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Spark Takes On Dataflow in Benchmark Test

May 2, 2016 |

Google Cloud Dataflow crunched data two to five times faster than Apache Spark in a benchmark test of batch analytics performed by Mammoth Data. While Dataflow’s raw power is impressive, don’t throw in the towel on Spark just yet. If you’re looking to choose a framework to analyze your big data, good luck. With so many options out there, you’ve got your work cut out for you. This embarrassment of big data riches keeps the tech experts at North Carolina Read more…

How Big Data Improves Logging and Compliance

May 2, 2016 |

Compliance has never been easy. Organizations have to meet a myriad of external regulations, frameworks, and internal mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, NERC, ISO and the EU Data Directive, many of which have a long list of required technical controls. Many large organizations have five or more regulations or mandates they must comply with. Organizations face many challenges to meet these requirements including experiencing difficulty complying with the technical controls required by the regulations and mandates, especially: Requirements around Read more…

AI to Surpass Human Perception in 5 to 10 Years, Zuckerberg Says

Apr 29, 2016 |

Machine learning-powered artificial intelligence will match and exceed human capabilities in the areas of computer vision and speech recognition within five to 10 years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted this week. Like most of the Web giants, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) uses machine learning technology to leverage its massive data set and deliver better services to its customers. Algorithms work behind the scenes at Facebook to do things like recommend new connections to Facebook users, to present content that matches a Read more…

A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

News In Brief

Apache Kafka Gains Traction Among Enterprise Users

Apr 27, 2016 |

The embrace of stream processing and real-time data access is driving enterprise adoption of the Apache Kafka distributed messaging system, according to an industry survey released at a Kafka summit this week. Confluent Inc., the Palo Alto, Calif., company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka, reported that its industry survey revealed that 88 percent of companies polled said they expect to adopt the tool for their data and application infrastructures by 2017. Moreover, nearly one-third of respondents said they Read more…

Redis, Samsung Team on In-Memory Boost

Apr 26, 2016 |

Seeking a “generational change” in the economics of in-memory computing, database specialist Redis Labs Inc. has collaborated with South Korean memory chip powerhouse Samsung Electronics to accelerate the processing and analysis of bulging datasets using next-generation memory technology designed to significantly cut memory costs. Redis Labs, Mountain View, Calif., said this week its flash-based platform running on standard x86 servers is available now as part of the company’s enterprise cluster. Along with standard SSD instances available on public clouds, a Read more…

Neo4j Pushes Graph DB Limits Past a Quadrillion Nodes

Apr 26, 2016 |

A graph database with a quadrillion nodes? Such a monstrous entity is beyond the scope of what technologist are trying to do now. But with the latest release of the Neo4j database from Neo Technology, such a graph is theoretically possible. There is effectively no limit to the sizes of graphs that people can run with Neo4j 3.0, which was announced today, says Neo Vice President of Products Philip Rathle. “Before Neo4j 3.0, graph sizes were limited to tens of Read more…

Alliance Coalesces Around Mesosphere Platform

Apr 21, 2016 |

The datacenter operating system movement continues to gather momentum with the announcement by Apache Mesos developer Mesosphere of a broad alliance backing the beta release of an all-encompassing platform for building and scaling enterprise applications. The new platform, dubbed DC/OS, is based on Mesosphere’s datacenter operation system tool. The initial release of DC/OS announced on Tuesday (4/19) expands earlier capabilities to include running application containers at scale along with “single-click” installation of more than 20 services. DC/OS is further touted Read more…

Analytics Increasingly Seen Embedded in Apps

Apr 18, 2016 |

Demand for embedded analytics is surging, according to a new industry study that found a growing number of user want analytics integrated with applications. Further, that combination translates into a greater use of embedded analytics, nearly double that of business intelligence tools, the study found. The embedded analytics study released in mid-April by vendor Logi Analytics also noted that the trend toward embedded tools is being driven by the view that an application’s value is tied to data and the Read more…

This Just In

Splunk Enterprise Selected as CDM Data Integration Solution for 25 Federal Civilian Government Agencies

May 2, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 2 — Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that Splunk Enterprise will be used at the 25 largest civilian Departments and Agencies (D/As) covering 97 percent of the federal civilian government workforce. Splunk was included in task order awards 2A-2E under Phase 1 of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) Program, which is managed on DHS’s behalf by the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration Read more…

Xentaurs Announces Partnership With Mesosphere to Build Big Data Analytics and DevOps Platforms

Apr 28, 2016 |

April 28 — Xentaurs, a next generation systems integrator and solutions provider announces a strategic partnership with Mesosphere, creators of the world’s first data center operating system. The partnership combines Xentaurs’ enterprise experience designing and implementing digital architectures with Mesosphere’s leading platform for running microservices, data-driven applications and other modern IT workloads. Mesosphere is at the core of the digital platforms we recommend to our customers. DC/OS is the leading distributed operating system out there and provides the modern architecture Read more…

New Relic Products to be Embedded in Magneto Enterprise Cloud Edition

Apr 28, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 28 — Software analytics leader New Relic (NYSE: NEWR) announced today that Magento Commerce, the leading provider of open omnichannel innovation, will embed New Relic’s products in the Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment for its flagship Magento 2 Enterprise Edition digital commerce platform. Magento Enterprise Cloud Edition is built to power innovative e-commerce experiences with the rapid deployment of fully customizable, secure and scalable Web storefronts, combined with a leading hosting and managed services infrastructure. New Relic’s analytics solution Read more…

Trifacta Provides Data Wrangling for Infosys Information Platform

Apr 27, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 27 — Trifacta, the global leader in data wrangling, today announced that Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, has partnered with Trifacta to provide a data wrangling solution for the Infosys Information Platform (IIP) and Infosys’ other platforms and offerings. Infosys clients can now leverage Trifacta’s intuitive self-service solution for exploring and transforming data — a critical step in any analytics process. Business analysts and data scientists can integrate large, complex data sets, transform Read more…

Qubole and Looker to Integrate Looker’s Business Analytics With Qubole’s Cloud-Based Big Data Platform

Apr 27, 2016 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 27 — Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company, and Looker, the company that is powering data-driven businesses, today announced that they are integrating Looker’s business analytics with Qubole’s cloud-based big data platform, giving line of business users across organizations access to powerful, yet easy-to-use big data analytics. Business units face an uphill battle when it comes to gleaning information from vast and disparate sources. Line of business users find it challenging to extract, shape and present the variety and volume Read more…