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Big Data-Powered Authentication Gives Security a Much-Needed Boost

Oct 1, 2014 |

Trillions of dollars are at stake in the ongoing battle against cybercriminals and fraudsters. Whether it’s Russian cybercriminals hacking into retail chains or a kid in New Jersey filing fraudulent claims, stolen credentials and user IDs often play a major role. But now, big data technologies like Hadoop are helping to prevent unauthorized access, both behind the corporate firewall and in public coffers. Technological advances are a two-way street when it comes to crime on the Internet. A gang of Read more…

Big Data Outlier Detection, for Fun and Profit

Sep 30, 2014 |

As we discussed in the first part of this series, how you handle data outliers can determine whether your big data project ends with a bang or flames out in failure. But before you even decide what to do with outliers, you need to be able to detect them. That is easier said than done. Because they can mean different things at different times, outliers can be extremely challenging to deal with in a big data context. On the one Read more…

Hadoop Alternative Is Faster and Lighter, Proponents Say

Sep 29, 2014 |

For all its benefits, Hadoop has its drawbacks. The actual movement of data can be complex, and does not lend itself to efficient execution. Discouraged with Hadoop’s heaviness, an online advertising company developed and released as open source an alternative called Cluster Map Reduce (CMR) that it says is lighter, faster, and simpler to program. CMR was developed by Chitika, an online advertising company based in Massachusetts. Chitika was using the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) as the core of Read more…

Hortonworks Hatches a Roadmap to Improve Apache Spark

Sep 24, 2014 |

Hortonworks today issued a broad and detailed roadmap outlining the investment it would like to see made to Apache Spark, the in-memory processing framework that has become one of Hadoop’s most popular subprojects. The plan focuses on improving how Spark runs with YARN, enabling monitoring and management of Spark, and ensuring that Spark plays nicely with Hive and other Hadoop engines. In the blog piece, titled “An investment in Apache Spark for the Enterprise,” Hortonworks director of product management Vinay Read more…

Don’t Overlook the Operationalization of Big Data, Pivotal Says

Sep 23, 2014 |

You may use Hadoop to suck up all kinds of data, and you may even analyze some of it there. But any insights you glean should not exist in a vacuum. To succeed in this big data world, you must put your insights into use—that is, you must operationalize them–and that sometimes requires a different set of skills and technologies outside of traditional Hadoop. Hadoop may be the poster child for big data, but it’s not the whole story. While Read more…

News In Brief

Fast Data Specialist Tibco Goes Private

Sep 29, 2014 |

Fast data specialist Tibco Software said Sept. 29 it is being acquired by Vista Equity Partners for about $4.3 billion. The deal is reportedly the largest such tech buyout this year. Under terms of the acquisition, Palo Alto-based Tibco said Vista Equity Partners would acquire all outstanding Tibco common stock for $24 per share in cash. Vista also will assume the enterprise software firm’s net debt. The purchase price represents a 26.3 percent premium to the closing price of Tibco Read more…

BI Startup Numerify Raises Another $15M

Sep 24, 2014 |

Cloud business intelligence startup Numerify said Sept. 24 it has raised an additional $15 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Numerify said it has so far raised more than $23 million in two funding rounds. The cloud-based analytics company based in Cupertino, Calif., emerged from stealth mode in April with the launch of a business analytics platform designed to improve IT operations by scanning IT service records and asset data. The startup claims to Read more…

Clustrix Database Targets E-commerce

Sep 23, 2014 |

Just in time for holidays, a scale-out SQL database running in the cloud from startup Clustrix is geared to e-commerce websites characterized by traffic spikes that require databases to scale in order to avoid costly downtime. The San Francisco-based company said Sept. 23 the latest version of its ClustrixDB includes scale-out SQL that allows database servers to be added to an existing cluster and removed later without downtime. The feature targets capacity and throughput spikes on e-commerce sites during peak Read more…

IBM Moves to Make Watson Accessible to the Masses

Sep 17, 2014 |

IBM is promising data crunching for the masses with its Watson Analytics natural-language cognitive service. The big data leader said Sept. 16 the extended release of the cloud-based analytics service promises to broaden access to predictive and visual analytic tools. The free version 1 release will run on desktops as well as mobile device, IBM said. The self-service analytics package includes data refinement and warehousing services that would allow users to move beyond simple spreadsheets to analyze and visualize data. Read more…

Food For Thought: Startup Targets Nutritional Data

Sep 16, 2014 |

A U.K. data startup that has developed a semantic platform targeting nutrition and health applications said it has added more than 500,000 U.S. products to its dataset in hopes of promoting new applications for everything from nutritional information to exercise devices to restaurant menus. London-based Klappo said earlier this month that the expansion of its dataset includes 525,000 U.S. product barcodes containing ingredient information about the nutritional value of U.S. food products. It said about 100,000 cover new food ingredients Read more…

This Just In

MongoDB Selected by MyDealerLot to Power Cloud-Based Applications

Sep 17, 2014 |

Sept. 17 — MyDealerLot (MDL), the country’s leading provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies for the retail automotive market, uses MongoDB to power its cloud-based applications. The retail automotive industry has shifted: instead of making money on the front end of the sale, dealers now get paid varying percentages from the manufacturer based on results of Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores. No longer is it sufficient to simply sell a car; today, financial benefit hinges on the customer experience. Read more…

Tresata Releases TREE 3.3

Jun 5, 2014 |

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 5 — Tresata announced the release of TREE 3.3, its third generation of its most successful software application that has been used by both financial services and retail industry giants to integrate disparate datasets in Hadoop at a segment of one. TREE is the only 100% Hadoop-powered software application that collects, curates and collapses multiple datasets ranging from transactional data, market data, customer service data and social network data and is able to resolve all critical variables to a Read more…

Hadoop Market Expected to Reach 20.9 Billion by 2018

Jan 3, 2014 |

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research “Hadoop Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2012- 2018,” the global Hadoop market was worth USD 1.5 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 20.9 billion in 2018, growing at a CAGR of 54.7% from 2012 to 2018.