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The Real-Time Rise of Apache Kafka

Apr 6, 2016 |

Shiny new objects are easy to find in the big data space. So when the industry’s attention shifted towards processing streams of data in real time–as opposed to batch-style processing that was popular with first-generation Hadoop–we saw dozens of promising new technologies pop up seemingly overnight. One of them was Apache Kafka. The interesting thing is that Kafka wasn’t actually new. Jay Kreps started writing the software, which serves as a messaging layer for moving data, when he worked at Read more…

Reporter’s Notebook: 6 Key Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World

Apr 5, 2016 |

The big data ecosystem was on full display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose. At the ripe old age of 10, Hadoop is still the driving force, but newer frameworks like Spark and Kafka are gaining steam. Here are some of the top trends your Datanami editor pulled from the show based on observations and discussions with attendees and vendors. Let’s start with the biggest news from Strata, which was the rise of Kafka and Read more…

How Big and Fast Data Can Transform the Oil and Gas Industry

Apr 4, 2016 |

The oil industry has generally lagged behind other industries when it comes to new technology. For example, most other blue chip industries have gone paperless for most things. The obvious benefit of going paperless is a faster and more efficient movement of information across the organization. With as many processes in place internally, not to mention the vast amount of data being exchanged from one oil operator and supplier’s firewall to another, they seem like perfect candidates for going paperless, Read more…

Cutting On Random Digital Mutations and Peak Hadoop

Apr 1, 2016 |

In a wide-ranging Strata + Hadoop World talk on Wednesday that reminds us why we like Doug Cutting so much, the father of Hadoop riffed on the evolution of big data tech, the power of open source, the promise of Flink, and the possibility of “peak Hadoop” at the ripe old age of 10. “It’s easy to say it’s all hype,” the Cloudera chief architect and Apache Hadoop co-founder said during a presentation on the next 10 years of Hadoop Read more…

Elastic Gives Search Engine a Graph Option

Mar 30, 2016 |

Elastic today announced that it’s added a graph query engine to Elasticsearch engine users now have the option of using their search indexes as the basis for conducting graph analyses. The new option will make it relatively easy for customers to conduct big data analysis for use cases such as fraud detection and product recommendations. For some time, Elastic has been adding elements to the search engine that collects various statistics about the content that customers are storing and indexing Read more…

News In Brief

Database Surge Led by Analytics Apps, Survey Finds

Apr 5, 2016 |

Growing demand for distributed applications and the corresponding adoption of scale-out and cloud databases is expected to fuel growth of Cassandra and other next-generation distributed databases, according to a new survey that also warns that a lack of data backup technologies could hinder deployments. The technology survey released by database backup and recovery vendor Datos IO found that more organizations expect to deploy real-time, high-volume distributed applications on next-generation databases over the next several years. These production deployments focusing primarily Read more…

Spark Leads Big Data Boom, Researcher Says

Mar 31, 2016 |

The global big data market is poised to explode over the next decade, according to a new forecast, topping an estimated $92 billion by 2026 as new streaming analytics technologies emerge. Market researcher Wikibon said this week it expects the global demand for big data services to grow at a hefty 14.5 percent annual rate over the next decade. It currently pegs the worldwide big data market at about $18.2 billion. In a forecast released at this week’s Strata+Hadoop World Read more…

MemSQL Pushes HTAP Ball Forward

Mar 30, 2016 |

MemSQL used the second full day of the Strata + Hadoop World conference to launch a new version of its distributed SQL database that pushes forward its hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP) strategy, which is gaining steam across the industry as a blended form of computing. MemSQL is part of a new class of in-memory, horizontally scalable, relational databases that are gaining momentum for the capability to ingest and analyze large amounts of data in near real time. The database, which Read more…

Survey: Operational Analytics Gaining Traction

Mar 29, 2016 |

Early adopters of analytics are looking inward as they gradually shift the focus of their organizational efforts away from uses like gauging customer preferences to internal operations. A report released by Paris-based business consultant Capgemini (EPA: CAP) underscores the growing shift towards operations analytics as more companies recalibrate their data efforts to back-office processes. The study released last week by Capgemini Consulting’s Digital Transformation Institute found that 70 percent of company’s surveyed have shifted the priority of their analytics effort Read more…

Deploying Hadoop on User Namespace Containers

Mar 29, 2016 |

Hadoop is increasingly moving to the cloud, with the Gartner group reporting that over 50% of companies are considering a cloud only or hybrid cloud solution for Big Data. Altiscale has been offering a high-performance, secure, multi-tenant cloud solution since 2014, with its multitenancy and performance capabilities driven by the use of namespaced Docker containers. In my Thursday session, titled “Deploying Hadoop on user namespace containers,” I will explain my years of work in making Hadoop run effectively in the Read more…

This Just In

Research and Markets Adds New Big Data Report to Offering

Jan 28, 2016 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 28 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Big Data in Leading Industry Verticals: Retail, Insurance, Healthcare, Government, and Manufacturing 2015 – 2020” report to their offering. There are certain sectors that are early adopters of Big Data and Analytics and expect to be big beneficiaries of advancing solutions. This comprehensive research offering includes detailed analysis, insights, and forecast for 2015 – 2020 for the following industries: Retail Insurance Healthcare Government Manufacturing This research evaluates unique problems in each industry, Read more…

Leverage Big Data Announces Formation of Advisory Board & Driving Themes for 2016 Summit

Jan 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 5 — The Leverage Big Data ’16 summit, the market-leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the infrastructure challenges that organizations face as they navigate the build-out of Big Data systems, today announced the formation of an advisory board for its summit program aimed at equipping technology leaders who are scaling their infrastructures for big data workflows with the knowledge and experiences of peers and solution providers who are actively engaged in addressing these challenges. Leverage Big Read more…

NEXCOM Works With IBM to Harness Big Data in Industrial IoT Applications

Aug 25, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 25 — NEXCOM has collaborated with IBM to help manufacturers delve into big data using analytic applications in the cloud. Sweeping the industrial and manufacturing sector, big data is catalyzing the convergence of operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). In response to the momentous wave of digital transformation, the collaboration between NEXCOM and IBM is aimed to facilitate the use of big data harnessed from industrial IoT to allow for more data-driven decision-making. The industrial and manufacturing sector Read more…

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…

Austrian Manufacturing Giant Selects Qlik to Gain Better Insights into Sales Data

Aug 10, 2015 |

RADNOR, Pa., Aug. 10 — Qlik, a leader in visual analytics, today announced that Eternit-Werke Ludwig Hatschek AG, a leading Austrian manufacturer of roof and façade coverings, has selected QlikView to drive increased visibility into its sales performance and supply chain data with help from Qlik Elite Solution Partner, Data GmbH. QlikView provides a visually appealing, user-friendly business intelligence (BI) solution that gives Eternit the transparency, consistency, and effective information they need across their various management levels and divisions. The QlikView solution complements their Read more…