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Automating the Pain Out of Big Data Transformation

Automating the Pain Out of Big Data Transformation

January 24, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Having a big data set is a bit like owning a big house. There are many more activities available to you and your friends, but at the end of the day, keeping the house clean and tidy is a major expense. What the world really needs right now is a way to automate the process of cleaning, normalizing, and preparing the big data set (the house) for the next analysis (party). Luckily, the big data community has responded with new offerings that take data transformations to new automated heights.Read more...

The 2013 Big Data Year in Review

The 2013 Big Data Year in Review

December 20, 2013 | Datanami Staff

While still in its infancy, the big data technology trend has made a lot of substantial progress since it gained traction at the beginning of this decade. The year 2013 was a big year with advances being made in virtually every quarter of the space. In this feature, we take a look at some of the significant trends that have crossed our desks in the past year -- wrapped up and presented to you with a pretty bow. Out with the old, in with the new -- it's the Datanami 2013 Year in Review!Read more...

Can Microsoft Become the McDonald's of Hadoop?

Can Microsoft Become the McDonald's of Hadoop?

November 5, 2013 | Alex Woodie

Microsoft last month officially took the wraps off its Hadoop service, dubbed Windows Azure HDInsight Service. Now that the Hortonworks-based offering is GA, Microsoft is gearing up its incredibly audacious plan to reach no fewer than one billion users with its big data platform. Has Microsoft lost it? Or is the plan just crazy enough to work?Read more...

Biosciences: News in Brief

Cloudera Shuffles Its Product Deck in Pursuit of 'Data Hub' Strategy

Cloudera Shuffles Its Product Deck in Pursuit of 'Data Hub' Strategy

February 3, 2014

Cloudera today unveiled a new three-tiered product packaging strategy for its Hadoop software, including a new high-end "Data Hub" Edition designed to help it compete against the likes of IBM and Pivotal. The company also announced the availability of the Spark stream processing and machine learning engine.Read more...

Set Your 'Inner Graphista' Free, Neo Says

Set Your 'Inner Graphista' Free, Neo Says

January 15, 2014

Got a little graph database in you? Then you may be a "graphista" in the eyes of graph database developer Neo Technology, which yesterday unveiled a new release of its Neo4j graph database that it says will usher in the era of mainstream graph processing.Read more...

Cray Greases Rails for Hadoop on a Supercomputer

Cray Greases Rails for Hadoop on a Supercomputer

November 20, 2013

Supercomputer company Cray has joined the Hadoop parade with a new framework that it says will give customers the ability to more easily implement and run Apache Hadoop using Cray’s XC30 supercomputers. Read more...

Kaskade: Focus on the Application, Not the Technology

Kaskade: Focus on the Application, Not the Technology

November 27, 2013

Fifty percent of big data projects fail, Jim Kaskade, CEO of Infochimps, told an audience at the Strata + Hadoop World conference last month. One of the chief reasons that people's projects fail: their eye is not on the ball. It’s the application, not the data, that should be the primary focus, he says.Read more...

Neuroscientists Develop 5D Data Visualization Technique

Neuroscientists Develop 5D Data Visualization Technique

November 19, 2013

One of the key challenges of big data is taking the enormous amounts of information and turning it into something useful that can be consumed and ingested by the human brain. This week, neuroscientists at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) say they have developed a new type of visualization – a five dimensional colorimetric model that they say will help them visualize data across space and time.Read more...

Can Big Data Tame MRSA Superbugs?

Can Big Data Tame MRSA Superbugs?

November 18, 2013

Last month, in a PBS Frontline interview, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS), told the interviewer that the age of antibiotics was coming to an end. Can big data bridge this problem?Read more...

Graph Analytics Appliance Enables Personalized Medicine

Graph Analytics Appliance Enables Personalized Medicine

October 25, 2013

While commodity hardware will likely always be a culturally entrenched part of the big data landscape, name-brand high performance computing (HPC) companies have been making inroads into the space with hardware offerings appealing to growing performance demands. This is especially true in the biosciences, where big data as a concept first started to see traction a decade before it became a social media buzz word.Read more...

 

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