Sectors » Government

Features

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…

Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

Three Ways Open Data Could Make California Golden

Mar 26, 2015 |

While California is widely regarded as the high-technology hub of the world, the state lacks a cohesive open data policy. Last week, a non-profit think tank in the Golden State released a report detailing why the state government should adopt an open data policy. According to the Milken Institute‘s “Open Data in California,” the state has the potential to unleash powerful economic forces if it follows the lead set by the Federal Government and 10 other states that have implemented Read more…

News In Brief

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…

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…

What Informatica’s Buyout Means to Big Data Integration

Apr 8, 2015 |

Yesterday’s news that Informatica has agreed to be bought out by private equity firms for $5.3 billion has stirred a frenzy of activity in the big data integration community. For those working at data integration startups, the news represented a death knell of sorts for “old style” ETL and the recognition that newer data integration technologies and techniques are here to stay. “Rest in Peace Old ETL” says Darren Cunningham, a former Informatica manager who now heads up product management Read more…

Predictive Analytics Now In Reach Of the Average Enterprise, Forrester Says

Apr 7, 2015 |

The average enterprise is better positioned than ever to take advantage of advanced analytic software, says Forrester Research, which put out its annual power rankings for advanced analytic tool vendors last week. “Good news! Predictive analytics is within easy reach for all enterprises if they choose the right big data predictive analytics solution to meet their needs,” write Forrester analysts in the company’s latest Forrester Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. Predictive analytics is a “business game changer” that Read more…

This Just In

Paxata Parters With Carahsoft

Mar 13, 2015 |

March 13 — Paxata today announced its partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, to bring the award-winning Paxata Adaptive Data Preparation application and platform to government agencies to help them automate, collaborate and dynamically govern the data integration, data quality and enrichment process in a self-service fashion. “Paxata fills a critical technology gap between the industry-leading data management capabilities provided by Cloudera and innovative data visualization functionality pioneered by Tableau,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President, Intelligence and Innovative Read more…

Analytics Hub to “Predict” General Election Outcome

Mar 6, 2015 |

March 6 — BirdSong Analytics (http://www.birdsonganalytics.com/politics/) will provide daily statistics for the key parties on Twitter and Facebook showing who are the winners and losers as the political race heats up. The daily updates will track all major political parties trending their growth (or loss) of followers day by day and highlighting the most popular tweets each day. As the election nears, these tables will help identify which parties are best at engaging on social media. It will show who is Read more…

The White House Names Dr. DJ Patil as the First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Feb 19, 2015 |

Feb. 19 — Today, I am excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist here at the White House in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. President Obama has prioritized bringing top technical talent like DJ into the federal government to harness the power of technology and innovation to help government better serve the American people. Across our great nation, we’ve begun to see an acceleration of the power of data Read more…

NSA Releases New Technology for Open Source Community

Nov 26, 2014 |

Nov. 26 — The National Security Agency announced today the public release of its new technology that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The tool, called “Niagarafiles (Nifi),” could benefit the U.S. private sector in various ways. For example, commercial enterprises could use it to quickly control, manage, and analyze the flow of information from geographically dispersed sites – creating comprehensive situational awareness. The software is “open source,” which means its code Read more…

Unisys Signs OEM and Managed-Cloud Agreements with SAP

Oct 14, 2014 |

DALLAS, Tex., Oct. 14 — Unisys Corporation today announced that it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SAP and plans to provide managed cloud services for the SAP HANA platform. These agreements strengthen Unisys’ capabilities to provide clients with real-time analytics solutions based on SAP software on the Forward! by Unisys enterprise computing platform. The OEM agreement will allow Unisys to deliver software licenses for SAP HANA in bundled data analytics solutions for banking, government, airlines, healthcare, and communications service providers. The Unisys Read more…