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Enforcing Hadoop SLAs in a Big YARN World

Jul 23, 2014 |

The Apache Hadoop community has done a truly amazing job developing a scalable and versatile platform for big data analytic workloads. And with the recent introduction of YARN in Hadoop 2, we’re now able to run multiple analytic engines on our clusters simultaneously. Unfortunately, the prospect for resource contention has also gone up, and that will likely increase demand for service level agreement (SLA) enforcement. YARN made its big introduction just as companies started to move their Hadoop deployments out Read more…

Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

Software-Defined Storage Takes Off As Big Data Gets Bigger

Jul 16, 2014 |

The ongoing explosion of data is forcing users to adapt their storage methodologies beyond traditional file- and block-level storage. Object stores and software-defined storage mechanisms, in particular, are quickly gaining footholds at organizations that need to store massive unstructured data sets. Meanwhile, some vendors are promoting a twist on object stores with new “data-defined” storage techniques. File-level storage works well with traditional structured data, such as what you might find in a commercial accounting system using direct-attached storage devices (i.e. Read more…

Can You Trust Your Algorithms?

Jul 15, 2014 |

Algorithms are critical to how we interact with data. And as the volume and variety of data increases, so does our reliance on algorithms to give us the answers we seek. But how much faith should you put into those algorithms, and how can you be sure they’re not misleading you? They’re not simple questions, but through the use of algorithmic differentiation techniques, data scientists can get more precise answers. Algorithmic differentiation, sometimes called automatic differentiation, is a technique used Read more…

HP Throws Trafodion Hat into OLTP Hadoop Ring

Jul 14, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard last month quietly unveiled Trafodion, an ANSI-compliant relational SQL database that’s now available as an open source product. With two decades of development at HP and the new capability to run on top of HBase, Trafodion could provide a big boost to efforts to run transactional workloads on Hadoop. The database technology behind Trafodion (which is Welsh for “transaction”) has been around for a long time at Hewlett-Packard, but it was dancing perilously close to the waste bin of Read more…

News In Brief

Military Insurer USAA Embraces IBM’s Watson

Jul 24, 2014 |

IBM said this week it is expanding commercialization of its Watson cognitive computing technology through a deal with military financial services provider USAA that will result in what IBM said will be Watson’s first commercial application. The partnership calls for USAA to offer an app called “Watson Engagement Advisor” as part of a pilot program to help veterans transition back to civilian life. The app is designed to advise USAA members on their separation from the military based on Watson’s Read more…

Commerce Department to Hire Data Czar

Jul 23, 2014 |

In an effort to make greater use of government data, the U.S. Commerce Department is hiring its first chief data officer and convening an industry panel to make agency data more accessible. Several agencies within the Commerce Department like the National Weather Service produce and disseminate huge volumes of meteorological data that are used by private enterprises like the Weather Channel and AccuWeather. “The Department of Commerce is working to unleash more of its data to strengthen the nation’s economic Read more…

GraphLabs Wises Up Machine Learning Platform

Jul 16, 2014 |

GraphLabs Inc., a machine learning startup, rolled out a new software platform this week it says will bring expanded machine-learning capabilities to enterprises struggling to find data scientists. The GraphLab Create 1.0 platform is said to automate key aspects of advanced big data analytics so a diverse range of companies can use machine learning to squeeze more business intelligence out of operational and other data. Seattle-based GraphLabs also claims its Create platform is the first to apply advanced machine learning Read more…

Big Data Practitioners Ponder Privacy Issues

Jul 9, 2014 |

A panel of big data executives acknowledged the need for trust, privacy and transparency in the handling of consumer information and called for rules of the road to ensure that privacy concerns do not derail technology innovation driven by big data. The executives addressed the issues during an event, “Big Data and the Policy Behind Big Ideas,” organized by the web site, Politico.com. The event was co-sponsored by the consumer electronics giant Philips. Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America, Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

This Just In

Enlightiks Develops Analytics Platform with Tableau at its Core

Jul 24, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 24 – Enlightiks, a provider of data and predictive analytics products and services to healthcare providers, is using Tableau to help physicians understand and manage data about their patients and practices. To help its customers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare field, Enlightiks developed an analytics platform, with Tableau at its core, that lets physicians and administrators visualize massive amounts of data on patient history and patterns of care. Critically, the platform also helps physicians make accurate predictions on topics such Read more…

DDN Joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Jul 22, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 22 – DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, an alliance working to accelerate world-wide efforts to responsibly share and analyze large amounts of genomic and clinical information with the research and healthcare communities. DDN joins more than 200 of the world’s leading research institutions, healthcare providers, information technology and life science companies, and disease and patient advocacy organizations across more than 40 countries as a key member of the Genomic Data and Security Read more…

Bundamedik to Utilize IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology

Jul 21, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 21 – IBM announced today that Bundamedik Healthcare System, the leading healthcare operator in Indonesia, is using its Big Data and Analytics technology to transform the administration and financial management systems of the first hospital in its network – RSIA Bunda Jakarta. By integrating these data systems, the hospital can now use analytics to assist in decision making for critical financial business processes, such as budgeting, reporting, scorecarding, analysis and forecasting. As a result, Bundamedik is now able to gain a holistic and more accurate Read more…

Hospitals Improving Patient Care with SAS Visual Analytics

Jun 18, 2014 |

CARY, N.C., June 18 – Hospitals across the Netherlands are using SAS Visual Analytics and data visualization to optimize business processes and improve patient care. Seven hospitals across the region, including Gelderse Vallei Hospital, the Sint Maartens Clinic, the BovenIJ Hospital, the Scheper Hospital, the Bethesda Hospital, and the Hospital of the Gelre Foundation selected SAS to access and analyze large data sets to better manage business processes. Based on SAS in-memory processing technology, SAS Visual Analytics is not only ideal for departmental Read more…

SAS Develops Software to Help Researchers Analyze Data in the Cloud

Jun 16, 2014 |

June 16 — Analytics leader SAS has developed software to help clinical researchers instantly query and analyze data in the cloud. With the new offering, biopharmaceutical organizations can improve the efficiency and productivity of clinical research and speed lifesaving therapies and devices to market. SAS Life Science Analytics Framework combines features of SAS Drug Development and SAS Clinical Data Integration to provide a single, integrated analytics foundation for clinical research. The solution delivers three key efficiencies: Provides a repository optimized for data standards Read more…