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The Dark Web Gets a Little Brighter, Thanks to Big Data

Sep 1, 2015 |

Illegal drugs. Stolen credit card numbers. Hitmen for hire. These are some of things you can find on the Dark Web, a part of the Internet that’s not indexed by traditional search engines and where people browse in complete anonymity. Now a group of security researchers in Maryland is using big data technology to shine a light on some of the Dark Web’s seedier neighborhoods. The public Internet can be a creepy place, but it’s nothing compared to the Dark Read more…

Rethinking Enterprise Search for the Big Data Age

Aug 31, 2015 |

The humble search engine has retained a prominent place in the toolboxes of would-be data explorers. You see Solr and Lucene sitting at the Hadoop table, right alongside SQL and machine learning. But some search experts–including one who helped build Microsoft Bing–says traditional search engines are too long in the tooth for today’s big data challenges. There’s no doubt that Internet search engines, such as Google and Bing, have changed how we retrieve information, says Donald Thompson, the co-founder and CTO Read more…

Cast Your Models Into Data Streams and Take Advantage of the IoT

Aug 28, 2015 |

Using data in real-time used to be a challenge. Lengthy extraction, transformation and loading processes make analyzing data an activity more akin to glancing in a rearview window than reading road signs as you pass. And with excitement building around the Internet of Things many just assume that harnessing sensor technology is an IT budget breaker. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Event stream processing combines high throughput (millions of events per second) and low latency (delays undetectable Read more…

Medical Insight Set to Flow from Semantic Data Lakes

Aug 26, 2015 |

The potential for data analytics to disrupt healthcare delivery is large, and getting larger by the day. But in many cases, the need to hammer data into a structured format creates a barrier to productivity. Now a hospital chain in New York City is hoping to change that by adopting a Hadoop-based semantic data lake. Located in the Bronx, Montefiore Health System is the first hospital to implement a semantic data lake as part of the New York City Clinical Read more…

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…

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Why Gartner Dropped Big Data Off the Hype Curve

Aug 26, 2015 |

When Gartner published its latest “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” last week, there was a notable absence of one broad class of technology in particular: big data. The reasoning behind the move may surprise you. Big data has been a fixture on the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies for several years. In 2013, as big data-mania set in, the technology was near the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” A year later, as the shine started wearing off, big data started slipping Read more…

Spark 1.5 to Incorporate ‘Tungsten’ Upgrades

Aug 25, 2015 |

A preview release of the Apache Spark open source in-memory processing framework incorporates major performance upgrades, according to Databricks Inc., the big data processing company founded by Spark’s creators. Databricks said Aug. 18 is expects to release Apache Spark 1.5 in a “few weeks,” adding the preview release would allow the Spark community to conduct quality assurance testing. Databricks said Spark 1.5 would focus on “under-the-hood changes to improve Spark’s performance, usability and operational stability.” Included in the latest release Read more…

McKinsey: Hype Understates Value of IoT Data

Aug 24, 2015 |

Growing skepticism in reaction to the endless hype about the Internet of Things has spawned yet another IoT forecast that actually embraces the hoopla by concluding that the “hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things.” Not usually given to hyperbole, the staid management consultant McKinsey & Co. attributes that assertion to several key findings centered on leveraging the massive amounts of data expected to be generated by the IoT: “Most of the IoT data collected Read more…

MarkLogic Hones Its Triple Store

Aug 18, 2015 |

There’s a lot of ways companies are trying to store and analyze data today, but one of the most compelling involves graph analytics. MarkLogic, which supports a variant of the graph database known as a semantic triple store, hopes that a recent update puts this type of big data analysis on the map for more customers. MarkLogic develops a so-called multi-modal database that can shapeshift depending on the problem at hand. Its document store and search engine capabilities shined when Read more…

Spectra Taps ‘Shingled’ Drives to Store Big Archives

Aug 17, 2015 |

Spectra Logic today unveiled a new NAS archive appliance built with spinning disks featuring Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. The increased storage density enabled by SMR lets the new Spectra Verde DPE (Digital Preservation Enterprise) appliance store petabytes worth of unstructured data at very low cost. Spectra is one of a number of storage devices manufacturers (including Seagate) using SMR technologies to help it overcome storage density limits of existing disk drives. The heads of traditional disk drives use perpendicular Read more…

This Just In

Altiscale and InnovAccer Partner for Industry-Targeted Big Data Solutions

Aug 11, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 — Altiscale, Inc., the leading provider of Big Data-as-a-Service, and InnovAccer, Inc., a leading provider of data science applications, today announced a strategic partnership to quickly bring targeted, analytical applications to healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and academic research organizations. With the recent explosion in data sources and data volumes, it is generally recognized that only a small fraction of data that’s produced today is actually being analyzed to drive business forward. This challenge is twofold; first, companies need Read more…

Cloudera Joins Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance

Aug 3, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 3 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced it has joined a new healthcare technology alliance formed by Lockheed Martin. This alliance seeks to combine the expertise of leading health IT providers, medical technology companies, and academic institutions to advance public health. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance will collaborate on technology solutions that help improve care in rapidly evolving and growing areas of health technology, such 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…

Sysorex Lands New IT Infrastructure Deal With Health Care Provider

Jul 6, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 6 — Big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex today announced a new IT infrastructure development engagement with a Fortune 500 health care services provider based in California. Sysorex will develop and deploy a new advanced systems architecture that will provide high availability, security and compliance for proprietary health care systems currently under development by the client. The project is worth slightly more than $500,000. This is the second such engagement between the two companies. In Read more…

Peter Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference

Jun 30, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30 – ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference is pleased to announce Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Prof Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine on September 30. In a presentation titled “The Virtual Human: In Silico Methods for Personalised Medicine,” Coveney will talk about the opportunities and challenges involved in developing personalized medical treatment for patients. Currently one of Read more…