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Will the Fall of ‘Society’s Genome’ Trigger the Next Dark Age?

Jun 20, 2016 |

Over the past 20 years, we’ve witnessed a remarkable transformation of our society, and digital information is at the very heart of it. But what if we were to suddenly lose all this data that we’ve amassed, or a big chunk of it? It would be, quite simply, devastating to Western civilization, argues the CEO of Spectra Logic in a new book. In the new book, titled “Society’s Genome: Genetic Diversity’s Role in Digital Preservation,” Spectra Logic CEO Nathan Thompson Read more…

The Growing Menace of Data Hoarding

Jun 13, 2016 |

One of the downsides of living and working in a data-rich environment is the desire to squirrel away every last bit and byte for future use. Thanks to cheap storage systems such as Amazon S3 and Hadoop, it’s technically possible to store every piece of data you’ve collected. But going too far down that path can lead to a perilous condition known as data hoarding. While data hoarding may not be as great a threat as physically hoarding real-world items, Read more…

IBM Seeks Data Science Unity with New Spark-Based ‘Experience’

Jun 7, 2016 |

IBM today launched what it’s calling the first enterprise application for data science collaboration. Called the Data Science Experience, the free, cloud-based offering is aimed at enabling data scientists to perform tasks like prepping data and building machine learning models in an open and shared environment. Developed on Apache Spark, IBM likens the Data Science Experience to an integrated development environment (IDE) where data scientists have a place to do their work. Data scientists can work with the software, which Read more…

Unstructured Data Miners Chase Silver with Deep Learning

Jun 3, 2016 |

The traditional approach to mining unstructured data typically involves training machine learning models upon high-quality “gold standard” data that’s been meticulously groomed. But thanks to innovations in deep learning, more insight may be extracted at less cost by training upon larger amounts of raw data, or what’s being called “silver standard” data. This is the approach advocated by indico, a Boston startup that’s looking to make a mark in the burgeoning world of deep learning. The company is leveraging deep Read more…

Big Data and the Cloud: Uncover New Insights Hiding in Your Data

May 30, 2016 |

Modern data science can unlock new innovation in healthcare, bioinformatics, genetic research, and other related fields. New personalized medicine programs, for instance, can identify previously unrecognized disease risk factors by applying analytics to vast amounts of genomic and clinical data. Hospitals can pore through EMR and operational data to pinpoint sources of infection. Public health agencies can use longitudinal population data to more accurately inform policy. These are just a few examples. But all depend on one basic premise: many Read more…

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Gartner: Role of Analytics in Security is Growing

Jun 15, 2016 |

As corporate and, more recently, university IT networks are bombarded with malicious code and other forms of cyber attacks, network managers are being forced to rely more heavily on a range of emerging security technologies to monitor suspicious activity on networks and cloud infrastructure. Among the leading approaches to infrastructure security are tools for securing cloud access along with “endpoint” solutions designed detect and respond to breaches along with signature-based approaches to funding off malware. Increasingly, however, user and behavioral Read more…

Oracle Extends Buying Spree With Opower Deal

May 4, 2016 |

Oracle extended its reach into the industrial and analytics sectors this week with the acquisition of Opower, an energy analytics company and provider of cloud services to utilities in a deal worth about $532 million. Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) said it would pay $10.30 per share in cash for Opower (NYSE: OPWR), which is based in Arlington, Va. The acquisition is expected to close later this year. Oracle said the transaction is subject to some regulatory approvals. Opower’s big data platform Read more…

Qlik Acquires Partner Industrial CodeBox

May 2, 2016 |

As more users shift their analytics operations to cloud platforms, larger analytics vendors are eyeing startups providing them with quick access to emerging capabilities that can help plug gaps in their technology portfolios. The latest example comes from visual analytics vendor Qlik, which announced Monday (May 2) it is acquiring technology partner Industrial CodeBox, developer of a tool used to feed data from cloud sources such a social media into their analytics applications. Orlando-based Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) also said the Read more…

Healthcare IT, Big Data Investments Surge in Q1

Apr 20, 2016 |

Venture capitalists poured more than $1 billion into the healthcare IT sector during the first quarter of 2016 as investors look to target data analytics and telemedicine for growth. The first three months also saw several large big data acquisitions as key players like IBM’s Watson Health unit continued their buying sprees. Market researcher Mercom Capital Group reported that venture funding for healthcare IT and “digital health” soared 27 percent over the previous quarter during the first three months of Read more…

Machine-Learning Platform Certified For Cloudera

Mar 24, 2016 |

In the run up to next week’s Hadoop confab in Silicon Valley, vendors are releasing a flock of automation and other tools aimed at beefing up the mainstream data processing framework. Among them is an attempt to incorporate data science with a leading Hadoop distribution via a machine-learning approach. Boston-based data science automation specialist DataRobot said this week its machine-learning platform designed to fill the data science skills gap has been certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5. The Cloudera platform is Read more…

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BlueData Introduces Big-Data-as-a-Service Offering for On-Premises and Cloud Deployments

Jun 22, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 22 — BlueData, provider of the leading Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform, today announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. The BlueData EPIC enterprise edition is now in directed availability for AWS: http://www.bluedata.com/AWS. General availability for AWS — as well as availability for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other public cloud services — will be released in the coming months. Customers will have the same BlueData user experience, Read more…

Bigstep Launches Bare-Metal Cloud for Big Data in the U.S.

Jun 21, 2016 |

CHICAGO, Ill., June 21 — Bigstep, the only provider of a full-stack bare-metal cloud built for big data, today announced its launch in the U.S. From its new Chicago-based data center and U.S. headquarters, Bigstep provides companies with the security and performance of a private bare-metal infrastructure, the self-service and on-demand scalability of the public cloud, and the versatility and convenience of an integrated stack of big data applications. “Big data has the power to transform business and society, but the Read more…

Databricks Secures Strategic Investment From In-Q-Tel to Deliver Cloud-Based Apache Spark Platform

Jun 21, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 21 — Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, today announced a strategic partnership agreement with and investment from In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT). IQT is the investment organization that identifies innovative technologies to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Through this strategic partnership, Databricks will extend Apache Spark’s position as the leading processing engine built for speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics by delivering a cloud-based Spark platform that supports the operational requirements of the U.S. Read more…

Databricks Launches Just-in-Time Apache Spark Platform on AWS GovCloud

Jun 20, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 20 — Databricks, the company founded by the team that created Apache Spark, today announced that its just-in-time platform is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US), an isolated AWS region designed to host sensitive data and regulated workloads in the cloud. AWS GovCloud (US) helps U.S. Government agencies and customers migrate sensitive data in the cloud by addressing their specific regulatory and strict compliance requirements, such as the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations Read more…

ORTEC Launches Big Data Portal on Microsoft Azure Cloud

Jun 15, 2016 |

ATLANTA, Ga., June 15 — ORTEC Consulting, a leading specialist in Analytics, has announced the official launch of their Big Data Portal, a cutting edge portal for Analytics as a Service. The portal combines data storage, processing, analysis and advanced visualization in a user-friendly interface. It runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud, so companies of all sizes can enjoy the benefits of highly reliable and scalable computing. Several businesses and academic institutions are already using ORTEC’s Big Data Portal to implement new Read more…