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Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Hortonworks Boosts Streaming Analytics, IoT Plays with NiFi Deal

Aug 25, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Onyara, the company behind the data routing and streaming technology called Apache NiFi. The Hadoop heavy also announced NiFi will be the basis for its second major product line, Hortonworks DataFlow, which will underlie real-time streaming analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The National Security Agency created Apache NiFi eight years ago to address its real-time data collection needs. Short for Niagrafiles (a play on Niagara Falls), the technology was designed Read more…

How Spark Democratizes Analytic Value from Hadoop Lakes

Aug 24, 2015 |

So you’ve installed Hadoop and built a data lake to house all the bits and bytes that your organization previously discarded. So now what? If you follow the advice from industry experts, the next step on your analytics journey is to add Apache Spark to the mix. It’s common for people to confuse Hadoop with analytics, says Rob Thomas, vice president of product development at IBM Analytics. “Hadoop itself doesn’t do analytics,” Thomas tells Datanami. “Hadoop is the data storage Read more…

Big Data Workloads in the Cloud: One Size Does Not Fit All

Aug 21, 2015 |

There is a bewildering array of big data platforms in the cloud today including multiple flavors of Hadoop and varied technologies from major vendors. The difficulty of selecting the “right cloud platform” is exacerbated by the fact that there are no established guidelines about how to configure the right cloud infrastructure to support a specific use case around a set of technologies and related workloads. There is also a gap in the service levels needed by enterprise clients compared to Read more…

How NVIDIA Is Unlocking the Potential of GPU-Powered Deep Learning

Aug 20, 2015 |

Companies across nearly all industries are exploring how to use GPU-powered deep learning to extract insights from big data. From self-driving cars and voice-directed phones to disease-detecting mirrors and high-speed securities trading, the potential use cases for the technology are large and expanding by the day. Ever since computer scientist Geoff Hinton decided to try training a neural network on a GPU and did much to help popularize the field of deep neural networks several years back, researchers have been Read more…

News In Brief

Intel Investments Seek to Speed Big Data Rollouts

Aug 27, 2015 |

Chipmaker Intel Corp. is expanding its push into big data with an equity investment and a technology partnership with BlueData, the startup that specializes in generating virtualized big data clusters. Along with the strategic technology alliance, BlueData, Mountain View, Calif., announced a $20 million funding round this week led by Intel Capital. Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, Ignition Partners and an undisclosed investor joined the Series C funding round. The partnership calls for BlueData to tailor its big data infrastructure software Read more…

Why Gartner Dropped Big Data Off the Hype Curve

Aug 26, 2015 |

When Gartner published its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” last week, there was a notable absence of one broad class of technology in particular: big data. The reasoning behind the move may surprise you. Big data has been a fixture on the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies for several years. In 2013, as big data-mania set in, the technology was near the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” A year later, as the shine started wearing off, big data started slipping Read more…

Spark 1.5 to Incorporate ‘Tungsten’ Upgrades

Aug 25, 2015 |

A preview release of the Apache Spark open source in-memory processing framework incorporates major performance upgrades, according to Databricks Inc., the big data processing company founded by Spark’s creators. Databricks said Aug. 18 is expects to release Apache Spark 1.5 in a “few weeks,” adding the preview release would allow the Spark community to conduct quality assurance testing. Databricks said Spark 1.5 would focus on “under-the-hood changes to improve Spark’s performance, usability and operational stability.” Included in the latest release Read more…

McKinsey: Hype Understates Value of IoT Data

Aug 24, 2015 |

Growing skepticism in reaction to the endless hype about the Internet of Things has spawned yet another IoT forecast that actually embraces the hoopla by concluding that the “hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things.” Not usually given to hyperbole, the staid management consultant McKinsey & Co. attributes that assertion to several key findings centered on leveraging the massive amounts of data expected to be generated by the IoT: “Most of the IoT data collected Read more…

Riak Taps Mesos for ‘Push Button’ NoSQL Scalability

Aug 20, 2015 |

At the MesosCon conference this week, Basho Technologies and Cisco are demonstrating the Riak key-value store database running atop Apache Mesos, the next-gen cluster manager developed by UC Berkeley’s AMPLab. As Basho CEO Adam Wray tells Datanami, it’s all about making data delivery more scalable. Basho develops a multi-modal NoSQL database that includes a key-value store and an object store, along with hooks into other big data tools like Apache Spark, Redis, and Solr—with graph and columnar analytic capabilities possibly Read more…

This Just In

Splunk Announces Fiscal Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Aug 28, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 28 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2015. Second Quarter 2016 Financial Highlights Total revenues were $148.3 million, up 46% year-over-year. License revenues were $88.0 million, up 42% year-over-year. GAAP operating loss was $65.6 million; GAAP operating margin was negative 44.2%. Non-GAAP operating income was $4.8 million; non-GAAP operating margin was 3.2%. GAAP loss per share was $0.44; non-GAAP Read more…

Accenture Launches Advanced Analytics Applications for Telecommunications Industry

Aug 27, 2015 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Aug 27 — Accenture is launching five advanced analytics applications for the telecommunications industry, equipping users with customized analytics insights that can empower them to make smarter, data-driven decisions. Developed through the Accenture Analytics Applications Platform – a scalable platform that develops industry- and function-specific advanced analytics applications that are reusable, configurable and adaptable to meet the needs of each unique company and its individual users – the new analytics applications are designed to help telecommunications companies make more effective pricing, Read more…

BlueData Receives $20M in Funding

Aug 25, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 25 — BlueData, provider of the leading infrastructure software platform for Big Data, today announced an oversubscribed $20 million Series C funding round. Led by Intel Capital, the funding includes additional investment from existing investors Amplify Partners, Atlantic Bridge, and Ignition Partners as well as a new unnamed strategic investor. Doug Fisher, senior vice president of Intel and general manager of its Software and Services Group, will join BlueData’s board of directors. The Intel Capital funding was led by Read more…

Scality Completes $45M Series D Funding Round

Aug 24, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 24 — Scality, the leader in software-based storage for the information age, today announced it has completed a $45 million Series D funding round. The latest funding round includes new entrant and strategic partner BroadBand Tower, Inc. (BBTower), all existing investors, led by Menlo Ventures, and 65% of the Scality staff, bringing the total investment in Scality to $80 million. Scality will use the funds to continue to increase its salesforce in North America, continue to expand Read more…

NetApp Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Aug 20, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 20 —  NetApp has reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, ended July 31, 2015. First Quarter Financial Results Net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 were $1.34 billion. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $30 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to GAAP net income of $88 million, or $0.27 per share, for the comparable period of the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for Read more…