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Why Graph Databases Are Becoming Part of Everyday Life

Mar 26, 2015 |

Zephyr Health, a San Francisco-based software company that offers a data analytics platform for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, wanted its customers to unlock more value from their data relationships. Doing so would enable pharmaceutical companies, for example, to find the right doctors for a clinical trial by understanding relationships among a complex mix of public and private data such as specialty, geography, and clinical trial history. Old-school SQL databases were not up to the task. Traditional SQL databases Read more…

Mapping the Shape of Complex Data with Ayasdi

Mar 25, 2015 |

Machine learning has emerged as the most useful technology for analyzing big and complex data sets. But all too often, it takes a highly skilled data scientists to effectively wield machine learning tools. A company called Ayasdi is positioning a technique it calls Topological Data Analysis as a way to shortcut that machine learning skills gap. And if today’s news is any indication, it’s having tremendous success with this technique. Ayasdi was created in 2008 when a Stanford University mathematics Read more…

Achieve Business Value with Machine Learning

Mar 24, 2015 |

With major companies battling constant cyberattacks and advanced persistent threats from cyber attackers, larger dedicated staffs are currently required to handle cyber espionage issues. Right now, a common problem across corporations and agencies in defending against these attacks is that too few people are solely tasked to early detection and interdiction. As our adversaries increase their use of automation, staff increases will not be able to keep up with the exponential growth of the threat. Manual querying, analysis, and response Read more…

Wanted: Intelligent Middleware That Simplifies Big Data Analytics

Mar 23, 2015 |

We’ve seen tremendous technological innovation in the data analytics space over the past 10 years. Platforms like Hadoop have emerged and machine learning techniques are going mainstream. But according respected leaders in the big data community, there’s still a sizable gap in the marketplace when it comes to intelligent middleware that can orchestrate and organizes how data flows, not just in Hadoop but the enterprise. Lars George was one of the first technologists to begin working with Hadoop in Europe Read more…

Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

News In Brief

Neo Tech Cranks Up Speed on Upgraded Neo4j

Mar 25, 2015 |

Graph database specialist Neo Technology has rolled out an updated version of its Neo4j tool that includes faster read and write performance capabilities aimed at critical graph database applications. Neo4j 2.2 released on Wednesday (March 25) comes with souped-up write and read scalability, the company said. Expanded write capacity targets highly concurrent applications while leveraging available hardware via faster buffering of updates. A new unified transaction log is designed to serve both graphs and their indexes. Graph databases are an Read more…

Market Regulators Tap Into Big Data

Mar 24, 2015 |

Big data has already become a competitive differentiator in the private sector. But government regulators in the US and the UK are showing they can apply big data lessons in the public realm too, and have launched big data programs of their own. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) went live in early 2013 with Market Information Data Analytics System (MIDAS), a computer system that tracks the complete order books for all the equities traded on each of the 13 Read more…

Couchbase Breaks Up NoSQL Database Functions for Scalability

Mar 23, 2015 |

Couchbase today unveiled a plan to boost the scalability and performance of its NoSQL database by allowing customers to separate key database functions and run them on dedicated servers. The multi-dimensional scaling capability that Couchbase plans to ship later this year with Couchbase Server 4.0 will allow customers to separate three key workloads that the database performs—indexing, queries, and reads/writes—and thereby get around a built-in limitation in the database’s scale-out architecture. “Multi-dimensional scaling basically allows you to separate these tasks Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

Embedded Analytics Goes Mainstream

Mar 17, 2015 |

Embedded analytics, the integration of analytic capabilities within business applications, are becoming more pervasive as software vendors and software-as-a-service providers embrace the approach. According to a new survey, embedded analytics is poised to overtake traditional business intelligence tools as it is folded into more applications and as users seek greater functionality. In its third annual survey of the embedded analytics market, Logi Analytics also found that fully 65 percent of application providers it contacted embed business intelligence and analytics into Read more…

This Just In

Birst Announces $65M Investment Round

Mar 17, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 17 — Birst, the global leader in Cloud BI and Analytics, today announced $65 million in funding that will further drive the company’s impressive growth and customer success. Wellington Management Company LLP led the investment round and was joined by all existing investors including Sequoia Capital, Hummer Winblad, DAG Ventures and Northgate Capital. With this investment Birst has raised a total of $156 million, solidifying the company’s continued success and leadership as the pioneer in the Cloud Read more…

Looker Closes $30M Series B Financing Led by Meritech

Mar 11, 2015 |

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., March 11 — Looker, provider of the SaaS business intelligence (BI) platform creating data-driven companies, today announced it has raised a $30 million Series B financing round led by Meritech Capital Partners, with participation from Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures), and existing investors Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital and PivotNorth. Looker experienced 400 percent growth in 2014 and now surpasses 250 customers since its launch less than two years ago, distinguishing Looker as the fastest growing SaaS company Read more…

DDN Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results

Mar 10, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 10 — As the world’s fastest growing Enterprise Big Data and Web/Cloud storage company, DDN Storage today announced sustained upward momentum led by profitable, double digit year-over-year growth worldwide. This significant momentum is the direct result of strong market demand across Enterprise and Web/Cloud sectors for DDN’s storage and data management solutions. For the year ending December 31, 2014, DDN bookings grew 16 percent year-over-year with 31 percent growth compared to Q4 2013, while the company increased Read more…

Attunity Acquires Appfluent

Mar 5, 2015 |

March 5 — Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Appfluent Technology, Inc., a U.S.-based leading provider of data usage analytics for Big Data environments, including data warehousing and Hadoop, for a total consideration of approximately $18.0 million, payable in cash and stock, with additional earn-out consideration based on performance milestones. Through this acquisition, Attunity will be able to offer the industry’s first product suite that analyzes Read more…

Alpine Data Labs Announces 2014 Results

Mar 3, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 3 — Alpine Data Labs, the leader in Advanced Analytics for Big Data, today announced record results for all of 2014. The company delivered explosive growth across all business metrics, highlighted by more than a 10X year over year growth in annual billings and subscriber count. The company further confirmed the acceleration of its business by noting that software bookings for its most recent quarter exceeded results for all of 2013. The record growth was fueled by Read more…