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Inside zDoop, a New Hadoop Distro for IBM's Mainframe

Inside zDoop, a New Hadoop Distro for IBM's Mainframe

April 17, 2014 | Alex Woodie

IBM and its partner Veristorm are working to merge the worlds of big data and Big Iron with zDoop, a new offering unveiled last week that offers Apache Hadoop running in the mainframe's Linux environment. By gaining Big Blue's seal of approval, zDoop could change the big data landscape for organizations that rely on mainframes.Read more...

How Analytics is Driving Military Intelligence

How Analytics is Driving Military Intelligence

February 3, 2014 | Alex Woodie

After the September 11 attacks, it became apparent that the United States intelligence agencies needed to get better at integrating disparate pieces of data. Since then, we've witnessed a massive increase in those agencies' capabilities. And now some branches of the military, including the US Marine Corps, are experimenting with big data analytics technologies, such as Hadoop and graph databases, in pursuit of giving field commanders better intelligence.Read more...

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Startup Launches Legislative Prediction Engine

Startup Launches Legislative Prediction Engine

April 21, 2014

A Washington, D.C., startup is touting an analytics platform that sifts through state and federal legislative data to predict whether proposed bills will actually become law.Read more...

Feds Look to Big Data to Combat Smuggling

Feds Look to Big Data to Combat Smuggling

April 18, 2014

Law enforcement is emerging as one of the latest big data applications. The latest example is detecting drug kingpins who generate huge amounts of "bulk cash," the huge stacks of currency notes accumulated by criminal syndicates peddling narcotics. Street transactions generated huge amounts of cash in a variety of denominations that drug lords must find ways to illegally launder.Read more...

Data Analytics Coming to the Smart Grid

Data Analytics Coming to the Smart Grid

April 10, 2014

The IQ of the smart grid rose this week with the acquisition of a leading provider of data analytics to utilities by green technology specialist Sensus.Read more...

UK Invests Millions in Turing-Inspired Research Institute

UK Invests Millions in Turing-Inspired Research Institute

March 20, 2014

The UK government has set up a £42 million research institute, named in honor of World War 2 code-breaking genius Alan Turing, to bolster the nation's position in big data and algorithm research. Chancellor George Osborne announced the strategic investment during his March 19 Budget speech. Read more...

Detection Tool Leverages Big Data, Machine Learning

Detection Tool Leverages Big Data, Machine Learning

April 1, 2014

Emerging techniques for detecting security threats are combining big data with behavioral analytics and machine learning to detect and prevent intrusions.Read more...

UK Makes £73 Million Big Data Investment

UK Makes £73 Million Big Data Investment

February 10, 2014

At the Govnet High Performance Computing and Big Data conference in London last week, UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts drew attention to the twin technologies of HPC and big data as he underscored their significance to economic competitiveness. The major thrust of the minister's announcement was a £73 million ‘big data’ initiative aimed at realizing this transformative potential.Read more...

Government: This Just In

L-3 Acquires Data Tactics

March 5, 2014

L-3 Communications announced effective today that it has acquired Data Tactics Corporation. The business, renamed L-3 Data Tactics, is a specialized provider of Big Data analytics and cloud computing solution services, primarily to the U.S. Department of Defense. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Data Tactics employs approximately 200 people, including more than 150 data scientists, engineers, architects and developers, most of whom possess U.S. government security clearances. Its highly tailored solutions are used by the U.S. military and government agencies, including public safety and law enforcement organizations. The business is expected to generate sales of approximately $50 million for the year ending December 31, 2014.Read more...

SGI Announces Partnership with GIS Federal and NVIDIA

April 16, 2014

SGI, the trusted leader in high performance computing and Big Data, today announced a partnership with GIS Federal, a supplier of high performing innovative solutions for big data, cloud computing and intuitive tools across all intelligence disciplines and NVIDIA, a pioneer in digital computing. The partnership will power a GAIA distributed database for the United States Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), to rapidly render complicated geospatial features and heat maps, providing real-time actionable insights with the goal of saving lives during military operations. Read more...


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