Talend and Logi Info directly connect Read more…

Denodo Platform 5.5 Now Available

Dec 15, 2014 |

Dec. 15 — Denodo Technologies, the leader in Data Virtualization, today announced the immediate availability of Denodo Platform 5.5. The latest version of Denodo’s award winning Data Virtualization solution is an integrated platform that creates, manages and delivers virtualized data services at both project and enterprise levels with speed, agility and high performance. Denodo Platform 5.5 is in direct response to the industry’s need to deal with a number of challenges including more data types, ubiquitous data, bigger data volumes, data and Read more…

Cisco Unveils New Analytics Portfolio

Dec 12, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12 – Cisco today announced a comprehensive data and analytics strategy and solutions portfolio. The Cisco Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything portfolio will help customers extract value from data generated by a rapidly expanding ecosystem of connected people, processes, data and things that together forms the Internet of Everything (IoE). The portfolio includes easy-to-deploy software packages that bring analytics to data regardless of its location. To date, analytics solutions have been designed to help organizations apply analytics Read more…