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Schools Get a Leg Up on Terrorists with Big Data

Apr 23, 2015 |

Governments around the world spend billions of dollars each year trying to prevent terrorist attacks, with varying degree of success. When preventative efforts fail, the next best option is to help potential victims prepare by predicting when and where attacks are most likely to occur. That’s the approach a United States data analytics startup is taking with schools half a world away in Pakistan. More than 20 years after establishing a foothold in the mountainous region of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Read more…

A Shoebox-Size Data Warehouse Powered by GPUs

Apr 22, 2015 |

When it comes to big data, the size of your computer definitely matters. Running SQL queries on 100 TB of data or joining billions of records, after all, requires horsepower. But organizations with big data aspirations are increasingly able to satisfy their data processing needs with much smaller computers, thanks to the dense power boost provided by GPUs. Graphic processing units were initially adopted by gamers to drive graphics in video games (hence the acronym). As the game developers delivered Read more…

Riding the Waves of Big Data

Apr 21, 2015 |

Big Data is typically defined by three core characteristics, commonly referred to as the three Vs: volume, variety and velocity. Today, we are not just creating greater volumes of data, we are also expanding the variety of data sources, while creating and requiring processing of this data at ever faster velocities. However, while the three Vs are accelerating in-sync with one another, a business’s ability to respond has evolved in waves. While each element is important, when looking at production Read more…

Startup Delivers Visual Search Tool for Neo4j Graphs

Apr 20, 2015 |

Organizations looking to give their business analysts a quick and easy way to explore and visualize data stored in Neo4j graph databases may want to check out Linkurius, which today debuted the enterprise version of its Web-based graph visualization tool. Graph databases are on the rise, thanks to the powerful way they organize connected data sets. The Neo4j database from Neo Technology–by far the most popular graph database today–provides a solid foundation for building next-generation apps that blend transactional and Read more…

From Spiders to Elephants: The History of Hadoop

Apr 15, 2015 |

Have you ever wonder where this thing called Hadoop came from, or even why it’s here? Marko Bonaci has wondered such things, too. In fact, he wondered about them so much that he decided to write a History of Hadoop chapter for his upcoming book, “Spark in Action.” Bonaci’s History of Hadoop starts humbly enough in 1997, when Doug Cutting sat down to write the first edition of the Lucene search engine. In 2000, Cutting placed Lucene into the open Read more…

News In Brief

Lavastorm Pushes Analytics Collaboration

Apr 22, 2015 |

An upgraded analytics engine rolled out this week by Lavastorm seeks to deliver greater transparency in how analytics are created as a way to repair what the company argues is a “disjointed” process of creating and sharing analytic applications. Boston-based Lavastorm touts its Analytics Engine 6.0 as promoting transparency as a way to encourage collaboration among the authors and users of analytic programs. To that end, the latest version of the analytics engine includes data flow logic and interim data Read more…

WANdisco Opens Up the Dance Floor Beyond Just Hadoop

Apr 21, 2015 |

WANdisco today launched WANdisco Fusion, its new flagship data replication product for Hadoop. The new software delivers real-time replication of data not just among plain-vanilla Hadoop clusters, but also among HDFS-compatible file systems, such as those used by MapR Technologies, EMC Isilon, Amazon S3, and Teradata. WANdisco made its name in the Hadoop world with NonStop Hadoop, which provided very fast and reliable data replication for enterprises like banks that required strong high availability and disaster recovery capabilities with its Read more…

Experfy: The Uber of Big Data Projects

Apr 20, 2015 |

Starting a big data analytics project can be tough, especially for mid-size firms that can’t justify the cost of a full-time data scientist and don’t want to deal with traditional consulting firms. But a company called Experfy is finding success by emulating the sharing-economy model popularized by Uber, and matching freelance data scientists with analytic projects of clients. Experfy came out of the Harvard Innovation Lab about a year ago with the goal of creating a marketplace for high-end consulting Read more…

Google Cloud Dataflow Now Open for Business

Apr 16, 2015 |

Google today formally took the wraps off Cloud Dataflow, the hosted offering designed to allow developers with average Java and Python skills to build sophisticated analytic “pipelines” that process huge amounts of data. Google introduced Cloud Dataflow about a year ago as a next-gen platform for building systems that can ingest, transform, normalize, and analyze huge amounts of data—well into the exabyte range, Google executives said. The software is built on the infrastructure and technology that powers Google’s own applications, Read more…

MySQL Leader Percona Takes Aim at MongoDB

Apr 14, 2015 |

The company driving the MySQL database today unveiled a plan to go after MongoDB’s business with a drop-in replacement for the popular document-oriented NoSQL database. The new strategy is the result of Percona’s acquisition today of TokuTek, which owns exclusive commercial rights to the patented Fractal Tree indexing technology. Up to this point, Percona has kept a relatively low profile as the brains behind MySQL. While the open source relational database is owned by Oracle, many of the fixes and Read more…

This Just In

Qlik Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Apr 24, 2015 |

RADNOR, Pa., April 24 — Qlik, a leader in data discovery delivering intuitive solutions for self-service data visualization and guided analytics, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Lars Björk, Chief Executive Officer of Qlik, stated, “The first quarter was a terrific start to 2015. Both revenue and non-GAAP operating results exceeded our expectations, highlighting the benefits of our global footprint, more comprehensive BI offerings, and expanded addressable market. Our platform is designed to fulfill a greater portion of market needs Read more…

Datawatch Announces Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Apr 22, 2015 |

CHELMSFORD, Mass., April 22 — Datawatch Corporation, a leading global provider of self-service data preparation and visual data discovery solutions, today announced that total revenue for its second fiscal quarter of 2015 ended March 31, 2015 was $7.46 million, a decrease of 7% from revenue of $8.00 million in the second quarter a year ago and an increase of 7% from revenue of $6.96 million in the first fiscal quarter. License revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $3.91 Read more…

IBM Reports 2015 First Quarter Results

Apr 21, 2015 |

April 21 — IBM has announced first-quarter 2015 diluted earnings from continuing operations of $2.44 per share, flat year-to-year.  Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings from continuing operations were $2.91 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $2.68 per share in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 9 percent. First-quarter net income from continuing operations was $2.4 billion, down 5 percent year-to-year, including the impact of $0.2 billion in pension-related pre-tax charges for IBM Spain in the first quarter of 2015, Read more…

ISC Cloud & Big Data Keynote to Recount Bank’s Path into Cloud Computing

Apr 17, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, April 17 — As the fourth largest cooperative bank in Germany, DZ Bank supports the business activities of over 900 other cooperative banks in the country. Dr. Jan Vitt, the Head of IT Infrastructure at DZ Bank will be talking about how a conservative institution like his is effectively adopting cloud computing to address the IT needs of their various business divisions. The talk will be delivered at the first joint ISC Cloud & Big Data conference, which will Read more…

IBM Acquires Explorys

Apr 17, 2015 |

NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 17 — Explorys, a portfolio company of venture capital firm Heritage Group, has been acquired by IBM in an agreement signed April 13. In May 2012, big data company Explorys received a significant investment from the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund, a $167 million strategic venture fund that invests in businesses that reduce healthcare costs, improve outcomes and increase the efficiency of delivery. “The Heritage Healthcare Innovation Fund invests in solutions addressing the myriad challenges and opportunities associated with healthcare reform,” said Read more…