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Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Hadoop ISVs Break Away from MapReduce, Embrace Spark, In-Memory Processing

Oct 16, 2014 |

Big data analytic software vendors who run on Hadoop are increasingly replacing their MapReduce engines with Apache Spark and other in-memory analytic engines as the runtime of choice. Many of these next-gen Hadoop vendors are showcasing their upgraded goods at this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. One of the Hadoop vendors making the move to Spark is Platfora, which unveiled a new version of its Big Data Analytics offering during the first day of the Strata + Hadoop World Read more…

Hortonworks Goes Broad and Deep with HDP 2.2

Oct 15, 2014 |

From full support for Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and the Cascading framework to updated management consoles and SQL enhancements in Hive, there’s something for everybody in Hortonworks’ latest Hadoop distribution, which was revealed today at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City. Hadoop started out with two main pieces: MapReduce and HDFS. But today’s distributions are massive vehicles that wrap up and deliver a host of sub-components, engines, and consoles that are desired and needed for running Read more…

How Big Data Analytics Can Help Fight ISIS

Oct 14, 2014 |

The rapid rise of the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) this summer grabbed the world’s attention and led to military action by the U.S. and its allies. While drones and smart bombs pick apart ISIS from the air, you can be assured that American cyber warriors and defense analysts are using big data analytic techniques to glean insights about the group as well. Of course, the intelligence gathering and cyber warfare activities undertaken by the U.S. Read more…

News In Brief

Predixion Update Seeks to Ease Analytics Deployment

Oct 16, 2014 |

Continuing a trend toward easing the deployment of analytics while expanding access beyond data analysts to decision makers, analytics vendor Predixion Software has released the latest version of its predictive analytics platform. Predixion, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said Oct. 15 version 4.0 of its “Insight” platform aims to expand access to predictive analytics to a range of production environments in vertical markets like health care and financial services. The company specializes in the “last mile of analytics,” that is, delivering Read more…

Salesforce Eyes Business Analytics with Wave Platform

Oct 13, 2014 |

Continuing the migration of data analytics to the enterprise, Salesforce.com said it is entering the analytics market with the roll out of its “analytics cloud” targeting business intelligence applications. The enterprise cloud-computing vendor said Oct. 13 its Wave analytics cloud platform would allow businesses to sift through sales and marketing data from any device. The new platform and more than 30 “ecosystem partners” were introduced at a company event in San Francisco this week. Among the keynote speakers at the Read more…

MongoDB Teams with Weather Channel on Digital Alerts

Oct 1, 2014 |

Somebody is finally trying to do something about the weather. The Weather Channel has begun transitioning its digital platforms, including its mobile apps running on iOS and Android, to MongoDB’s database. The new platform will allow the Weather Channel to serve weather alerts and other real-time information to an estimated 40 million users, the database specialist announced Oct. 1. MongoDB said it would serve as the “data store” for all Weather Channel feeds and user information delivered by its digital Read more…

Peaxy Launches Scalable Data Manager

Sep 30, 2014 |

Data management specialist Peaxy Inc. (pronounced “peak-see”) is targeting the enormous growth of unstructured data in industrial sectors with its Hyperfiler system designed to harness disparate data through controlled access and a “consistent data path.” San Jose-based Peaxy said this week its data management tool targets engineers and analysts who must search for datasets across geographic locations, platforms and storage devices. The unstructured data is then pieced together to aid, for example, the product lifecycle spanning design and simulation. By 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…

This Just In

Cloudera Announces Product Integration with Microsoft Azure

Oct 21, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 21 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced an effort to integrate and enable Cloudera Enterprise to be Microsoft Azure Certified. In a world where every incremental advantage matters, Cloudera and Microsoft will work to enable quick implementation of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub with the power of Hadoop on demand in Microsoft Azure. Cloudera will also work to certify integration with Microsoft data warehousing and security technologies including Analytics Platform Read more…

Slingshot Power Utilizing Actian Analytics Platform

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Energy independence takes a big step forward with the Actian Analytics Platform providing insights to drive the most optimal decisions for creating market intelligence for clean energy adoption. Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the first company to deliver an end-to-end big data analytics platform running natively in Hadoop, announced that clean energy provider Slingshot Power is using the Actian Analytics Platform – Hadoop SQL Edition to more accurately target customer segments, optimize system performance, tailor recommendations, and predict the ideal pathway for every Read more…

SAP Showcases Big Data Offerings Leveraging the SAP HANA Platform

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — SAP SE today showcases customers, partners and start-up companies leveraging SAP HANA platform for Big Data. With SAP HANA, partners and companies like CSX Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and Convergence CT (CCT) are simplifying the way people work and live. The announcement was made at Strata & HadoopWorld Conference being held October 15-17 in New York. SAP HANA enables organizations to acquire data from a variety of data sources including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, rapidly process and analyze large Read more…

Predixion Software Releases Latest Version of Predictive Analytics Platform

Oct 15, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based predictive analytics software, today released Predixion Insight 4.0, the latest version of its powerful predictive analytics platform. The new release expedites the deployment of predictive analytics directly to the point of front-line decisions, and expands predictive capabilities across a wider variety of production environments, such as applications, databases, data stores, real-time engines, devices and machines. By removing barriers to deploying predictive analytics, Predixion Insight 4.0 enables companies to achieve Read more…

Skytree Extends Partnership with MapR to Include Support for Spark

Oct 15, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 15 — Skytree, The Machine Learning Company, today announced an extension of its partnership with MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, to include support for Apache Spark. As part of the Skytree Infinity platform, the integration will help customers derive greater business value from big data as they scale-out their enterprise data architectures. “Our open, enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution with support for industry standard APIs enables developers to choose from the widest range of Read more…