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Apache Drill Poised to Crack Tough Data Challenges

May 19, 2015 |

It’s been three years in the making, and today the Apache Drill project announced that version 1 of the eponymous tool is ready for business. MapR Technologies, which develops Hadoop and NoSQL database software, wasted no time adding it to its software stack, and declaring war on fixed schemas everywhere. Apache Drill is revolutionary in the way it allows users to explore, visualize, and query large and diverse data sets, particularly semi-structured data generated on the Web and via machines. Read more…

How Machine Learning Is Eating the Software World

May 18, 2015 |

Marc Andreessen famously said in 2011 that software was eating the world. Four years later, that trend has accelerated, only now it appears that machine learning technology is on the cusp of eating software, and that algorithms will take over the world, with a little help from their friends: the APIs. Not that this is a bad thing, at least not as Elon Musk envisions, with AI-powered overlords enslaving the human race (a separate story for another day). But if Read more…

NoSQL Battle Heats Up As MarkLogic Hauls In $102M

May 12, 2015 |

Just a year ago, MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom couldn’t get any respect in the Wild West shootout that is the NoSQL database market. But today, with $102 million in new financing and a valuation north of $1 billion for MarkLogic, Bloom has a little swagger to his step as he takes aim at his direct competitors Datastax, Couchbase, and MongoDB. The NoSQL database market has seen its share trash talking over five years as a motley crew of commercial open Read more…

Wanted: A Plug-In Architecture for Hadoop Development

May 6, 2015 |

Hadoop is hard. There’s just no way around that. Setting up and running a cluster is hard, and so is developing applications that make sense of, and create value from, big data. What Hadoop really needs now, says former Facebook engineer Jonathan Gray, is a plug-in architecture that hides technical complexity from developers. Silicon Valley is full of big data veterans like Gray who know their way around Hadoop and the myriad of projects and engines that make up the Read more…

Peering Into Computing’s Exascale Future with the IEEE

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Thomas Conte, the Georgia Tech Read more…

News In Brief

Pentaho Eyes Spark to Overcome MapReduce Limitations

May 12, 2015 |

Pentaho today announced it’s supporting Apache Spark with its suite of data analytic tools. While supporting Spark gives Pentaho performance advantages over MapReduce when executing data transformations and running queries within Hadoop, the software company is approaching the in-memory framework for other use cases with a wary eye. Apache Spark will be a supported engine with the next release of Pentaho‘s analytical platform, which is due in mid to late June. Pentaho is eyeing two main use cases with this Read more…

Google Launches Bigtable Hosting Service

May 7, 2015 |

Google yesterday announced the beta launch of Google Cloud Bigtable, a hosted version of its wide-column NoSQL database. The service is accessible via the standard HBase API–making it instantly integrated with the Hadoop stack–and blows away other hosted NoSQL offerings in terms of latency and throughput, the company claims. You might know Bigtable as the database at the heart of many Google offerings, including Gmail, Google Search, YouTube, Google Earth, and Google Analytics. But the technology, which Google engineers Jeff Read more…

Who’s ‘Cool’ In Storage Now?

May 1, 2015 |

Storage hardware may not get the glory in our software-dominated world, but it’s a critical element of a big data environment nonetheless. So when Gartner trotted out its “Cool Vendors” in storage last month, Datanami had to take a look. Five storage vendors made the cut in the analyst firm’s report, including  DataGravity, Infinidat, Infinio, Maxta, and Storiant. We’ll take a look at each of these vendors, as well as why Gartner thinks they’re so “cool.” DataGravity — This Nashua, Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

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…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

Clarabridge Acquires Engagor

May 21, 2015 |

RESTON, VA., May 21 — Clarabridge, Inc., the leading provider of Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions for the world’s top brands, today announced the acquisition of Engagor, the most comprehensive platform for real-time social customer service and engagement. The combined offering provides a complete, end-to-end technology solution for marketers, customer care organizations and operations teams to create more profitable customer relationships. Founded by Folke Lemaitre in 2011, Belgium-based Engagor offers a robust social listening and engagement platform for marketers and customer Read more…

Zettaset Boosts Big Data Protection for IBM Power Systems servers with Enterprise-Class Encryption for Hadoop and NoSQL Databases

May 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 20, – Zettaset, a leader in Big Data security, today announced it has successfully completed integration of Zettaset’s Big Data Encryption software solution, BDEncrypt™, with IBM’s Power Systems scale-out servers running Linux. IBM POWER8 customers seeking an encryption solution which is optimized for Big Data environments and distributed computing architectures including Hadoop and NoSQL can now utilize Zettaset BDEncrypt.  BDEncrypt with IBM Power Systems is designed to deliver a high level of compute performance and solution Read more…

MemSQL Launches Community Edition: World’s Fastest In-Memory Database Now Available to All

May 20, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 20  – MemSQL, the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today announced the most significant release of MemSQL to date. MemSQL 4 – which includes a new Community Edition – empowers interconnected enterprises to aggregate and report on real-time data, accelerating the growth trajectories of their digital businesses. This release brings to market groundbreaking capabilities such as the industry’s first real-time, distributed geospatial intelligence and the MemSQL Spark Connector to operationalize Apache Spark. Read more…

Welltok Acquires Leading Healthcare Analytics Company Predilytics

May 19, 2015 |

May 19 — Welltok today announced the acquisition of leading healthcare predictive analytics company, Predilytics. The acquisition adds another powerful layer of consumer intelligence and analytical capabilities to Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, providing even more personalized guidance for consumers and delivering more value and insights to health plans, at-risk providers and other population health managers. Predilytics uses machine learning and propriety technologies to more accurately segment consumers based on risk, receptivity and impactabilty, which ultimately provides more actionable insights. Leveraging these Read more…