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Corralling VM Complexity with Machine Learning

Jul 14, 2015 |

The widespread use of virtual machines (VMs) makes tracing performance problems in today’s enterprise applications a daunting task. Traditional tools designed to track slowdowns on physical hardware are no match for today’s fast-changing VM infrastructure. Now a software company called SIOS Technology is using machine learning algorithms and predictive techniques to cut through the VM complexity and give harried admins a jumpstart to resolving performance issues. The huge popularity of hypervisors like VMWare‘s ESX Server and Citrix‘s XenServer have had Read more…

Inside WebTrends’ Big Data Analytics Pipeline

Jul 1, 2015 |

WebTrends has been collecting and analyzing Web data on behalf of its customers since it was founded way back in 1993. Considering the exponenetial growth of the Net since then, it’s not a stretch to say WebTrends was doing big data before big data was a “thing.” But following the recent creation of a data analytics pipeline built with technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka, the company is taking its big data analytic services to a whole new level. WebTrends Read more…

One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

How Apache Spark Is Helping IT Asset Management

Jun 24, 2015 |

There’s been a lot of energy focused on how big data technology can improve the sales, marketing, service, and support departments of corporations. Tools like Hadoop, Spark, and NoSQL databases are changing the rules for how work gets done, and it’s very exciting. But big data tech is slowly creeping into the IT department itself, which might need it most of all. While the typical IT department may be familiar with big data concepts and technologies, they’re typically working with Read more…

Ex-Googler Now Helping Cloudera Build Hadoop

Jun 17, 2015 |

Cloudera scored a coup recently when it nabbed former Google executive Daniel Sturman to head up its engineering department. In an interview with Datanami, Sturman explains how he intends to use his experience designing distributed systems at the Internet giant to help evolve Hadoop. Sturman was intimately involved in designing and running the software infrastructure that Google uses to run its massive online business. As vice president of engineering at Google, he led the teams responsible for the Google Compute Read more…

News In Brief

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

Cloudera Expands Spark Support

Jul 20, 2015 |

Data management specialist Cloudera is targeting “data at scale” with the rollout of an open source project dubbed Ibis designed to make Hadoop more accessible to data scientists. Along with its Ibis initiative that leverages the Python language, Cloudera said Monday (July 20) its big data push includes support for Apache Spark MLlib, the machine-learning library, in its upcoming release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.5. A Hadoop applications conference is also planned for October. Cloudera, Palo Alto, Calif., said Ibis would Read more…

Zeta to Fund Big Data Buying Spree with $125M Round

Jul 15, 2015 |

Software companies with promising machine learning technologies will be on the radar of Zeta Interactive following the firm’s $125 million funding round. The company, which delivers analytics services primarily to marketers, is on the hunt for promising startups to help it grow. Zeta CEO David Steinberg told Bloomberg that the company is especially interested in acquiring analytics and machine learning technologies with the nine-digit round of funding, which was led by the credit unit of Blackstone Group. “What we found Read more…

Univa Gives ‘Pause’ to Big Data Apps

Jul 14, 2015 |

Scheduling workloads on today’s big analytic clusters can be a big challenge. Your team may have carefully everything lined up, only to have a last-minute change leave your schedule in shambles. One company that’s close to a solution is Univa, which today announced the addition of its “preemption” feature that allows admins to momentarily “pause” workloads so they can run a higher priority application. Historically, admins were loathe to stop HPC or big data jobs before they ended, because it could Read more…

Elon Musk Donates $7M to Harness AI

Jul 6, 2015 |

Artificial intelligence is emerging as an indispensable tool for big data analytics. Still, some high-profile critics worry about “unintended, even potentially disastrous, consequences” should AI manage to get out of control. Hence, entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project have donated about $7 million to fund a grant program aimed at “keeping AI robust and beneficial” while ensuring the technology “does what we want.” Musk pledged $10 million for AI research after the Future of Life Institute called for Read more…

This Just In

Edward Snowden Joins Keynote Line-Up at IP EXPO Europe

Jul 27, 2015 |

July 27 — Renowned former NSA employee Edward Snowden will deliver a keynote speech this year at Europe’s number one IT event, IP EXPO Europe 2015, taking place at London’s ExCel. Joining the event live via satellite on Wednesday 7th October, Snowden will share his views on the implications of national cyber security today. Famous for his ‘whistleblowing’ against NSA in 2013 which has since fuelled thousands of debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy and national security, Snowden will be Read more…

Linux Foundation Membership Grows

Jul 21, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 21 — The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that CloudLinux, MariaDB, and Solace Systems will be joining the organization. Linux dominates most of today’s IT infrastructure, from cloud computing to mobile and embedded development, web-scale computing and more. New Linux Foundation members, working together with numerous individuals, are critical to advancing Linux and open source software to support this massive, global technology foundation. These new Read more…

Dimension Data Releases Summary of Analytics for First 11 Stages of Tour De France

Jul 17, 2015 |

PARIS, France, July 17 — Dimension Data, the global IT organisation processing and analysing the data coming from trackers on the saddles of riders in the Tour de France, has released a summary of statistics on the first 11 stages of this year’s race. Some key highlights of the big data analytics include: The highest speed in the first 11 stages was 109.08 km/h by Lars Boom (AST) during stage 3 at the 144 km mark. This was followed by 93.38 Read more…

Research and Markets Releases New Analytics as a Service Market Report

Jul 16, 2015 |

July 16 — Analytics-as-a-Service (AaaS) has become important for businesses to remain competitive in the global market when it comes to getting analytics cloud driven. The analytics-as-a-service market has been segmented by solution, service, deployment model, end-user organization size, and industry vertical within the global market AaaS solutions and services providers play a vital role in assisting various organizations in quickly reacting to the changing business needs by eliminating the need for managing in-house analytics infrastructure and providing them insights Read more…

Redis Creator, Salvatore Sanfilippo, Joins Redis Labs

Jul 15, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 15 — Redis Labs announced today that the creator of open source Redis, Salvatore Sanfilippo (Antirez), is joining the company as Lead, Open Source Redis Development. In this capacity, Salvatore will continue to lead the development of the enormously popular open source in-memory NoSQL database, a role he performed previously at Pivotal Inc. and VMware. Founded in 2011, Redis Labs, has seen tremendous growth with 5,000+ paying customers and 31,000 additional customers using its free offering, Read more…