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Wanted: Intelligent Middleware That Simplifies Big Data Analytics

Mar 23, 2015 |

We’ve seen tremendous technological innovation in the data analytics space over the past 10 years. Platforms like Hadoop have emerged and machine learning techniques are going mainstream. But according respected leaders in the big data community, there’s still a sizable gap in the marketplace when it comes to intelligent middleware that can orchestrate and organizes how data flows, not just in Hadoop but the enterprise. Lars George was one of the first technologists to begin working with Hadoop in Europe 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…

Qumulo Comes Out of Stealth with ‘Data-Aware’ Storage

Mar 16, 2015 |

For the past three years, a Seattle company has been working to solve what its founders consider the biggest problem affecting large-scale storage: Actually knowing what data you have and how it’s being used. Today, that company, called Qumulu, emerged from stealth with a product ready to sell. In 2012, Qumulo set out on its mission to solve storage by conducting more than 600 interviews with large-scale storage users—outfits like Hollywood special effects studios, genomic sequencers, and oil and gas Read more…

It’s Time to Think Differently About Mining Big Data

Mar 16, 2015 |

Everywhere we look today, big data is finally beginning to have an impact. Hospitals are using it to analyze patient populations, big pharma is using it to find new and better drugs faster, supply chain managers are squeezing more efficiency and timeliness out of their operations, retailers are connecting with customers in new and influential ways — the list is long and continues to grow daily.  While the headlines for big data are impressive, the use of traditional analytical methods Read more…

How Big Data Is Helping Indian Schoolchildren

Mar 13, 2015 |

We often hear how big data and analytics are helping companies make more money. But big data tech is much more than that, and can also have a positive impact on one of society’s most vulnerable groups: rural schoolchildren. Earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard shared a story about how it’s working with a non-governmental entity (NGO) called the Akshara Foundation to help improve the educational experience of schoolchildren in the Indian state of Karnataka. Akshara’s mission is to ensure that every Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

A Virtual Reality Lens for Big Data Visualization

Mar 9, 2015 |

Visualization tools such as Tableau and QlikView have become indispensable for exploring and identifying trends hidden within data. But now a company called Space-Time Insight is taking big data visualizations to a new level with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Space-Time Insight is a Silicon Valley firm that helps public utilities, logistics companies, oil and gas firms, and federal agencies utilize their field assets–like electric grids, delivery truck fleets, and drilling rigs–in more effective and efficient manners. The company’s motto–“Situation Read more…

Novetta Throws Entity Analytics Hat Into Hadoop Ring

Mar 2, 2015 |

One of the new big data analytic vendors exhibiting at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference was Novetta, a firm that’s well-known in the Washington D.C. area for its cyber analytic offerings. But now the company is widening its reach into the commercial market with a Hadoop-based solution called Novetta Entity Analytics. One of Novetta’s first customers in the big data space was an unnamed government security agency that was having trouble pulling useful information out of an 8-billion Read more…

‘Data and Goliath’ A Portrait of Big Data Abuses

Mar 2, 2015 |

A new book by security expert Bruce Schneier is raising serious questions about the state of privacy in the big data age, and whether giving corporations and government access to the most intimate details of our lives in exchange for convenience and security is a tradeoff we should be making. Since 9/11, Schneier has been an outspoken critic of the government’s sometimes ham-handed approach to security. Take the airport security checkpoints, for example. Is the economic loss from asking everybody Read more…

Snowflake Differentiates Itself in Strata Startup Showcase

Feb 23, 2015 |

Snowflake Computing, a big data warehousing as a service provider, took home top honors at the Startup Showcase event held during last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. The award is a boost to the Silicon Valley company, which aims to be a one-stop shop for analyzing data generated on the cloud. Snowflake emerged from stealth mode in October with $26 million in cash and a vision to create an “elastic data warehouse” that lives in the cloud. The company, Read more…