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Speech-to-Text Puts New Twist on Sentiment Analysis

Sep 3, 2014 |

Mining Facebook and Twitter posts for clues about customer sentiment is one of the most common big data workloads today. Now, thanks to improvements in the accuracy of speech-to-text algorithms and dropping storage costs, big data firms like Clarabridge are helping companies tap into customers’ raw sentiments and emotions, as expressed through recordings of call center conversations. Clarabridge helps big companies like Wal-Mart, United Airlines, and Bank of America better understand their customers. The customer experience management (CEM) vendor runs Read more…

Who IBM’s Server Group Turns To for Machine Data Analytics

Aug 28, 2014 |

IBM’s engineering prowess is second to none, and its Systems and Technology Group builds the computers that run the world’s biggest companies. But when IBM’s STG unit went looking for a way to predict failures by analyzing log data returned by its customers’ servers and storage arrays, it looked externally to a little-known machine data analytics startup from Santa Clara. Glassbeam got its start five years ago, before the Internet of Things (IOT) became the industry’s hottest buzzword and out-hyped Read more…

Microsoft Blends NoSQL with Relational DB in the Cloud

Aug 22, 2014 |

Microsoft yesterday unveiled Azure DocumentDB, a new cloud-hosted databases that adds elements of a relational database, such as SQL-like queries and transactional processing, into a document-oriented NoSQL database. The software giant also added HBase support to its hosted Hadoop solution and revealed a preview of Azure Search. The flexible schemas and distributed scalability of NoSQL databases have garnered them plenty of action lately, particularly when it comes to running large Websites and mobile applications. Document-oriented databases, such as those offered Read more…

Cloud Era Rising for Analytics?

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big organizations have traditionally run analytics on-site, for a number of reasons, including data security concerns. But the rise of flexible cloud deployment models and the rapid pace of product development are helping cloud offerings to chip away at on-site deployments, especially for analyzing data that originates in the cloud. The IT world has not been the same since Amazon Web Services first took to the Net way back in 2006. Suddenly, a business of any size had an easy Read more…

MapR Says Its Hadoop Tweaks Scale to Meet IoT Volumes

Aug 13, 2014 |

Hadoop is naturally positioned as a key architectural platform that organizations will turn to for analyzing Internet of Things (IoT) data. But according to the folks at MapR Technologies, limitations in plain vanilla Apache Hadoop make it unsuitable for big IoT workloads. We’re at the beginning of a huge boom in the IoT. Gartner estimates the Internet will have 25 billion connected devices by 2020, while Cisco pegs the number at 50 billion. Any way you cut it, the amount Read more…

News In Brief

NoSQL Database Vendors Report Growth

Jul 29, 2014 |

NoSQL database vendors continue to rack up the customer wins as companies seek the greater flexibility and performance that NoSQL databases can deliver, particularly when it comes to the high-volume needs in telecommunications, retail, online gaming, and advertising. Couchbase last week announced a flurry of customer wins during the second quarter, which ended June 30, days after the vendor revealed a large $60 million Series E investment. The company says it landed a total of 70 new accounts during the Read more…

Military Insurer USAA Embraces IBM’s Watson

Jul 24, 2014 |

IBM said this week it is expanding commercialization of its Watson cognitive computing technology through a deal with military financial services provider USAA that will result in what IBM said will be Watson’s first commercial application. The partnership calls for USAA to offer an app called “Watson Engagement Advisor” as part of a pilot program to help veterans transition back to civilian life. The app is designed to advise USAA members on their separation from the military based on Watson’s Read more…

Cloudera, Dell, Intel Target ‘Big Data Ecosystem’

Jun 24, 2014 |

Cloudera, Dell and Intel said they plan to launch dedicated Dell In-Memory Appliances for the Cloudera Enterprise as a way to boost real-time analytics performance. The partners said the goal of the engineering partnership is to advance enterprise deployments of Apache Hadoop as well as to integrate hardware and software to help enterprises leverage advanced data analysis. The latter would be enabled through incorporation of real-time data streams into customers’ applications. The partners said the initial effort would be the Read more…

FDA Beefs Up IT Infrastructure for Big Data Push

Jun 23, 2014 |

As the health care market moves quickly – some would say too quickly – to leverage big data technology, a key industry regulator also is moving to beef up its IT infrastructure to handle the huge datasets generated daily by manufacturers, service providers and scientists. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to product recalls and pet food ingredients, expects drug and device trials, for example, to generate an avalanche of research data. Read more…

Report: Dropbox Acquires Stealthy Data Startup

Jun 19, 2014 |

Dropbox, the secure file-sharing specialist, has reportedly acquired a stealthy big data startup, TechCrunch reported earlier in the week. According to the June 16 report, Dropbox has acquired Parastructure, which develops data analysis software based on open source infrastructure. Little else is known about the startup beyond what was posted on its homepage. While neither company confirmed the deal, Parastructure’s web site now redirects to Dropbox. What is known is that the San Francisco-based startup was formed in 2012 by Read more…

This Just In

Seagate and Baidu Sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement

Sep 17, 2014 |

BEIJING, China, Sept. 17 — Seagate Technology, a worldwide leader in storage solutions, today announced it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu, China’s largest web services firm, in the areas of low-cost online storage, archiving and Big Data analysis. Under the agreement, Baidu will give priority to Seagate products when considering components for all Baidu servers and storage facilities. In return Seagate will align with Baidu as a Strategic Customer and give priority to Baidu when providing enterprise storage Read more…

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…

BlueData Joins Hortonworks Technology Partner Program

Sep 17, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 — BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data Private Clouds, today announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner program and successfully completed testing to achieve Hortonworks’ Certification for the BlueData EPIC platform. Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop. BlueData EPIC together with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) empowers IT architects and data scientists to create instant, individualized virtual clusters for each of their Big Data users in minutes — all while keeping the data in its original Read more…

Research and Markets Adds Future of Big Data Analytics Report to Offering

Sep 16, 2014 |

Sept. 16 — Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “The Future of Big Data Analytics – Global Market and Technologies Forecast – 2015-2020″ report to their offering. Big data is data that exceeds the processing capacity of conventional database systems. The data is too big, moves too fast, or exceeds the limits of your database architectures. To gain value from this data, you must choose an alternate way to process it. Many argue that Big Data is all talk and no Read more…

Aspera Unveils Expanded On Demand Transfer Platform for Big Data

Sep 11, 2014 |

Sept. 11 — IBM announced at IBC 2014 that Aspera, an IBM company and creator of technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed, has expanded its unique software platform for moving Big Data and media with new capabilities that allow media enterprises to efficiently transfer, synchronize and stream content of any type, resolution and size across distributed cloud and on premises systems, even at global distances. The evolving digital media ecosystem is undergoing rapid innovation and change with the explosive growth in size and volume of Read more…