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Apache Spark Surrounded By Cloud Data Services at IBM

Feb 4, 2016 |

IBM has made no secret about its admiration for Apache Spark, which it sees as the future for in-memory analytics. Today the IT giant unveiled a host of new cloud-based data services that bolsters its hosted Apache Spark business with NoSQL, graph, and machine learning capabilities. IBM added a number of new offerings to Cloud Data Services, which is a portfolio of more than two dozen database engines and related data-oriented services that it runs for customers as part of Read more…

Keeping on Top of Data Drift

Feb 3, 2016 |

Data is often thought to be constant and immutable. A given piece of data is defined by 1s and 0s, and it never changes. But there’s an emerging school of thought in the big data world that sees data as constantly drifting and mutating in response to forces around it. Without processes put in place to detect it, this data drift can wreak havoc on one’s understanding, expert warn. Organizations that collect huge amounts of data from many different sources, and Read more…

Hadoop’s Second Decade: Where Do We Go From Here?

Feb 2, 2016 |

As we reported last week, the first Hadoop cluster went online at Yahoo 10 years ago. The platform has enjoyed phenomenal, if improbable, growth since then. But where does it go from here? Once again, we tapped the knowledge of Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and other experts in the big data industry to get the low down on the high technology. Cutting, who is the chief architect at commercial Hadoop pioneer Cloudera, sees the loose confederation of open source projects Read more…

Knowing What’s Possible a Big Obstacle for Big Data

Feb 1, 2016 |

There are many reasons why a given organization may be lagging on big data analytics adoption. The shortage of data scientists is one, and the tightening of budgets is another. But according to analytic experts, one of the biggest obstacles to adopting big data is just knowing what is possible. “The biggest obstacle we’re running into is not knowing what’s possible. This is the single biggest problem we’re running into,” says Praveen Kankariya, the founder and CEO of Impetus Technologies, Read more…

Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

News In Brief

Tech ‘Democratization’ Seen Fueling Analytics Boom

Feb 4, 2016 |

The “democratization” of analytics illustrated by the transition to self-service business intelligence and foolproof BI platforms promises to boost to global analytics market to new heights in 2016 and beyond, market researcher forecast. Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) predicted the worldwide BI and analytics market would reach $16.9 billion this year, up 5.2 percent over 2015. Last month, it projected the “advanced analytics” market would grow at a 14-percent clip this year to $1.5 billion as more data is shared on Read more…

Startup Enlists AI to Predict Cyber Threats

Feb 3, 2016 |

While major players are increasingly emphasizing human “intelligence-led” approaches to cyber security, artificial intelligence along with advanced analytics continue to make inroads in the “threat intelligence” market. Among the AI startups is Jask, which emerged from stealth mode this week after raising $2 million in seed financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. San Francisco-based Jask said Wednesday (Feb. 3) it is building a “predictive security operations center” designed to help enterprises automate security operations while reacting faster Read more…

Redis Connector Aims to Boost Spark Performance

Feb 2, 2016 |

Adoption of the Apache Spark big data framework continues to build momentum with the release of NoSQL leader Redis Labs’ integration with Spark SQL along with the release of its Spark connector package. Redis Labs said Tuesday (Feb. 2) its Spark connector package is being released as an open source option that includes a library for writing to and reading from a Redis cluster. The release includes access to all data structures from Spark as a resilient distributed dataset (RDD) Read more…

Investors Await Clearer Big Data Strategies

Feb 1, 2016 |

Institutional investors and financial market analysts are bullish about the value of data analytics, according to a recent survey by financial advisor KPMG, but are still waiting to see how it can create a competitive advantage for early adopters. Data and analytics “will indeed alter the competitive landscape—rewarding some companies and punishing others—especially in the longer term,” concluded Bradley Fisher, U.S. leader for data and analytics at KPMG and a partner in the firm. “Investors and analysts see greatest opportunity for Read more…

Aerospike Adds GeoSpatial Data to Speedy NoSQL

Jan 28, 2016 |

Organizations that are looking to leverage location data in their operational apps have another option in Aerospike, which today announced support for geospatial data in its NoSQL database. Aerospike is a key-value data store designed to run within a combination of RAM and Flash storage. The database, which essentially bypasses the file system to speed up processing, is widely used among ad tech companies thanks to its capability to process mixed read and write workloads at high speeds with low latencies. Read more…

This Just In

Teradata Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Feb 4, 2016 |

Feb. 4 — Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC) reported revenue of $719 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, versus $761 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter revenue decreased 6 percent when compared to the prior year period, a decrease of 1 percent when compared in constant currency. For the full-year 2015, revenue was $2.530 billion, a 7 percent decrease from $2.732 billion in 2014. In constant currency, full-year revenue decreased 2 percent versus 2014.  Currency created a 5 percentage point headwind for both the fourth quarter Read more…

SAS Reports 40th Consecutive Year of Growth

Feb 2, 2016 |

CARY, N.C., Feb. 2 — Growing customer demand for risk, fraud and security intelligence analytics strongly influenced SAS’ 40th consecutive year of revenue growth. SAS posted US$3.16 billion in total operating revenue, up 6.4 percent in constant currency (2.3 percent US dollars) over 2014. New software sales increased 12 percent in constant currency (8 percent US dollars) — a testament to an ever-growing demand for SAS Analytics. “For 40 years, SAS has been helping customers change the world with analytics,” said Read more…

Bright Computing Receives Horizon 2020 Grant From European Commission

Jan 28, 2016 |

Jan. 28 — Bright Computing, the leading provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, announces it has been awarded a grant of more than 1.5 million Euros by the European Commission under its Horizon 2020 program. The grant will be used for the Bright Beyond HPC program, which focuses on enhancing and scaling Bright’s industry-leading management platform for advanced IT infrastructure, including high performance computing clusters, big data clusters, and OpenStack-based private clouds. Awarded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small Read more…

Datawatch Announces First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Jan 28, 2016 |

BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 28 — Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH), a leading global provider of self-service data preparation and visual analytics solutions, today announced that total revenue for its first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended December 31, 2015 was $7.06 million, an increase of 1% from revenue of $6.96 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.  License revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 was $3.15 million, a 1% decline from the $3.17 million recorded in the comparable quarter a year ago.  Read more…

Attunity Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results

Jan 28, 2016 |

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 28 — Attunity, Ltd., a leading provider of Big Data management software solutions, today reported its unaudited financial results for the three month period and full year ended December 31, 2015. “We reported a 36% increase in total revenue for 2015 as a result of strong market demand for our core line of Big Data and cloud solutions. We are also seeing increased demand for significantly larger deals with Attunity being positioned as a strategic enterprise solution. Revenue for the year Read more…