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Crossing the Big Data Stream with DataTorrent

Crossing the Big Data Stream with DataTorrent

April 23, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Enterprises eager for a competitive edge are turning to in-memory stream processing technologies to help them analyze big data in real time. The Apache Spark and Storm projects have gained lots of momentum in this area, as have some analytic NoSQL databases and in-memory data grids. Another streaming technology worth keeping an eye on is DataTorrent.Read more...

Startup Says 'What If' to Genetic Data Analytics

Startup Says 'What If' to Genetic Data Analytics

April 22, 2014 | Alex Woodie

The surge in popularity of genetic testing is creating a tidal wave of data that people are eager to use to improve their health. But as we saw with 23andMe, there is a concern that raw genetic information can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Today BaseHealth emerged from stealth mode with an innovative approach to this problem that blends data from genetic testing, scientific research, and a patient's own medical history, all under the supervision of a doctor.Read more...

Nine Criteria to Achieve Hadoop-as-a-Service Happiness

Nine Criteria to Achieve Hadoop-as-a-Service Happiness

April 18, 2014 | Raymie Stata

The big data industry has made a compelling case for Hadoop as the core platform for a big data strategy. But deploying and maintaining a well-run Hadoop environment is challenging, to say the least. This difficult has driven the Hadoop-as-a-Service (HaaS) market. However, not all HaaS offerings are the same. Here is a look at the different types of HaaS available today, as well as the nine key criteria that will make your HaaS evaluation a success.Read more...

Faceboook Gets Smarter with Graph Engine Optimization

Faceboook Gets Smarter with Graph Engine Optimization

April 11, 2014 | Alex Woodie

Last fall, the folks in Facebook's engineering team talked about how they employed the Apache Giraph engine to build a graph on its Hadoop platform that can host more than a trillion edges. While the Graph Search engine is capable of massive graphing tasks, there were some workloads that remained outside the company's technical capabilities--until now.Read more...

Can MongoDB Make NoSQL Fun Again?

Can MongoDB Make NoSQL Fun Again?

April 8, 2014 | Alex Woodie

MongoDB became the most popular NoSQL database because developers really like writing applications for it, according to MongoDB CEO Max Schireson. But when it comes to operating the database clusters, there was something to be desired. With today's release of MongoDB version 2.6, the company is aiming to make running a NoSQL database as enjoyable as developing for it.Read more...

Array Databases: The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics?

Array Databases: The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics?

April 9, 2014 | Alex Woodie

There's no lack of database choices when it comes to building your next big data analytics platform. Relational data stores, column-oriented databases, in-memory data grids, graph databases, scale-out NewSQL systems, and Hadoop will all get time in the sun. But according to database pioneer Mike Stonebraker, none of these hold a candle to array databases when it comes to running complex analytics on big data sets.Read more...

Startups and More..: News in Brief

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...

Twitter Looks to Leverage Social Data with Gnip Deal

Twitter Looks to Leverage Social Data with Gnip Deal

April 16, 2014

Social media behemoth Twitter said it is acquiring long-time data partner Gnip in a move designed to leverage aggregated Twitter data to pinpoint consumer trends and link with customers.Read more...

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

Fast Database Deal Seeks to Squeeze Revenue From Real-Time Analysis

April 14, 2014

A speedy operational database integrated with a real-time analytics platform widely used by telecommunications service providers could help carriers extract information about millions of mobile subscribers, then monetize data through revenue generators like contextual advertising.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...

 

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