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‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Congratulations Hadoop, You Made It–Now Disappear

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop has matured at a rapid rate since it broke into the mainstream several years ago. With billions in venture funding, an eager community of developers, and a thriving ISV community, the open source big data platform seems poised to take a big step into the wider enterprise. But according to Cloudera’s chief strategy officer Mike Olson, Hadoop’s next big move may be to just disappear. Olson predicted Hadoop’s disappearance during a keynote address at last week’s Strata + Hadoop Read more…

A Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Oct 17, 2014 |

Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach to analytics is one way to put big data in context. One of the analytics vendors that’s well-versed in telling data-driven stories is ClearStory Data, which develops a Hadoop-based application that lets users explore big-data feeds, find relevant insights, and share them with others. ClearStory is one of the Read more…

Hadoop ISVs Break Away from MapReduce, Embrace Spark, In-Memory Processing

Oct 16, 2014 |

Big data analytic software vendors who run on Hadoop are increasingly replacing their MapReduce engines with Apache Spark and other in-memory analytic engines as the runtime of choice. Many of these next-gen Hadoop vendors are showcasing their upgraded goods at this week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. One of the Hadoop vendors making the move to Spark is Platfora, which unveiled a new version of its Big Data Analytics offering during the first day of the Strata + Hadoop World Read more…

News In Brief

Intel Capital Invests in GoodData

Oct 2, 2014 |

Intel Capital led the latest funding round for cloud analytics specialist GoodData, raking in an additional $25.7 million, the company said Oct. 2. The Series E funding round continues the sustained uptick in venture capital investment in big data analytics companies. Joining in GoodData’s largest funding round to date were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest and Pharus Capital. GoodData also said Intel Capital Director Igor Taber would join its board of directors. “We are Read more…

Peaxy Launches Scalable Data Manager

Sep 30, 2014 |

Data management specialist Peaxy Inc. (pronounced “peak-see”) is targeting the enormous growth of unstructured data in industrial sectors with its Hyperfiler system designed to harness disparate data through controlled access and a “consistent data path.” San Jose-based Peaxy said this week its data management tool targets engineers and analysts who must search for datasets across geographic locations, platforms and storage devices. The unstructured data is then pieced together to aid, for example, the product lifecycle spanning design and simulation. By Read more…

IBM Moves to Make Watson Accessible to the Masses

Sep 17, 2014 |

IBM is promising data crunching for the masses with its Watson Analytics natural-language cognitive service. The big data leader said Sept. 16 the extended release of the cloud-based analytics service promises to broaden access to predictive and visual analytic tools. The free version 1 release will run on desktops as well as mobile device, IBM said. The self-service analytics package includes data refinement and warehousing services that would allow users to move beyond simple spreadsheets to analyze and visualize data. Read more…

MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

Sep 9, 2014 |

Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop “ingested” more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its in-Hadoop NoSQL database, MapR-DB, was achieved using only four nodes of a ten-node cluster. By accelerating its OpenTSDB software by a factor of 1,000 on a small cluster, MapR claimed the performance clears the way for managing huge amounts of data along with IoT and other Read more…

Survey: Big Data Deployments Reaching ‘Tipping Point’

Sep 8, 2014 |

Most big data deployments are still being evaluated but may be approaching a “tipping point” as they move toward production, according to big data market researcher Wikibon. Wikibon analysts stressed that much of its recent survey data represents the sentiments of early adopters of big data analytics, adding that analytics technologies are still “relatively immature.” Another Wikibon survey last year concluded that nearly half of big data practitioners had yet to realize a return on their data analytics investment. Despite Read more…

This Just In

Kepware Releases Updated Product for Splunk

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, and Kepware Technologies, developer of software solutions for Industrial Automation and Controls, today announced the availability of Kepware’s Industrial Data Forwarder (IDF) for Splunk. The forwarder, a plug-in for the widely deployed KEPServerEX platform, enables customers to send industrial data from sensors, devices and control systems to Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. Splunk users can easily collect, search and analyze industrial data to improve operations, accelerate troubleshooting, perform Read more…

Intel and Mitsubishi Collaborate

Sep 30, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Sept. 30 — Intel Corporation and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced a new collaboration to develop next-generation factory automation (FA) systems with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and a pilot program at Intel’s backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia. The pilot demonstrates the benefits of IoT in a factory setting with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure, by combining Intel’s expertise developing solutions for IoT and Mitsubishi Electric’s “e-F@ctory” automation capabilities. Intel realized Read more…

TEKsystems Launches COE Lab for Big Data for Manufacturing Offering

Sep 29, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 29 — TEKsystems Global Services, the IT services division of TEKsystems, today announced the launch of the Center of Excellence (COE) lab that showcases its Big Data for Manufacturing solution created using Oracle products. This solution leverages the Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, Oracle Manufacturing Analytics, Enterprise Signal Inc.’s EnterpriseSignal Cloud and TEKsystems Global Services. It offers manufacturing organizations a comprehensive solution that provides a 360-degree view of the shop floor and allows organizations to take corrective actions in real Read more…

Pioneer and Treasure Data Partner to Develop Big Data Services for Automotive Industry

Sep 4, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 4 — Japan-based Pioneer and Mountain View, Calif.-based Treasure Data today announced a business alliance to develop services for the global automobile industry, leveraging big data generated by telematics, such as data from vehicle electronics sensors. This continues Pioneer’s emphasis on cloud-based big data solutions and developing more products based on huge volumes of automobile-related data. Treasure Data was selected as its technology partner because of its global experience and unique managed cloud service for collecting, storing and analyzing Read more…

Siemens to Deploy Teradata Technology

Apr 23, 2014 |

Teradata, the leading analytic data platforms, applications and services company announced today that Siemens AG will be able to enhance its manufacturing processes and product quality by deploying Teradata technology. For the first time, Siemens will be able to combine and analyze data from sensors, the manufacturing process, and machine data, along with data from various source systems.