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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…

News In Brief

Zettaset, Utimaco Target Hadoop, NoSQL security

May 7, 2015 |

Big data security specialist Zettaset is joining forces with security hardware vendor Utimaco to offer an integrated data encryption security module for use with Hadoop and NoSQL. The partners said Zettaset’s Secure Hadoop Encryption client software, which is used to encrypt sensitive data, was combined with Utimaco’s CryptoServer hardware security module, which provides physical protection of master cryptographic keys. The integrated security module targets enterprises deploying a Hadoop cluster or a NoSQL database. It protects encryption keys by isolating them Read more…

Report: Plans Lacking to Fill Data Skills Gap

Apr 29, 2015 |

The soaring demand for data scientists and the resulting pressure on the analytics labor pool is placing a premium on analytics talent as more companies with more data to sift through discover they are trying to hire the same workers. That is among the key findings of yet another study documenting the growing data analytics skills gap. The MIT Sloan Management research report, “The Talent Dividend,” reaches a familiar conclusion: “Analytics talent is driving competitive advantage in data-oriented companies.” The Read more…

Pivotal, Hortonworks Join Forces on Hadoop

Apr 28, 2015 |

Cloud-based big data provider Pivotal Software and Hortonworks announced the addition of a key component of Pivotal’s Big Data Suite to the Hortonworks’ Hadoop platform. The partners said this week customers investing in Hortonworks’ Data Platform could now run version 1.3 of Pivotal’s HAWQ, an advanced SQL-on-Hadoop engine. The deal expands on Pivotal’s previously announced plans to partner with Hortonworks on enterprise data management and analytics. The deal also marks the first time HAWQ features have been released outside of Read more…

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…

This Just In

Qubole Data Service Being Utilized by TubeMogul

May 22, 2015 |

May 22 — Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company founded by the team that developed Facebook’s data infrastructure, today announced that video advertising platform, TubeMogul, is using Qubole Data Service (QDS) for data analytics across the organization. With more than 30 users across TubeMogul’s marketing, business intelligence, machine learning, and engineering teams regularly using Qubole’s big data in the cloud platform, TubeMogul has doubled the amount of data processed in half the time, while reducing costs by 33 percent. “Qubole’s web-based Read more…

Metanautix to Present on Scalable Analytics Across NoSQL, RDBMS, and Hadoop at Couchbase Connect

May 22, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22 — Metanautix, a big data analytics company focused on simplifying the data supply chain, today announced that Jim Adler, Vice President of Products and Marketing at Metanautix, will present on the Big Data Track at Couchbase Connect 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The session, titled “Metanautix Quest and Couchbase: Scalable Analytics Across NoSQL, RDBMS, and Hadoop,” will examine a new approach that makes it easy to quickly read and write big data from Couchbase, RDBMS, Read more…

Final Roster of Speakers Released for EnterpriseHPC’15 Summit

May 8, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 8 — The EnterpriseHPC’15 summit, the market leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale computing in commercial settings, today announced the final line-up of end-user speakers for its summit program aimed at arming senior technology business executives in cross-vertical corporate organizations with core knowledge on advanced-scale and high performance computing for competitive advantages. EnterpriseHPC’15, scheduled for May 11-13, 2015 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in North San Diego, California, will once Read more…

Neo Technology Launches Global Partner Program

May 6, 2015 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 6 — Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, the world’s leading graph database, today launches a new global partner program aimed at system integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of all sizes. The program is designed to boost awareness of graph databases, while building a solid community of expert partners able to meet burgeoning business demands for graph databases. Forrester Research predicts a quarter of enterprises worldwide will be using graph databases in some Read more…

Latest NAG Library Introduced

May 6, 2015 |

May 6 – The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), provider of numerical and HPC services and solutions announces availability of the latest NAG Library including over 80 new mathematical and statistical algorithms. The new functionality included at Mark 25 of the Library brings the number of available functions to over 1,800, all of which are expertly documented and includes extensions in the areas of Change Point Analysis, LARS /  Lasso / Forward Stagewise Regression, Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming, Nearest Correlation Matrix, Unscented Kalman Filter, plus Read more…