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Kafka Creators Tackle Consistency Problem in Data Pipelines

May 24, 2016 |

One of the big questions surrounding the rise of real-time stream processing applications is consistency. When you have a distributed application involving thousands of data sources and data consumers, how can you be sure that the data going in one side comes out the other unchanged? That’s the challenge that Confluent is addressing with today’s launch of new software for Apache Kafka. If you’re moving big data today, you’re probably using Apache Kafka, or at least looking at it. The Read more…

Big Data Doesn’t Always Mean Better Business

May 24, 2016 |

There is an unprecedented volume of data being created, with an unprecedented number of people around the world regularly producing and storing data. Research shows that 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the last two years alone. This may not be news to those of us who plan for, manage, or process this barrage of data, but questions still remain about best practices when taking on infrastructure changes to address big data in a big Read more…

Apache Foundation Keeps Eyes Wide Open with ODPi

May 20, 2016 |

If you’re looking for controversy in the Apache Hadoop community, you need look no further than the 2015 launch of the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi), which some perceived as an attempt to wrest control of Apache Hadoop from its open source roots. In fact, some Apache Software Foundation (ASF) leaders see potential good coming out of the ODPi, although there are valid concerns about negatives too. Jim Jagielski, a founding member of the ASF and a member of its Read more…

Hadoop Past, Present, and Future

May 17, 2016 |

Every few years the technology industry seems to be consumed with a shiny new object that gets hyped far beyond reality. At worst, the inevitable bursting of the hype bubble leads to the disappearance of the technology from relevance (remember Internet browsing on your TV?), but more often the hype subsides until a real but narrower focus for the technology is found. It’s been a decade since Hadoop was first created as an Apache top-level project, and during that decade Read more…

Data Gravity Pulls to the Cloud

May 16, 2016 |

Last month, Spotify grabbed headlines by announcing plans to get rid of its data centers and move onto Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP), claiming that the storage, compute and network services in the cloud are as high quality as on-premise alternatives. While few people take a second look at a digital-native company choosing to store data in the cloud, it seems to be generally accepted that for certain companies and industries, the cloud just isn’t a fit. Hadoop distribution vendors like Cloudera and Read more…

News In Brief

Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

Cray Bakes Big Data Software Framework Into Urika-GX Analytics Platform

May 24, 2016 |

Cray continued its courtship of the advanced scale enterprise market with today’s launch of the Urika-GX, a system that integrates Cray supercomputing technologies with an agile big data platform designed to run multiple analytics workloads concurrently. While Cray has pre-installed analytics software in previous systems, the new system takes pre-configuration to a new level with an open software framework designed to eliminate installation, integration and update headaches that stymie big data implementations. Available in the third quarter of this year, the Read more…

NASA Helps Launch Data Science Grad Program

May 23, 2016 |

Another U.S. university is adding a data science specialization to its curriculum, this one as part of an online Masters of Science degree in engineering. The University of California at Riverside said the data science track was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science staff. The partners said the data science program is aimed at engineers, scientists along with medical and social media professionals seeking to expand their training in data mining, data visualization, machine learning and Read more…

ThoughtSpot, Search Analytics Startup, Raises $50M

May 19, 2016 |

Citing the growing need for speed in accessing data for business intelligence applications, search-driven analytics specialist ThoughtSpot said it has more than doubled its equity investment total with the closing this week of a $50 million funding round. ThoughtSpot said Thursday (May 19) lead investor General Catalyst Partners was joined by Geodesic Capital. Existing investors include Lightspeed Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., has so far raised more than $90 million. The company’s cofounders have Read more…

DDN Flashes New All-flash Arrays for Enterprise Use Cases at Scale

May 17, 2016 |

DDN, a high-end storage standard bearer, this morning joined the ranks of storage vendors offering new all-flash technology with the launch of Flashscale, a family of all-flash, scale-out and scale-up products designed for read, write and mixed workloads for enterprise data analytics, web scale cloud and HPC environments. Available in August, the SFA14KXi (the first model number within the Flashscale family) is targeted at organizations demanding storage platforms that deliver high performance capacity and latency across massive stores of data Read more…

This Just In

IDC Says Worldwide Big Data and Business Analytics Revenues to Reach $187 Billion in 2019

May 23, 2016 |

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 23 — According to the new Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period. The new Spending Guide expands on IDC’s previous forecasts by offering greater revenue detail by technology, industry, and geography. The services-related opportunity will account for more than Read more…

AtScale Raises $11M in Funding

May 16, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 16 — AtScale, Inc., the first company to provide business users with a fast and secure self-service BI platform for Hadoop, announced today that it has raised a Series B round of $11M, bringing its total funding to date to $20M.  Led by Comcast Ventures, this round also saw the participation of UMC, AME Ventures as well as Storm Ventures and XSeed Capital. “With this new financing, the company is poised to accelerate growth and drive innovation enabling enterprises to derive Read more…

New Relic Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2016 Results

May 11, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 11 — Software analytics company New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. “Fiscal 2016 was a record breaking year for New Relic, as we continued to execute our vision to be the first, best place for companies of all sizes to understand their digital business,” said Lew Cirne, founder and CEO, New Relic. “What’s really exciting is that we’re beginning to see the world’s Read more…

Teradata Reports 2016 First Quarter Results

May 10, 2016 |

ATLANTA, Ga., May 10 — Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC) reported revenue of $545 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, versus $582 million in the first quarter of 2015. Revenue in the first quarter decreased 6 percent, down 4 percent when compared in constant currency. Excluding the Marketing Applications business the company expects to exit around the end of the second quarter of 2016, revenue was $511 million, which was down 6 percent, or down 4 percent in constant Read more…

Tableau Reports First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

May 6, 2016 |

May 6 — Tableau Software, Inc. (NYSE: DATA) has reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2016. Total revenue grew to $171.7 million, up 32% year over year. License revenue grew to $96.4 million, up 14% year over year. International revenue grew to $48.1 million, up 52% year over year. Added more than 3,500 new customer accounts. Closed 268 transactions greater than $100,000, up 8% year over year. Diluted GAAP net loss per share was $0.62; diluted non-GAAP net Read more…