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Self-Provision Hadoop in Five Clicks, BlueData Says

Sep 17, 2014 |

Forget the data science–in some organizations, just getting access to a Hadoop cluster is a major obstacle. With today’s launch of EPIC, the software virtualization company BlueData says analysts and data scientists can self-provision a virtual Hadoop cluster in a matter of seconds, enabling them to iterate in a faster and more agile fashion. If things go as planned, BlueData‘s new EPIC product will usher in a new level of failure for Hadoop users around the world. “If you want Read more…

MapR Puts Apache Drill into Hadoop Distro

Sep 16, 2014 |

Organizations today demand tools that provide familiar SQL-based access to data stored on HDFS. Today, MapR Technologies gave its customers yet another SQL interface when it announced support for Apache Drill 0.5 in the new release of its commercial Hadoop distribution, MapR 4.0.1. Apache Drill is an open source framework that delivers a full SQL-compliant interface that allows users to query unstructured data stored on HDFS for data discovery purposes. The project, which is backed by MapR and is an Read more…

Three Things Apache Spark Needs to Out-Hadoop Hadoop

Sep 15, 2014 |

It’s only September, but it’s clear that 2014 will go down as the Year of Apache Spark. While the open source processing framework has gathered an enormous amount of momentum within the Hadoop ecosystem, there are three areas where the Spark community should focus on if it’s going to shine brighter in 2015. Apache Spark stormed the big data scene early in the year, becoming the Hot New Thing in an industry that generates Hot New Things at increasingly breakneck Read more…

How a Web Analytics Firm Turbo-Charged Its Hadoop ETL

Sep 10, 2014 |

The Web analytics firm comScore knows a thing or two about managing big data. With tens of billions of data points added to its 400-node Hadoop cluster every day, the company is no stranger to scalability challenges. But there’s one ETL optimization trick in particular that helped comScore save petabytes of disk and improve data processing times in the process. ComScore is one of the biggest providers of Web analytics used by publishers, advertising firms, and their clients. If you Read more…

Rise of the Big Data Engineer

Sep 8, 2014 |

Over the past three years, businesses have scrambled to hire data scientists who can spin big data into gold. But it turns out the person best equipped to get data analytics applications into production may be a good data engineer. The surge in demand for data scientists over the past few years has been well documented. McKinsey set the ball rolling with a report in 2011 that found the US faced a massive shortage of data scientists and others with Read more…

News In Brief

Food For Thought: Startup Targets Nutritional Data

Sep 16, 2014 |

A U.K. data startup that has developed a semantic platform targeting nutrition and health applications said it has added more than 500,000 U.S. products to its dataset in hopes of promoting new applications for everything from nutritional information to exercise devices to restaurant menus. London-based Klappo said earlier this month that the expansion of its dataset includes 525,000 U.S. product barcodes containing ingredient information about the nutritional value of U.S. food products. It said about 100,000 cover new food ingredients Read more…

Data Execs Thinking Big, Worried about Securty, Skills

Sep 15, 2014 |

Another industry survey has concluded that big data is helping global companies identify new revenue sources while developing new products and services. But a majority of executives responding to a survey by consulting firm Accenture Analytics also said they remain concerned about data security and a growing lack of data analytics talent. New York-based Accenture said its study was based on a survey of C-level information, data, analytics, operations and financial officers from 19 countries and seven industries. “They’re recognizing Read more…

MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

Sep 9, 2014 |

Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop “ingested” more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its in-Hadoop NoSQL database, MapR-DB, was achieved using only four nodes of a ten-node cluster. By accelerating its OpenTSDB software by a factor of 1,000 on a small cluster, MapR claimed the performance clears the way for managing huge amounts of data along with IoT and other Read more…

Survey: Big Data Deployments Reaching ‘Tipping Point’

Sep 8, 2014 |

Most big data deployments are still being evaluated but may be approaching a “tipping point” as they move toward production, according to big data market researcher Wikibon. Wikibon analysts stressed that much of its recent survey data represents the sentiments of early adopters of big data analytics, adding that analytics technologies are still “relatively immature.” Another Wikibon survey last year concluded that nearly half of big data practitioners had yet to realize a return on their data analytics investment. Despite Read more…

Insurer Embraces Data Analytics to Shape Benefits Coverage

Sep 5, 2014 |

The U.S. insurance industry is attempting to move beyond actuarial tables to leverage data analytics in helping insurance brokers and employers tailor benefit plans for those workers still covered under employer benefit plans. Sun Life Financial Inc. said this week it has launched a benefits planning tool that uses data analytics to customized employee benefits plans. The “Benefit Profile” uses employer demographics and industry benchmark data to aide brokers in designing benefit plans and “enrollment strategies” for employers. Data analysis Read more…

This Just In

BlueData Joins Hortonworks Technology Partner Program

Sep 17, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 — BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data Private Clouds, today announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner program and successfully completed testing to achieve Hortonworks’ Certification for the BlueData EPIC platform. Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop. BlueData EPIC together with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) empowers IT architects and data scientists to create instant, individualized virtual clusters for each of their Big Data users in minutes — all while keeping the data in its original Read more…

Basho Unveils Riak Enterprise 2.0

Sep 16, 2014 |

HERNDON, Va., Sept. 16 — Basho, the creator and developer of Riak, the industry leading distributed NoSQL database, today introduced Riak Enterprise 2.0. This new version significantly improves performance with a complete redesign of Riak Search, integrated with Apache Solr. The release also includes support for new distributed data types, enhanced configuration management and user security to enable faster development and simplified configuration. This new NoSQL database functionality provides enterprise application developers enhanced usability and scalability for faster development of highly available, Read more…

Cloudera Names Dell Services a Systems Integrator Partner

Sep 15, 2014 |

PLANO, Tex. & SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 15 — Dell Services and Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced that Dell Services has been named a Cloudera systems integrator partner for Hadoop implementations. This expands upon the existing relationship that Cloudera has with the Dell Enterprise Solutions Group to provide reference architectures and standard configurations for the Cloudera enterprise suite. By joining the Cloudera systems integrator program, Dell, already a recognized leader in big data, is now able to Read more…

IBM and Yonyou Collaborate to Accelerate Big Data and Analytics Adoption

Sep 15, 2014 |

GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 15 – IBM and Yonyou Software Co. Ltd, the largest enterprise ISV in the Asia Pacific region, today announced a strategic collaboration to accelerate the adoption of IBM Big Data & Analytics technologies to help customers gain business insight and run their applications more efficiently and at much lower cost. Under terms of the agreement, Yonyou and IBM will optimize DB2 with BLU Acceleration for NC, Yonyou’s ERP, supply chain, customer relationship, and human resources software. Yonyou will offer DB2 with Read more…

OpenOsmium Selects Appfluent to Accelerate Big Data and Hadoop Initiatives

Sep 9, 2014 |

ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 9 — Appfluent Technology, Inc., a provider of Big Data management software to transform the economics of Big Data and Hadoop, today announced their selection by OpenOsmium Inc. as a strategic partner. Appfluent Visibility will provide OpenOsmium’s experts with an extensive historical view across their customers’ multiple big data platforms. Following an evaluation of solutions and approaches available, Appfluent was selected as the critical product to add to OpenOsmium’s arsenal of solutions. OpenOsmium can use the data Read more…