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Connected Assets, Big Data and Better Decision-Making

Jan 25, 2016 |

New power does not come from data itself, but from the evolution of connectivity. First we connected computers, then we connected 2.3 billion people annually and then we connected sensors and machines. There is no doubt that our lives as humans are evolving. New technologies, including everything from our refrigerators and Fitbits to our cars and drones, have a huge impact on our lives. But they also have an even bigger ability to impact our business operations. Ninety percent of Read more…

Is 2016 the Beginning of the End for Big Data?

Jan 5, 2016 |

Part of my job as managing editor of Datanami is to be a hype buster. Over the past five years, the amount of hoopla and hysteria over big data has reached epic proportions at times. That’s why some in the industry are calling for a slowdown in the analytic platitudes, a return to sanity about what big data can really do. Despite my skeptic tendencies, it’s hard not to be optimistic about big data analytics, given its trajectory. If you Read more…

How a ‘Nuisance Variable’ Turned Into Potential Lifesaver

Jan 4, 2016 |

There are many rabbits to chase in the world of biomedical research—way too many for scientists to chase them all down in an orderly and methodical way. But thanks to the power of new big data techniques like topological data analysis, scientists are getting a glimpse of where some of the rabbit holes might lead. In the 1990s, scientists studying traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries embarked upon an ambitious multicenter research animal trial with the hope of finding new Read more…

Industry Speaks: Top 33 Big Data Predictions for 2016

Dec 15, 2015 |

What will happen in big data in 2016? You’d think that would be a cinch to answer, what with all the deep neural net and prescriptive analytic progress being made these days. But in fact the big data predictions from the industry are all over the map. Datanami received dozens of predictions from prominent players in the industry. Here is a culled collection of the most interesting ones. Oracle sees the rise of a new type of user: the Data Read more…

The Algebra of Data Promises a Better Math for Analytics, And More

Dec 14, 2015 |

A company by the name of Algebraix Data is beginning to speak publicly for the first time about the algebra of data, an approach to storing and accessing data that it devised and patented. The company is using its data algebra now to provide big data analytics services to clients, but the uses could be much more far-reaching, including a universal language. When E.F. Codd set out to change how we store and access data in the 1970s, he had Read more…

News In Brief

Startup Enlists AI to Predict Cyber Threats

Feb 3, 2016 |

While major players are increasingly emphasizing human “intelligence-led” approaches to cyber security, artificial intelligence along with advanced analytics continue to make inroads in the “threat intelligence” market. Among the AI startups is Jask, which emerged from stealth mode this week after raising $2 million in seed financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. San Francisco-based Jask said Wednesday (Feb. 3) it is building a “predictive security operations center” designed to help enterprises automate security operations while reacting faster Read more…

Microsoft Offers R Server for Academic Research

Jan 12, 2016 |

Microsoft Corp. said it is making its enterprise big data analytics platform available to academic researchers in a bid to shift those capabilities beyond corporate users. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) said last week its rebranded R Server, formally known as the Revolution R Enterprise platform, would be made available to students and university researchers via its DreamSpark technical education initiative. The program provides researchers with free access to Microsoft software. Microsoft’s R Server is the rebranded version of the platform acquired Read more…

Google Is Using Big Data to Debunk Sickness Mysteries

Jan 6, 2016 |

Google has announced a new project called Verily that will use big data to more quickly identify disease and sickness before it becomes a deadly issue for the affected. Unlike other healthcare options, this project aims to collect information about each individual that chooses to participate in order to provide direct and personalized courses of action. The Verily project was previously part of the Google X (lunar exploration team) sector in addition to the Google Life Sciences department. The company, Read more…

Microsoft Joins SnapLogic Investors

Dec 10, 2015 |

SnapLogic Inc., the purveyor of a platform designed to integrate data and applications, said it has completed a Series E funding round that includes Microsoft. Along with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), SnapLogic said Thursday (Dec. 10) its latest funding round that raised $37.5 million also included new investor Silver Lake Waterman. They joined existing investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. SnapLogic, San Mateo, Calif., said the cash infusion would be used to expand its global operations. Read more…

Sensor Net Startup Looks to Speed Data Delivery

Dec 8, 2015 |

Steady advances in chip technology coupled with ubiquitous wireless connectivity have made it easier to deploy cheap sensors nearly anywhere. However, enterprise-scale sensor systems sweeping up huge data volumes still require relatively complex compute, networking and storage infrastructure. Samsara, a San Francisco-based startup launched earlier this year by the founders of cloud networking leader Meraki (acquired by Cisco Systems in 2012) is attempting to turn the traditional sensor network on its ear with a “software-centric” approach hosted in the cloud. Read more…

This Just In

DDN Joins EnterpriseHPC‘16 as a Diamond Sponsor

Feb 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 5 — The EnterpriseHPC’16 summit, the market-leading, live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale computing in commercial settings, today announced that DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the summit as a Diamond Sponsor. EnterpriseHPC’16, scheduled for March 20-22, 2016, at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California, will once again host executives in commercial organizations who are exploring the benefits and associated challenges of scaling their enterprise computing to meet new production Read more…

Deep Information Sciences Unveils deepSQL Adaptive Database

Feb 4, 2016 |

BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 4 — Deep Information Sciences, the company that reimagined MySQL for the on-demand economy, today announced the deepSQL adaptive database, the only MySQL-compliant database with built-in cloud- and resource-awareness. The standalone, self-tuning solution uses Deep’s machine learning technology, re-imagined data science and dynamic elasticity to deliver blazing performance at extreme concurrency without human intervention. deepSQL allows companies to easily meet real-time customer demands while providing the automated scalability to capitalize on unforeseen business surges. When combined with popular Read more…

ASRock Rack Joins EnterpriseHPC‘16 as a Sponsor

Feb 4, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 4 — The EnterpriseHPC’16 summit, the market-leading live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale computing in commercial settings, today announced that ASRock Rack has joined the summit as a Bronze Sponsor. EnterpriseHPC’16, scheduled for March 20-22, 2016, at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California, will once again host executives in commercial organizations who are exploring the benefits and associated challenges of scaling their enterprise computing to meet new production opportunities available Read more…

IBM Launches Cloud Data and Analytics Marketplace for Developers

Feb 4, 2016 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Feb. 4 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a broad expansion of its Cloud Data Services portfolio with more than 25 services now available on the IBM Cloud. They are designed to help developers build, deploy and manage web and mobile applications and enable data scientists to discover hidden trends using data and analytics in the cloud. The hybrid cloud services can be deployed across multiple cloud providers and are based on open source technologies, open ecosystems that include company and third-party Read more…

Sumo Logic Wins 2015-2016 Cloud Award for Best Analytics Solution

Feb 2, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 2 — Sumo Logic, a leading cloud-native data analytics service, today announced it has been selected as a winner in the 2015-2016 Cloud Awards program for the Best Business Intelligence or Analytics Solution category. Sumo Logic was recognized for simplifying complex data for DevOps and security teams while providing real-time operational, business and customer insights. This recognition further underscores the growing need for continuous intelligence both within applications and supporting infrastructure so software developers and operations teams can keep up with Read more…