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Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Doing Something About the Weather with Big Data

Aug 5, 2015 |

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” You’re probably familiar with that old saw from 19th century Puritan Charles Dudley Warner. As it turns out, some enterprising folks here in the 21st century are finally doing something about the weather—by mixing it with big data. Weather forecasting is, in itself, a big data endeavor. Twice a day, the latest meteorological observations from around the world are loaded into supercomputers and run through sophisticated models that give Read more…

Scoring Hidden Insights from Location Analytics

Jul 16, 2015 |

Amid the tsunami of big data that’s being generated every day, geo-location data often gets lost in the wash. But to a certain class of big data practitioner, where you go in a city is almost as important as what you do. And thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones these days, data about your location is constantly trickling up to the grid, where smart businessmen can take advantage of it. The biggest consumers of location analytics these days are retailers. Read more…

Why Apple Isn’t Biting on ‘Data for Discounts’ Model

Jul 7, 2015 |

Apple is the most valuable company in the history of the world, with millions of loyal customers using its devices and software to communicate and connect to the Internet. Despite being in prime situation to mine its customer’s data for even bigger profits, Apple steadfastly refuses to partake of the “data for discounts” model, raising the inevitable question: Why? The big data business model was popularized by Silicon Valley firms like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, which figured out they could Read more…

DDN Tackles Enterprise Storage Needs as ‘Wolfcreek’ Looms

Jun 30, 2015 |

When it comes to keeping supercomputers fed with data, there are few storage makers that can keep up with DataDirect Networks. But increasingly, DDN is feeling pressure from enterprises that are struggling to keep up with the ongoing data explosion and mixed I/O workloads. That’s where DDN’s forthcoming high-end storage array for the broader enterprise market, codenamed “Wolfcreek,” comes into play. Wolfcreek is DDN‘s next generation converged architecture for enterprise customers. The system borrows technology from DDN’s SFA12k line of Read more…

News In Brief

As Economy Tanks, Calls For More Big Data

Aug 26, 2015 |

Some practitioners of the “dismal science” are dismayed by what they contend is flawed, outdated and incomplete data used by the U.S. Federal Reserve to make its economic forecasts. As global stock markets gyrate in response to the economic slowdown in China, these economists argue that the Fed should be making greater use of readily available real-time economic data. Among these sources is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology initiative dubbed the “Billion Prices Project” that measures inflation using real-time data Read more…

World Economic Forum Eyes Next Google

Aug 5, 2015 |

Big data technology earned a ringing endorsement this week from the World Economic Forum, which identified machine intelligence and other big data technologies as innovative business tools. The Geneva-based forum released a list of “technology pioneers” on Wednesday (Aug. 5) that includes a handful of big data companies in its “information technology” innovation category. Could one the big data innovators emerge as the next Google, which was cited by the forum more than a decade ago? Among them are Ayasdi, Read more…

Health Alliance Looks to Leverage, Secure Patient Data

Aug 3, 2015 |

The health care IT sector is attracting major players as companies chasing lucrative government contracts form partnerships that combine big data technologies to improve public health while harnessing advances in genomic research and securing patient medical information. In the latest example, military contracting giant Lockheed Martin has formed a Healthcare Technology Alliance that would among other things leverage big data analytics while at the same time securing patient medical information. Lockheed Martin has been steadily shifting to new IT markets Read more…

Crypto Tools Target Hadoop Security Gaps

Jul 31, 2015 |

Growing concerns about the lack of built-in security for open source databases such as Hadoop has created a need for tighter data security as these databases are scaled up to perform big data analytics. A data encryption and key management tool released this week by cyber-security specialist Thales e-Security Inc. and big data security vendor Zettaset targets open source big data distributions of Hadoop and NoSQL. The standards-based key management appliance and companying encryption software is also intended to help Read more…

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

This Just In

“Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative”

Jul 30, 2015 |

Editor’s Note: The full text of the White House Executive order creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative is posted here. Aside from the obvious recognition of the importance of HPC, there are many questions still to be sorted out. How will the new initiative relate to DOE’s ongoing Exascale Computing Initiative? Will there be new funding? How will the Executive Council function? Click here to view the HPCwire feature article on the new initiative.  July 30 — By the authority vested in me as President by Read more…

U.S. White House Announces National Strategic Computing Initiative

Jul 30, 2015 |

Click here to view the HPCwire feature article on the new initiative.  July 30 — The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is an effort to create a cohesive, multi-agency strategic vision and Federal investment strategy in high-performance computing (HPC). This strategy will be executed in collaboration with industry and academia, maximizing the benefits of HPC for the United States. HPC systems, through a combination of processing capability and storage capacity, can solve computational problems that are beyond the capability of small- to medium-scale systems. Read more…

Inovalon and HP Partner to Provide Healthcare Quality Analytics for Government Programs

Jul 29, 2015 |

BOWIE, Md., July 29 — Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced, cloud-based analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry, today announced a new, multi-year agreement with HP to provide an industry-leading solution for healthcare quality analytics for the State of Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs. With the increasing importance of clinical and quality outcomes in Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid, Commercial, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other value-based programs, sophisticated analytical platforms have Read more…

Kx Systems Awarded SEC Contract

Jul 7, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 7 — Kx Systems, a leader in high-performance database and time-series analytics, has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for use of its kdb+ software in supporting its ongoing IT objectives. Kdb+ is a database system with a built-in time-series query language called q, which allows unified access to streaming, real-time and historical data. Kdb+ is well-suited for the SEC because of the large volumes of data Read more…

Ryft Open API Library Extends Lightning-Fast Batch and Streaming Analysis to Existing Big Data Environments 

May 21, 2015 |

ROCKVILLE, MD., May 21 — Ryft announced today the availability of the Ryft Open API Library, expanding the company’s Ryft ONE high-performance data analysis capabilities into existing big data environments. Developers can now invoke or extend the Ryft Open API to add hardware-driven acceleration to applications that demand real-time intelligence from all types of batch and streaming data. Now, Ryft combines the flexibility of an open, future-proof 1U platform with the speed, simplicity, scalability and security of a purpose-built analytics accelerator for 100X faster enterprise decision-making Read more…