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Top 10 Netflix Tips on Going Cloud-Native with Hadoop

Top 10 Netflix Tips on Going Cloud-Native with Hadoop

February 24, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Four years ago Netflix made the decision to move all of its data processing--everything from NoSQL and Hadoop to HR and billing--into the cloud. While going "cloud native" on Amazon Web Services hasn't been without its challenges, the move has benefited Netflix in multiple and substantial ways. Here are 10 tips from Netflix on making the cloud work.Read more...

A Prediction Machine Powered by Big Social Data

A Prediction Machine Powered by Big Social Data

April 14, 2014 | Alex Woodie

What if you had a machine that could predict what people will be talking about on the Internet over the next three days. How would you use that information? The folks at Blab say they have created such a machine, and the way its customers are using it might surprise you.Read more...

Picking the Right Tool for Your Big Data Job

Picking the Right Tool for Your Big Data Job

March 14, 2014 | Alex Woodie

There is a lot of debate in the big data space about tools and technology, and which ones are best. Is SQL better than NoSQL? Hadoop or Spark? What about R or Python? Of course no single tool or technology is the best for all situations, and you would do well to pick the right tool or technology for the job at hand.Read more...

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Amazon Goes SSD with RedShift 'Dense Compute Nodes'

Amazon Goes SSD with RedShift 'Dense Compute Nodes'

February 4, 2014

Do you have a need for speed in your data warehouse? In January, Amazon rolled out a new version of its Redshift online data store that's powered by solid state disks (SSD). According to benchmarks, the Dense Compute Nodes proved anywhere from four to eight times faster than the traditional nodes, at the same price level.Read more...

Keeping Tabs on Amazon EMR Performance

Keeping Tabs on Amazon EMR Performance

January 23, 2014

The Hadoop architecture may appear simple at first, but it's deceptively complex and may lull you into a false sense of security as you try to scale your cluster. If you run Hadoop on Amazon Elastic MapReduce, there are a number of potentially wallet-draining performance issues to keep an eye on. This week, Compuware launched an Amazon-resident solution to help prevent EMR jobs from running amok.Read more...

Amazon and the Anticipatory Web

Amazon and the Anticipatory Web

January 22, 2014

To learn more about the launch of Amazon's "anticipatory shipping" functionality, I went to Google, which knows more about me than I care to admit. As I started typing in the words "Amazon anticipa…" Google already knew what I was looking for: "The Anticipatory Corpse," a book from University of Notre Dame Press about the demise of dying in America.Read more...

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner

March 13, 2014

Not long ago, the rules for what constituted a data warehouse were fairly well defined. The schema was fixed, you could say, and was based primarily on relational database technology designed to process structured data. My, how times have changed. Last week, Gartner for the first time accepted non-relational technologies--including those based on Hadoop and NoSQL--in its annual Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouses report.Read more...

MapR's Hadoop Offering the Strongest, Forrester Says

MapR's Hadoop Offering the Strongest, Forrester Says

February 28, 2014

Among Hadoop distributors, MapR Technologies' product offering is the strongest, Amazon Web Services has the biggest Hadoop market presence, and IBM and Pivotal Software have the best market strategy, according to a new Forrester Wave report released yesterday that slices and dices the Hadoop market and analyzes the various Hadoop product offerings and business strategies.Read more...

Cloudera Touts Near Linear Scalability with Impala

Cloudera Touts Near Linear Scalability with Impala

January 13, 2014

Cloudera today unveiled results of internal tests that show its Impala SQL engine is twice as fast as an unnamed commercial data warehouse systems and 24 times faster than Apache Hive. The results also show that Impala scales in nearly a linear fashion on Hadoop, which Cloudera says will give customers the confidence they need to not only absorb legacy business intelligence workloads, but also build the next generation of SQL-powered data analytic applications.Read more...

Amazon: This Just In

Datawatch Analytics Software Available on AWS

February 4, 2014

Datawatch Corporation, the leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, today announced that its next-generation analytics software is now available on AWS Marketplace. Customers using Datawatch on Amazon Web Services (AWS) can enable visual data discovery on any type of data, regardless of size and structure, at real-time speeds.Read more...

 

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