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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…

Saving Children’s Lives with Big Genomics Data

Apr 16, 2015 |

It’s estimated than one in 30 children is afflicted by one of 8,000 or so genetic diseases that we have discovered. Thanks to progress in the world of genomic testing—including faster genomic sequencers and better algorithms for making more accurate diagnoses—doctors are making progress in identifying genetic diseases and getting children the treatment they need. While the medical community has been studying genetic diseases for decades, its ability to correctly diagnose genetic diseases and prescribe a suitable course of treatment 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…

Hortonworks Deals to Streamline Hadoop Deployments

Apr 13, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced the acquisition of Sequence IQ, a Hungarian developer of cloud deployment automation tools for Hadoop. Hortonworks, which is hosting its Hadoop Summit Europe in Brussels this week, also shipped a maintenance release of its Hadoop distribution that includes Apache Ambari 2.0 and officially adds Apache Spark to the mix. One of the big challenges customers face when implementing a modern Hadoop cluster is just getting it up and running. It’s not such an issue in small clusters Read more…

This Just In

UConn Health Choses Qumulo Core for HPC Infrastructure

Apr 22, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., April 22 — Qumulo, pioneer of the world’s first data-aware scale-out NAS, today announced that UConn Health has chosen Qumulo Core for high-performance computing infrastructure to support life sciences research. Qumulo also announced its presence at the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo, taking place April 21-23 in Boston. The company is exhibiting and demonstrating its Qumulo Core software at booth number #132. In addition, Peter Godman, co-founder and CEO of Qumulo, will present and chair a track on IT infrastructure in life sciences on Thursday, April 23, Read more…

SAS and Optum to Build Cloud-Based Health Analytics Platform

Apr 20, 2015 |

CARY, N.C., April 20 — The shift from volume to performance-based payment is propelling life sciences companies to seek concrete data and medical evidence — both to understand patient care and to demonstrate the effectiveness, safety and value of drug therapies. To help life sciences clients better manage, analyze and share data, business analytics leader SAS is launching a cloud-based, real-world data analytics platform. The new service features de-identified integrated claims and clinical data about everyday patients receiving health care, including prescriptions and labs 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…

CitiusTech Announces Healthcare Big Data Practice and Launches H-Scale

Apr 2, 2015 |

PRINCETON, N.J., April 2 — CitiusTech Inc., a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions, today announced the launch of its healthcare Big Data practice. With extensive research and development around healthcare Big Data use cases, the practice will be the focal point of CitiusTech’s big data initiatives for its partners and customers, across provider, payer, life sciences and medical technology markets. CitiusTech also announced the launch of H-Scale, portfolio of healthcare accelerators for Hadoop. H-Scale is designed to help healthcare organizations Read more…

Saama and Tableau Team Up

Mar 31, 2015 |

CAMPBELL, Calif., March 31 — Saama Technologies, Inc., the leading pure-play Data and Analytics solution provider, has partnered with Tableau, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, to provide advanced analytics outcomes for insurance, high-tech, CPG, life sciences and healthcare customers. This combined offering will help companies quickly uncover and operationalize strategic data assets, and deploy pre-integrated analytics solutions across their companies. Saama will focus on the team-selling, implementation and deployment of Tableau together with the overall solution build. Read more…