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Alan El Faye, Tabor Communications Inc. President, Passes Away

Apr 17, 2015 |

The Tabor Communications family lost a dear member and the world lost a true gentleman yesterday when Alan El Faye, our President, passed away having fought cancer vigorously and with the unyieldingly positive attitude only someone like Alan brings to such a struggle. All of Tabor Communications extends deep condolences to Alan’s family and to his wife Jone, their children Kimberly and Sean, and their “adopted” son Matt Altman. I share this news with personal sadness. Alan and I were friends and Read more…

From Spiders to Elephants: The History of Hadoop

Apr 15, 2015 |

Have you ever wonder where this thing called Hadoop came from, or even why it’s here? Marko Bonaci has wondered such things, too. In fact, he wondered about them so much that he decided to write a History of Hadoop chapter for his upcoming book, “Spark in Action.” Bonaci’s History of Hadoop starts humbly enough in 1997, when Doug Cutting sat down to write the first edition of the Lucene search engine. In 2000, Cutting placed Lucene into the open Read more…

The Big Data Behind Shell’s Super-Efficient Car Races

Apr 15, 2015 |

Most Americans are interested in the fuel efficiency of automobiles these days, a byproduct of higher gas prices and the growing acceptance of manmade climate change. But for the students who participated in last weekend’s Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit, getting 100 miles per gallon–or even 1,000 MPG–may not be enough to win. More than 1,000 high school and college students from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala descended upon the Motor City last weekend to put their fuel-efficient creations Read more…

How Startups Are Using Big Data Tech to Disrupt Markets

Mar 17, 2015 |

Big data has made a dramatic impact on companies all over America, but running big data programs is only one side of the puzzle. After collecting the data, companies need to analyze it. A huge part of analysis is creating visuals that explain large amounts of seemingly abstract data in a clear, concise way. It’s no surprise then that many companies are turning to data visualization tools to streamline the transformation of their business data into something more useful. With Read more…

Making Sense of the ODP—Where Does Hadoop Go From Here?

Feb 24, 2015 |

It was no coincidence that Hortonworks and Pivotal unveiled Open Data Platform last week at the start of Strata + Hadoop World, which is Cloudera’s semi-annual parade to everything Hadoop. But now that the dust has settled on that bombshell, let’s look a little closer at the ODP, the organization’s key members, and what it means to the Hadoop stack and ecosystem going forward. To recap: the ODP was unveiled one week ago by Pivotal, Hortonworks, IBM, and 12 other Read more…

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AI Developer Touts ‘Artificial Precognition’

Apr 24, 2015 |

A U.K. analytics startup developing a proprietary application it calls “artificial precognition” said this week it has released the platform for testing. London-based Massive Analytic said its Oscar AP artificial intelligence platform was being made available for beta testing so partners can use the tool to analyze business moves and predict the outcomes of those decisions. Oscar AP, which runs on native Hadoop, is billed as a kind of artificial intelligence “trusted advisor” capable of analyzing a company’s business operations Read more…

Smart Grid Gets Smarter With Analytics Platform

Apr 13, 2015 |

Among the growing set of tools for the emerging smart grid are data analytics platforms designed to provide utilities with a real-time picture of what is happening in the power delivery system. As more renewable energy sources are plugged into the smart grid, analytics is expected to play a larger roll in how utilities integrate these new energy sources to meet daily peak demand. As utilities look for ways to improve grid reliability and their relationship with ratepayers, companies like Read more…

Researchers DO NOT Fool Around with Big Data, IoT, and Mobile

Apr 1, 2015 |

Researchers at Harvard University today unveiled a revolutionary new storage appliance that will be the last big data repository you will ever need. Meanwhile, a California IoT startup showcased how it’s leveraging the power of event-driven analytics to build the instrumented toilet. The FAS Research Computing division of Harvard University today rolled out DevNull, a big data storage device powered by the groundbreaking NoContent Addressable and WriteOnly filesystem (NoCAWA FS). Running at 1 billion I/O write operations per second and Read more…

Neo Tech Cranks Up Speed on Upgraded Neo4j

Mar 25, 2015 |

Graph database specialist Neo Technology has rolled out an updated version of its Neo4j tool that includes faster read and write performance capabilities aimed at critical graph database applications. Neo4j 2.2 released on Wednesday (March 25) comes with souped-up write and read scalability, the company said. Expanded write capacity targets highly concurrent applications while leveraging available hardware via faster buffering of updates. A new unified transaction log is designed to serve both graphs and their indexes. Graph databases are an Read more…

How Madden’s Ratings Czar Rules NFL Analytics

Mar 13, 2015 |

Donny Moore probably knows more about the 2,600 players in the National Football League than anybody. As the so-called Ratings Czar for EA Sports, the company behind the Madden football video game franchise, Moore’s numeric assessment of how well each player runs, passes, catches, and tackles holds an improbable level of sway over the game. While the ratings Moore assigns to each NFL player are used for the purpose of simulating their athletic skills in the Madden video game, it Read more…

This Just In

MemSQL Announces Significant Market Growth

Apr 23, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 23 — MemSQL, the leader in real-time databases for transactions and analytics, today celebrates the company’s significant market growth and technology innovations in real-time, in-memory data analytics. This month also marks the company’s two year anniversary of MemSQL general availability. Since emerging in 2011 as a Y Combinator graduate, and the subsequent launch of the industry’s fastest and most scalable in-memory database two years ago, MemSQL has accelerated adoption of its in-memory database, enabling modern businesses to process Read more…

Neo4j Utilized for Fraud Detection

Apr 23, 2015 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., April 23 — Each and every industry in existence is, or will soon be, under attack by groups of fraudsters. What’s the secret for enterprises to stop these criminals before it’s too late? Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, says using real-time graph queries is the most powerful way to detect a variety of highly-impactful fraud scenarios. From fraud rings and collusive groups, to operations by educated criminals working on their own, graph databases provide Read more…

Research and Markets Adds Big Data in IoT Report to Offering

Apr 23, 2015 |

DUBLIN, Ireland, April 23 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Big Data in Internet of Things (IoT): Key Trends, Opportunities and Market Forecasts 2015 – 2020″ report to their offering. Billions of devices generate data associated with various enterprise and consumer lifestyle events such as shopping activity, utility usage and other smart grid data, advertisement response, status of goods in transport, weather forecasts, traffic conditions, vehicle maintenance, public transport, downloads and usage of applications, and much more. Big Data and Analytics Read more…

MapR Enters 2015 With Over 100% Bookings Growth

Apr 22, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced over 100% bookings increase in the six month period ending March 31, 2015, compared to the preceding six months. The MapR growth is spurred by its unique architectural approach to supporting big and fast data – to collect, store and process vast amounts of info on one cluster for continuous, real-time access. To accelerate the adoption of Hadoop by organizations worldwide, MapR Read more…

Hortonworks Expands Systems Integrator Partner Program

Apr 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 21 — Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced an expansion of the Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program to further accelerate global adoption of the Hortonworks Data Platform. The expanded program includes advanced online training systems for partners and more extensive certification requirements for ensuring an exceptional quality of service delivered to enterprises implementing Hadoop-based solutions. Accenture, the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, is the first global systems integrator to join Hortonworks’ Read more…