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Cast Your Models Into Data Streams and Take Advantage of the IoT

Aug 28, 2015 |

Using data in real-time used to be a challenge. Lengthy extraction, transformation and loading processes make analyzing data an activity more akin to glancing in a rearview window than reading road signs as you pass. And with excitement building around the Internet of Things many just assume that harnessing sensor technology is an IT budget breaker. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Event stream processing combines high throughput (millions of events per second) and low latency (delays undetectable Read more…

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Five Steps to Fix the Data Feedback Loop and Rescue Analysis from ‘Bad’ Data

Aug 17, 2015 |

Despite enterprises’ best intentions in enforcing top-down standardization of data sets, non-compliant data can easily seep in and, through aggregations, transformations, and standardizations, spread throughout the organization. In a typical enterprise, inventory data from multiple regions and divisions across product lines could easily result in dozens of data sources being used for one analysis. It’s easy to imagine any data set with origins this diverse would have problems. Does that new acquisition account for inflation the same way we do? Read more…

Doing Something About the Weather with Big Data

Aug 5, 2015 |

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” You’re probably familiar with that old saw from 19th century Puritan Charles Dudley Warner. As it turns out, some enterprising folks here in the 21st century are finally doing something about the weather—by mixing it with big data. Weather forecasting is, in itself, a big data endeavor. Twice a day, the latest meteorological observations from around the world are loaded into supercomputers and run through sophisticated models that give Read more…

Does InfiniBand Have a Future on Hadoop?

Aug 4, 2015 |

Hadoop was created to run on cheap commodity computers connected by slow Ethernet networks. But as Hadoop clusters get bigger and organizations press the upper limits of performance, they’re finding that specialized gear, such as solid state drives and InfiniBand networks, can pay dividends. InfiniBand was released to the world in 2000 as a faster networking protocol than TCP/IP, the primary protocol used in Ethernet networks. Thanks to its use Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), InfiniBand allows a computer to Read more…

News In Brief

Conference Takes Aim at Data Enrichment Challenges

Aug 21, 2015 |

Data scientists who are interested in learning about the latest data enrichment tools and techniques may want to check out the Rich Data Summit, a one-day conference taking place in San Francisco this fall. It’s the first event dedicated to the topic of data enrichment, according to event host CrowdFlower. Companies across all industries are jumping into data analytics and machine learning with the hope of harnessing big data for a competitive advantage. But before they can become data-driven, companies Read more…

NASCAR Analytics Races To ‘Younger Crowd’

Aug 20, 2015 |

NASCAR is seeking to engage with racing enthusiasts via a new analytics platform that seeks to leverage, among other things, unstructured text data collected directly from NASCAR fans. The motor racing organization began working with partner HP Enterprise Services in 2013 to develop the Fan and Media Engagement Center, or FMEC. The platform is designed to track social media and break down unstructured text data using real-time analytics. The goal is to expand NASCAR’s fan base as current die-hard fans Read more…

Security Survey: Huge Datasets Exposed Online

Aug 18, 2015 |

An estimated 1.1 petabytes of data related to a handful of databases, search engines and other caching technologies is exposed online, a data security startup reports. A key security flaw centers on default settings that lack basic configurations for authentication, encryption, authorization or other security controls. BinaryEdge, a security services startup based on Zurich, Switzerland, said its Internet data exposure survey looked at four representative technologies the company regularly uses: MongoDB; the key-value cache and store technology Redis; Memcached, the Read more…

Huge Radio Telescope Gets New Database

Aug 10, 2015 |

The world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), will be getting a data storage and analytics upgrade thanks to a grant from the organization that operates the telescope and partner (AWS). The Dutch database technology company MonetDB Solutions said Monday (Aug. 10) it would use the grant to develop new storage and analytics techniques for SKA along with partner Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch research institute for mathematics and computer science. MonetDB Solutions is a spin-off Read more…

Bit Stew, Energy Advisor Partner on Industrial IoT

Aug 6, 2015 |

Consulting firm Blackstone Technology Group, which focuses heavily on the energy sector, is partnering with “software-defined operations” specialist Bit Stew Systems in a bid to extend big data capabilities into global energy and other industrial markets. The partners said their collaboration would help promote adoption of Bit Stew’s analytics platform and other big data applications into the utility along with the oil and gas sectors. That in turn would provide a boost to data analytics targeting the industrial Internet of Read more…

This Just In

Metanautix to Demo Quest 2.0 at VMware

Aug 31, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 31 — Metanautix, a big data analytics company focused on simplifying the data supply chain, will demo Quest 2.0 with Software Defined Data Marts at VMware’s booth during VMworld 2015 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. As a VMware Object Store Partner, Metanautix Quest 2.0 enables analysts and business intelligence teams to rapidly and securely build Data Marts on premise or in the cloud using VMware’s virtualized infrastructure. “On VMware’s virtualized infrastructure, Quest 2.0 with Software Defined Data Marts Read more…

TIBCO NOW Tour Coming to Europe in October

Aug 27, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 27 — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, analytics, and event processing, announced the TIBCO NOW Tour (TNT) in Paris and London, bringing the value of TIBCO’s annual US-based event to Europe. During the event, held in Paris on October 13 and London on October 15, TIBCO executives, partners, and customers will come together to discuss how the ability to create business moments is fast becoming a requirement for a memorable customer experience. Attendees at Read more…

Adello Contributes to the Apache Hadoop Project

Aug 27, 2015 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 — Adello contributes to the Apache Hadoop project, an open-source software used for reliable, scalable, distributed computing of large data sets. Adello is among companies like Yahoo!, Facebook and Cloudera who regularly contribute to software development of the various Apache Hadoop projects. Adello leveraged work from the Apache community to shape its infrastructure, in order to build an industry-leading technology platform. Adello’s infrastructure spans across three continents, which not only acquires 10 billion data points per day but Read more…

Terbium Labs Utilizing MapR Distribution

Aug 26, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 26 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that Terbium Labs, a security software company that proactively searches for stolen data on the Dark Web using a patented, privacy-protected, data fingerprinting technique, is using the MapR Distribution as the big data platform for Matchlight, a first-of-its-kind data intelligence system. The data-centric solution closes the breach detection gap and minimizes the damage, loss and risk caused by a data breach, which costs corporations and consumers Read more…

TIBCO to Acquire Mashery

Aug 26, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 26 — TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, analytics, and event processing, today announced it will acquire Mashery, the industry leader in Application Programming Interface (API) management. The transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks. With this acquisition, TIBCO expands its API management solutions to help enterprises transform into digital businesses, integrate more channels for new services and experiences, and empower developers to accelerate innovation. “Mashery powers many of the most effective API Read more…