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Building a Better (Google) Earth

Dec 16, 2014 |

About 10 years ago, the folks at Google finished indexing the Internet and turned their attention to indexing planet Earth. The resulting product, Google Earth, amazed nearly everybody who used it. But for individuals with geospatial backgrounds, the bubblegum and baling wire holding the product together signaled there had to be a better way. Andrew Rogers was one of the Google engineers who worked on the first iterations of Google Earth. He helped look for efficient ways to add “layers” Read more…

Hadoop Hits the Big Time with Hortonworks IPO

Dec 12, 2014 |

The founders and investors in Hortonworks got an early Christmas present today when the company raised about $100 million in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. As the first Hadoop distributor to go public, Hortonworks’ IPO will shine the spotlight on the fast-growing Hadoop software stack and ecosystem. While Hadoop is a household word for those working in the big data bubble, it’s a foreign concept to people living in the real world. That could change in Read more…

Apache Spark and Java 8: The Big Data Team for 2015

Dec 11, 2014 |

Apache Spark with Java 8 is proving to be the perfect match for Big Data. Spark 1.0 was just released this May, and it’s already surpassed Hadoop in popularity on the Web. Java 8, the latest version, came out in March and is spreading fast: As of October, a survey from Typesafe showed that two-thirds of developers had switched to Java 8 or were planning to switch soon, faster adoption than for earlier versions. Ten years ago, Hadoop set the Read more…

NoSQL Database Scales to New Heights

Dec 10, 2014 |

Distributed NoSQL databases were designed to scale beyond what relational databases can do. That’s nothing new. But when NoSQL database vendor FoundationDB today announced that latest version 3 database was clocked handling almost 15 million random writes per second, it makes you wonder just how much scalability we might need. The first two releases of the FoundationDB database, which is based on a key-value store engine, maxed out at about 400,000 random writes per second, according to FoundationDB co-founder and Read more…

The Land of a Thousand Big Data Lakes

Nov 25, 2014 |

The prospect of storing and processing all of one’s data in an enterprise data lake running on Hadoop is gaining momentum, particularly when it comes to today’s massive unstructured data flows. However, given what we know of technological evolution and human nature itself, the chance of eliminating data silos and centralizing storage and compute is slim this big-data age. Data lakes make a lot of sense conceptually. Instead of allowing silos to perpetuate, an organization pools all of its resources Read more…

News In Brief

Gumshoes, Too, Are Drowning in Data

Dec 5, 2014 |

Private eyes, that is, the gumshoe variety stereotypically clad in trench coats and a fedora, are experiencing their own unique set of problems adapting to the Era of Big Data and what the “private investigation industry” (who know there was one?) considers overly restrictive privacy laws. It’s an example of having a bad time dealing with a good problem: Too much hidden data buried in public records is making it harder to find clues needed to crack a case, collect Read more…

Dairy Industry Asks: Got Big Data?

Oct 31, 2014 |

The bucolic days of the family dairy farm are long gone. Even in places like “America’s Dairyland” (aka, Wisconsin), huge dairy operations that milk thousands of Holstein cows twice a day are an increasingly common site. These days, the dairy industry is all about production. Enter big data technology as “big dairy” becomes the primary supplier of milk, cheese and, at least in the author’s home state, fried cheese curds. Among the big data applications being embraced by corporate farmers Read more…

S. Korea Eyes Big Data to Reduce Car Accidents

Oct 8, 2014 |

Among the many striking features of the bustling city of Seoul, South Korea, are its connectedness, a function of its extensive deployment of broadband networks, and its roaring, non-stop traffic. An electronic sign in the city’s shopping district actually keeps track of the number of Korean auto fatalities. The total seemingly increases by the minute. Hence, the Korean government wants to use spatial, weather and other big data sources to provide drivers with what officials call an accident forecast service Read more…

Twitter Funds MIT ‘Social Machines’ Effort

Oct 3, 2014 |

Machines could become more social thanks to a new Twitter-funded initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s vaunted Media Lab that will seek to develop new technologies to make sense of social chatter ranging from tweets to data streams to digital content. MIT Media Lab announced Oct. 1 the creation of a Laboratory for Social Machines using $10 million in funding from Twitter over the next five years. Twitter said it also would provide the new MIT lab with full Read more…

MongoDB Teams with Weather Channel on Digital Alerts

Oct 1, 2014 |

Somebody is finally trying to do something about the weather. The Weather Channel has begun transitioning its digital platforms, including its mobile apps running on iOS and Android, to MongoDB’s database. The new platform will allow the Weather Channel to serve weather alerts and other real-time information to an estimated 40 million users, the database specialist announced Oct. 1. MongoDB said it would serve as the “data store” for all Weather Channel feeds and user information delivered by its digital Read more…

This Just In

Hortonworks Expands Certified Technology Program

Dec 17, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 17 — Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced an expansion of the Hortonworks Certified Technology Program. There has been tremendous momentum with 100’s of vendors in the certification program. Additionally, since its introduction just six months ago we’ve seen more than 70 technologies become HDP YARN Ready. Building on the success, the program now includes certification for key capabilities of operations, security and governance focused tools and applications supporting the growth of Read more…

Teradata Acquires RainStor

Dec 17, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Dec. 17 – Teradata Corp., the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced that it completed the acquisition of RainStor, a privately held company specializing in online big data archiving on Hadoop. This acquisition strengthens Teradata’s enterprise-grade Hadoop solutions and will enable organizations to add archival data store capabilities for their entire enterprise, including data stored in OLTP, data warehouses, and applications. “The addition of RainStor underscores Teradata’s commitment to support customers as they transform their organizations into data-driven enterprises,” said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Read more…

Plexxi Introduces New Starter Kits

Dec 16, 2014 |

NASHUA, N.H., Dec. 16 — Plexxi, a pioneer of next-generation networking solutions, today announced three product starter kits that will make it easier for companies to adopt software-defined networking in a way that fits their networking environment. Plexxi’s starter kits are designed for distinct uses — agile datacenters, distributed cloud environments and Big Data applications — avoiding the “one-size-fits-all” starter kit approach of some other vendors. “We’re entering a new IT era dominated by data and the application so companies have no choice Read more…

Denodo Platform 5.5 Now Available

Dec 15, 2014 |

Dec. 15 — Denodo Technologies, the leader in Data Virtualization, today announced the immediate availability of Denodo Platform 5.5. The latest version of Denodo’s award winning Data Virtualization solution is an integrated platform that creates, manages and delivers virtualized data services at both project and enterprise levels with speed, agility and high performance. Denodo Platform 5.5 is in direct response to the industry’s need to deal with a number of challenges including more data types, ubiquitous data, bigger data volumes, data and Read more…

Aerospike Enhances In-Memory NoSQL Database

Dec 15, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 15 — Aerospike Inc., the world’s fastest database, today unveiled new features and enhancements to its open-source, flash-optimized, in-memory NoSQL database solidifying the company’s lead in fueling the next generation of real-time, context-driven applications. With the availability of powerful new clients, easier installation and deployment, storage and performance improvements, enterprise security enhancements, Hadoop integration and numerous community contributions, Aerospike continues to meet and exceed developers’ current and future needs. Its unmatched speed, scale and simplicity make it possible Read more…