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Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Congratulations Hadoop, You Made It–Now Disappear

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop has matured at a rapid rate since it broke into the mainstream several years ago. With billions in venture funding, an eager community of developers, and a thriving ISV community, the open source big data platform seems poised to take a big step into the wider enterprise. But according to Cloudera’s chief strategy officer Mike Olson, Hadoop’s next big move may be to just disappear. Olson predicted Hadoop’s disappearance during a keynote address at last week’s Strata + Hadoop Read more…

DataTorrent Raises the Bar for Real-Time Streaming

Oct 15, 2014 |

There’s a lot of talk these days about real-time streaming applications. If analyzing and acting on new data is good, then doing it immediately must be better. The truth is, building real-time streaming applications is not easy work. One company that’s pushing the bar higher in this area is DataTorrent. DataTorrent develops a distributed Hadoop 2 application called Real Time Streaming (RTS) that enables users to act upon and analyze time-sensitive data, including call data records, log and machine data, Read more…

Hortonworks Goes Broad and Deep with HDP 2.2

Oct 15, 2014 |

From full support for Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and the Cascading framework to updated management consoles and SQL enhancements in Hive, there’s something for everybody in Hortonworks’ latest Hadoop distribution, which was revealed today at the Strata + Hadoop World conference in New York City. Hadoop started out with two main pieces: MapReduce and HDFS. But today’s distributions are massive vehicles that wrap up and deliver a host of sub-components, engines, and consoles that are desired and needed for running Read more…

News In Brief

Execs Go With Their Guts Until Data Improves

Oct 24, 2014 |

When it comes to appreciating the value of big data and analytics, seeing is apparently believing. That’s among the key findings of a recent data and analytics survey of 1,135 senior executives from industries ranging from energy to transportation released by market researcher PwC, better known as PricewaterhouseCoopers. The data analytics survey sought to define the role played by data and analytics in what the survey dubbed “big decision making,” or “the most significant decisions about the strategic direction of Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

Survey: Mega-Vendors Still Dominate Database Management Market

Oct 22, 2014 |

Industry analyst Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” survey of the operational database management systems market found a widening gap between market leaders and niche players, identifying only one “challenger,” MongoDB, and a handful of “visionary” DBMS companies. The latter category, according to the annual Gartner survey, includes DataStax, Couchbase and Aerospike, in that order. Heavy hitters Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and IBM continue to dominate the data base management market with four others trying to keep pace among the industry leaders: Intersystems, EnterpriseDB, Read more…

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

Predixion Update Seeks to Ease Analytics Deployment

Oct 16, 2014 |

Continuing a trend toward easing the deployment of analytics while expanding access beyond data analysts to decision makers, analytics vendor Predixion Software has released the latest version of its predictive analytics platform. Predixion, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said Oct. 15 version 4.0 of its “Insight” platform aims to expand access to predictive analytics to a range of production environments in vertical markets like health care and financial services. The company specializes in the “last mile of analytics,” that is, delivering Read more…

This Just In

Couchbase Announces Q3 Growth

Oct 23, 2014 |

Oct. 23 — Couchbase, Inc., provider of the most complete NoSQL database, today announced accelerated growth in Q3, with record bookings of net new customers and expansion deals among existing customers. Deals closed during the third quarter included many of the world’s most recognized brands: AT&T, British Gas, Clear Channel, Cisco, Criteo, Hearst Magazine, Major League Baseball, Nike, StubHub and Walmart. During the quarter, Couchbase also announced multiple new and expanded partnerships that grow the Couchbase NoSQL ecosystem for deployment options, Read more…

Cognitive Scale Introduces Cognitive Cloud Platform

Oct 22, 2014 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 22 — After 18 months focused on product and technology development, Cognitive Scale today emerged from stealth with the industry’s first technology independent cognitive cloud platform, four vertical industry applications, new customers, partnerships with technology titans, and 22 patents filed. The company is on track to close 2014 with multi-million dollars in revenue resulting from several high-value customer contracts. Cognitive Scale is led by a team of serial entrepreneurs and technologists with in-depth enterprise software expertise in cognitive computing, Big Read more…

SnapLogic Receives $20M in Series D Financing

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 21 — SnapLogic, Inc., the Elastic Integration company, today announced the initial closing of its $20 million Series D financing led by Ignition Partners, which will bring the company’s total financing to $60 million. Also participating in this closing are Andreessen Horowitz, H. Barton Asset Management, Pharus Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company will use the funds to grow its field sales, marketing and operations while continuing to build upon the big data wrangling and Read more…

Cazena Raises $8M in Series A Funding

Oct 20, 2014 |

WALTHAM, Mass., Oct. 20 — Cazena today announced it has assembled a team of technology luminaries to take on the next challenge in big data. To execute its vision, Cazena has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and North Bridge Venture Partners. Cazena was founded by former leaders from Netezza where the team pioneered big data appliances. Netezza was acquired by IBM in 2010 for $1.7 billion. “We are thrilled to announce Cazena and our investors,” Read more…

Actian Express – Hadoop SQL Edition Released

Oct 16, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 16 — Actian Corporation (“Actian”), the Hadoop analytics company, has launched the Actian Analytics Platform – Express Hadoop SQL Edition, a free community version of the industry’s first end-to-end analytics platform running 100 percent inside of Hadoop. With no limits on the number of Hadoop nodes, and data up to 500GB, Actian Express – Hadoop SQL Edition supercharges Hadoop adoption and accelerates time-to-value for organizations that have been struggling to get value from their Hadoop investments. Hadoop has Read more…