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DDN Tackles Enterprise Storage Needs as ‘Wolfcreek’ Looms

Jun 30, 2015 |

When it comes to keeping supercomputers fed with data, there are few storage makers that can keep up with Data Direct Networks. But increasingly, DDN is feeling pressure from enterprises that are struggling to keep up with the ongoing data explosion and mixed I/O workloads. That’s where DDN’s forthcoming high-end storage array for the broader enterprise market, codenamed “Wolfcreek,” comes into play. Wolfcreek is DDN‘s next generation converged architecture for enterprise customers. The system borrows technology from DDN’s SFA12k line Read more…

Going In-Memory? Consider These Three Things First

Jun 25, 2015 |

Businesses, large and small, know that if they aren’t using the data they collect in some kind of intelligent way, their companies will be out of business in a few short years. Quickly turning data into business insights is downright essential to increasing and retaining customers as well as delivering new products and services. You know how online retailers have those flash sales and replace items that have sold out with similar ones as shoppers are viewing the screen? They Read more…

Data Lake Showdown: Object Store or HDFS?

Jun 23, 2015 |

The explosion of data is causing people to rethink their long-term storage strategies. Most agree that distributed systems, one way or another, will be involved. But when it comes down to picking the distributed system–be it a file-based system like HDFS or an object-based file store such as Amazon S3–the agreement ends and the debate begins. The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) has emerged as a top contender for building a data lake. The scalability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Hadoop Read more…

Deep Dive Into HP’s New HPC & Big Data Business Unit

Jun 5, 2015 |

When HP finally divides into two pieces – HP Inc. (PCs and printers) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (servers and services) – how will the HPC portfolio fare? Views vary of course. The split is meant to let the ‘new’ companies shed distraction and sharpen focus. HPC will live within HP Enterprise, but perhaps surprisingly not by itself. Instead HPC is being combined with big data into a single global business unit, HPC & Big Data, created in March and led Read more…

Five Ways Big Genomic Data Is Making Us Healthier

Jun 3, 2015 |

We’ve come a long ways since the human genome was first decoded 13 years ago. Thanks to continued advances in high performance computing and distributed data analytics, doctors and computer scientists are finding innovative new ways to use genetic data to improve our health. The economics of genetic testing is creating a flood of genomic data. The Human Genome Project took over a decade and cost $3 billion, but today whole-genome tests from Illumina can now be had in a Read more…

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Consortium Makes Business Case For R Language

Jun 30, 2015 |

As more data scientists and researchers embrace the R programming language and statistical computing environment, the Linux Foundation has moved to strengthen the user community and, with it, the development of more business applications through a collaborative development initiative called the R Consortium. Founding members of the R Consortium include Alteryx, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Mango Solutions, Microsoft, Oracle, RStudio and Tibco Software, the Linux Foundation announced on Tuesday (June 30). Microsoft and RStudio were listed as “platinum” members. The open source Read more…

Bright Computing Rolls New Cluster Manager, Ceph Integration

Jun 10, 2015 |

Cluster and cloud management software specialist Bright Computing unveiled a new version of its cluster manager for Apache Hadoop during this week’s Hadoop Summit in San Jose. Separately, it announced on Wednesday (June 10) that its OpenStack management software now integrates with Ceph, the distributed object storage and file system. Bright Computer’s management platform is intended to help build and manage big data clusters via Apache Hadoop. Version 7.1 of the cluster manager expands automation of deployment and management for Read more…

Attivio Upgrade Looks to Speed Data Integration

Jun 8, 2015 |

Business intelligence experts are spending an inordinate amount of time on data integration, the profiling, identification and combining of relevant data from disparate sources for analysis. Attivio, Newton, Mass., which bills itself as a self-service data discovery acceleration vendor, rolled out the last version of its software platform on Monday (June 8) that is said to reduce business intelligence and big data projects from months and weeks to minutes. The data source discovery software provides an index of information sources Read more…

IBM, UK to Collaborate on Big Data

Jun 5, 2015 |

The British government and partner IBM are investing £300 million (more than $456 million) to promote big data and cognitive computing research aimed at helping U.K. businesses engage with customers and suppliers. Among IBM’s contributions to the big data project announced this week is a package of technology and “onsite expertise” valued at £200 million, including access to its Watson cognitive computing platform and at least 24 IBM researchers. They will work with U.K. big data scientists. The British government Read more…

Data Rx for Healthcare: Security, Real-Time Analytics

May 27, 2015 |

Life sciences and the health care sectors have been steadily embracing big data analytics as an engine of innovation and a means of reducing costs by, among other things, intelligently allocating resources where they will do the most public good. While there is plenty of upside to applying data analytics to life sciences and healthcare, a new study identifies several key challenges, including data governance, harnessing real-time analytics and the need for an overarching big data analytics strategy. “As big Read more…

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Zettaset Boosts Big Data Protection for IBM Power Systems servers with Enterprise-Class Encryption for Hadoop and NoSQL Databases

May 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20, – Zettaset, a leader in Big Data security, today announced it has successfully completed integration of Zettaset’s Big Data Encryption software solution, BDEncrypt™, with IBM’s Power Systems scale-out servers running Linux. IBM POWER8 customers seeking an encryption solution which is optimized for Big Data environments and distributed computing architectures including Hadoop and NoSQL can now utilize Zettaset BDEncrypt.  BDEncrypt with IBM Power Systems is designed to deliver a high level of compute performance and solution Read more…

PSC to Provide HPC Resources for Pitt Big Data Project

Oct 9, 2014 |

Oct. 9 — The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million, four-year grant to lead a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence, an initiative that will help scientists capitalize more fully on large amounts of available data and to make data science a more prominent component of biomedical research. The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will provide HPC resources and expertise to support the effort. Much of science focuses on understanding the “why” or “how” Read more…