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Hortonworks Hatches a Roadmap to Improve Apache Spark

Sep 24, 2014 |

Hortonworks today issued a broad and detailed roadmap outlining the investment it would like to see made to Apache Spark, the in-memory processing framework that has become one of Hadoop’s most popular subprojects. The plan focuses on improving how Spark runs with YARN, enabling monitoring and management of Spark, and ensuring that Spark plays nicely with Hive and other Hadoop engines. In the blog piece, titled “An investment in Apache Spark for the Enterprise,” Hortonworks director of product management Vinay Read more…

Don’t Overlook the Operationalization of Big Data, Pivotal Says

Sep 23, 2014 |

You may use Hadoop to suck up all kinds of data, and you may even analyze some of it there. But any insights you glean should not exist in a vacuum. To succeed in this big data world, you must put your insights into use—that is, you must operationalize them–and that sometimes requires a different set of skills and technologies outside of traditional Hadoop. Hadoop may be the poster child for big data, but it’s not the whole story. While Read more…

How Baidu Uses Deep Learning to Drive Success on the Web

Sep 22, 2014 |

The Chinese Web giant Baidu is investing heavily in deep learning technologies as it seeks to drive intelligence from big data using high performance computing (HPC). From speech and facial recognition to language transaction and Web search, Baidu relies on deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies to improve a range of customer-facing applications. Dr. Ren Wu, a distinguished scientist at Baidu’s Deep Learning Institute (IDL), discussed Baidu’s use of deep learning technologies in a keynote presentation at Tabor Communication’s recent Read more…

How Open Source is Failing R for Big Data

Sep 22, 2014 |

At this year’s UseR! conference in Los Angeles, John Chambers, the father of the S language and thus grandfather of the R language, noted that R was designed as an interface to the best algorithms. And indeed the R language excels as an interface to algorithms, which is why so many professional and budding data scientists choose R as the interface to drive their analytic workflows. On the other hand, R was not designed as an interface to massive-scale data: Read more…

Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself

Sep 18, 2014 |

Lucidworks today unveiled an ambitious new enterprise search application called Fusion that uses advanced signal processing and analytics to drive a new level of personalization and push-delivery of information to users. The product is the culmination of a year-long development initiative under new CEO Will Hayes, who aims to carve a new big data niche for the Solr backer. Search is a ubiquitous component of the Internet, the original “killer app.” Type in your query, hit enter, and voila: a Read more…

News In Brief

Fast Data Specialist Tibco Goes Private

Sep 29, 2014 |

Fast data specialist Tibco Software said Sept. 29 it is being acquired by Vista Equity Partners for about $4.3 billion. The deal is reportedly the largest such tech buyout this year. Under terms of the acquisition, Palo Alto-based Tibco said Vista Equity Partners would acquire all outstanding Tibco common stock for $24 per share in cash. Vista also will assume the enterprise software firm’s net debt. The purchase price represents a 26.3 percent premium to the closing price of Tibco Read more…

BI Startup Numerify Raises Another $15M

Sep 24, 2014 |

Cloud business intelligence startup Numerify said Sept. 24 it has raised an additional $15 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Numerify said it has so far raised more than $23 million in two funding rounds. The cloud-based analytics company based in Cupertino, Calif., emerged from stealth mode in April with the launch of a business analytics platform designed to improve IT operations by scanning IT service records and asset data. The startup claims to Read more…

U.S. Cracking Down on Data Brokers

Sep 22, 2014 |

The U.S. is stepping scrutiny of big data companies that regulators increasing view as “stewards of information detailing nearly every facet of consumers’ lives.” The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been leading the charge with tougher enforcement of consumer protection laws. Earlier this year, it reached settlements with two data brokers for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The web site Instant Checkmate and InfoTrack Information Services both agreed to pay civil fines and permanent injunctions against continuing Read more…

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 Security, 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…

This Just In

Continuent Tungsten 3.0 Unveiled

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — Continuent, Inc., a leading provider of open source database clustering and replication solutions, today announced Continuent Tungsten 3.0, a powerful solution that combines advanced clustering and replication technologies to meet the transaction processing and analytic needs of the entire business. Continuent Tungsten 3.0 enables constant, high-speed and always-available access to data, combined with the ability to process transactions over multiple sites while tightly integrating transaction processing with data warehouses and analytics. This new solution exemplifies Read more…

GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric Announced

Sep 25, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Sept. 25 — Today at Big Data Innovation Summit 2014, GridGain Systems, the leading innovator of open source in-memory computing solutions, announced the launch of the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric, a comprehensive software solution that accelerates business operations and time to insights by enabling high-performance transactions, real-time streaming and ultra-fast analytics in a single, highly scalable data access and processing layer. The In-Memory Data Fabric offers a strategic approach to in-memory computing, while reducing the cost and complexity of deploying Read more…

Atos and NGDATA Launch Big Data Offering for Banks

Sep 25, 2014 |

PARIS, France & BOSTON, Mass., Sept. 25 — Atos, an international information technology services company, and NGDATA, the customer experience management solutions company, today launched a Big Data omni channel solution for banks worldwide With this omni-channel management offering built on Canopy’s Data Platform and underpinned by big data machine learning capacities, banks can target their customers more effectively, enhance customer loyalty and strengthen their output. Atos integrates this new solution into its proven omni-channel customer experience solution already in place with Read more…

DataTorrent Teams with Pivotal

Sep 24, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24 — DataTorrent, creator of the world’s first enterprise grade real-time stream processing platform on Apache Hadoop, today announced that it has joined the Pivotal One Partner Program and has certified DataTorrent RTS for Pivotal HD. Pivotal is added to a broad and deep list of DataTorrent RTS certified Hadoop, cloud, and ecosystem partners. With human and machine-generated data increasingly outpacing the capabilities of traditional databases, organizations are unable to ingest or process the data created around their business Read more…

ParStream Signs Reseller Agreement with Allegro BI

Sep 23, 2014 |

SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 23 — ParStream, provider of the leading Real-time Database for Fast Data Analytics, today announced that the company has signed a reseller agreement with Allegro BI, a technology consulting firm specializing in QlikView. Under the terms of the reseller agreement, Allegro BI will offer ParStream’s patented real-time analytics database to organizations throughout North America. QlikView, an in memory BI leader, utilizes patented software technology to deliver business insights and intuitive solutions for self service data visualizations Read more…