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Who’s Buying Into Big Data? It’s Not Who You Might Think

Jan 23, 2015 |

In any fast-moving technological field, there’s going to be a fairly wide distribution between those who believe the hype and push its adoption, and those who move forward cautiously. But according to a new report from Teradata, the “perception gap” for big data is quite large and is hurting organization’s ability to take advantage of data analytics. In a new report called “The Virtuous Cycle of Big Data,” Teradata says it’s none other than the chief executives who are wearing Read more…

Outsmarting the Internet of Everything Before It Outsmarts Us

Dec 23, 2014 |

  The “Internet of Everything” is being touted as the largest technology market in history, with over $14 trillion at stake.  It’s expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields with Big Data analysis revealing insights that businesses can harness in countless and exciting new ways.  We hear about smart homes, smart grids, smart cities, smart healthcare, and even smart cows, as farmers are now equipping their herds with sensors that alert them if a cow gets lost or Read more…

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…

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MapR Ponies Up with Free Hadoop Training

Jan 27, 2015 |

Hadoop is hard. There’s just no way around it. Without a set of specific technical skills, the chances of somebody developing or running a Hadoop cluster are not good. A new training program unveiled today by MapR Technologies may help to put a dent in the pent-up demand for Hadoop skills. MapR Technologies‘ Hadoop On-Demand Training is an online program designed to give developers, analysts, and administrators real-world Apache Hadoop skills. The program, which you can read more about at Read more…

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…

This Just In

DataRPM Adds Dr. Awadallah as Investor and Super Advisor

Jan 28, 2015 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 28 — DataRPM, the leading provider of Smart Machine Insights, announces that it has raised additional funding from Dr. Amr Awadallah (Cloudera Cofounder and CTO). Dr. Awadallah joins the venture funds InterWest Partners, CIT CAP Funds, and 20K Industries as investors in DataRPM. Dr. Awadallah will also join DataRPM as a Super Advisor, lending his technical advice and industry expertise to the team. “As the Cofounder and CTO of Cloudera, the leader for enterprise big data systems, Read more…

Typesafe Releases Survey Findings

Jan 27, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 27 — Typesafe, provider of the world’s leading Reactive platform and the company behind Play Framework, Akka, and Scala, today released the findings of a survey of more than 2,100 enterprise developers, data scientists, executives and system architects, analyzing adoption patterns around the Big Data processing engine, Apache Spark. Key findings include: Spark awareness and adoption are seeing hockey-stick-like growth. Google Trends confirms this finding and the survey shows that 71 percent of respondents have at least evaluation or research experience with Read more…

Concurrent Announces 2014 Growth

Jan 27, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 27 — Concurrent, Inc., the leader in data application infrastructure, closed 2014 with tremendous growth and momentum, product innovation and community success in the enterprise. The company continues to pave the road for enterprise big data application infrastructure with rapid adoption of its Cascading platform, along with the introduction of its flagship enterprise solution, Driven. Additional milestones from the past year include $10 million in Series B funding, expansion of its leadership team, new strategic partnerships, and strong industry accolades Read more…

BSC to Host BDEC Workshop

Jan 26, 2015 |

Jan. 26 — The workshop series on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) is premised on the idea that we must begin to systematically map out and account for the ways in which the major issues associated with Big Data intersect with, impinge upon, and potentially change the national (and international) plans that are now being laid for achieving exascale computing. The goal is to help the international community develop a plan for building a partnership to provide the next generation of HPC Read more…

Percona and Tokutek Partner

Jan 26, 2015 |

DURHAM, N.C. and LEXINGTON, Mass., Jan. 26 — Percona, the company that makes MySQL and OpenStack faster and more reliable, today announced a partnership with Tokutek to support the integration of the TokuDB database storage engine with Percona Server. The combination offers a cost-effective, high-performance database, which can deliver excellent read/write performance together with data compression of 5X to 25X versus the standard InnoDB storage engine. Under the terms of the partnership, Percona has released Percona Server 5.6 with support for TokuDB, a drop-in Read more…