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Struggling Under Multiple Databases? Get Used To It

Aug 27, 2015 |

Programmers are a fickle bunch. One day they’re all using Java, and the next day Python is the hot new thing. While developers indelibly will dabble in different languages, we’re now seeing them do similar things with databases, particularly those of a NoSQL bent. The database explosion benefits developers, but it’s a headache for the admins tasked with managing the stuff. Time was, you installed the Oracle database and were happy with it, damn it. Oracle defined what you could Read more…

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Big Data Workloads in the Cloud: One Size Does Not Fit All

Aug 21, 2015 |

There is a bewildering array of big data platforms in the cloud today including multiple flavors of Hadoop and varied technologies from major vendors. The difficulty of selecting the “right cloud platform” is exacerbated by the fact that there are no established guidelines about how to configure the right cloud infrastructure to support a specific use case around a set of technologies and related workloads. There is also a gap in the service levels needed by enterprise clients compared to Read more…

How Better Data Empowers This Medical Billing Company

Aug 13, 2015 |

MediGain is a Texas-based revenue lifecycle management company serving the medical sector. Several years ago, it employed nearly 20 full-time positions to generate monthly reports for its clients. The process was tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone, and the data was nearly stale by the time it reached the clients. Its leadership knew there had to be a better way, and there was. MediGain provides back-office billing for midsize doctor’s groups, such as dermatology and oncology offices, and some small hospital networks. Read more…

Three Tips for Building a Big-Data Back-End for Your Mobile App

Aug 7, 2015 |

With more companies striving to become data-driven, many businesses are developing mobile applications and integrating big data analytics for their products or services. As companies expand, along with their user bases, they must be prepared to handle the massive data influxes those mobile apps are causing. As virtual architecture becomes more widely adopted to manage large datasets of mobile data, companies need to find a solution that will allow them to focus on the valuable insights hidden in these datasets, Read more…

News In Brief

Riak Taps Mesos for ‘Push Button’ NoSQL Scalability

Aug 20, 2015 |

At the MesosCon conference this week, Basho Technologies and Cisco are demonstrating the Riak key-value store database running atop Apache Mesos, the next-gen cluster manager developed by UC Berkeley’s AMPLab. As Basho CEO Adam Wray tells Datanami, it’s all about making data delivery more scalable. Basho develops a multi-modal NoSQL database that includes a key-value store and an object store, along with hooks into other big data tools like Apache Spark, Redis, and Solr—with graph and columnar analytic capabilities possibly Read more…

Google Releases Dataflow, Announces Partners

Aug 12, 2015 |

Google is taking the wraps off its Dataflow hosted cloud service while announcing a batch of partnerships and third-party developers as part of an effort to reduce the operational hurdles associated with traditional data analytics systems. In announcing general availability of Dataflow, its big data pipeline model launched in June 2014, Google revealed four new Dataflow service integrators: Clear Story, Salesforce, SpringML and Tamr. It also announced software development kit (SDK) runners from DataArtisans and Cloudera. The latter announced in Read more…

HP Updates Big Data Strategy

Aug 11, 2015 |

Hewlett-Packard fleshed out its big data strategy this week with the roll out of a new version of its analytics platform at a company event along with an “accelerator” program that would give developers access to APIs on its Haven big data platform at a discounted rate. The new addition to the Haven platform called “Excavator” targets analysis of high-speed streaming data from a variety of sources, including the Internet of Things. It is also designed to improve SQL and Read more…

Huge Radio Telescope Gets New Database

Aug 10, 2015 |

The world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), will be getting a data storage and analytics upgrade thanks to a grant from the organization that operates the telescope and partner (AWS). The Dutch database technology company MonetDB Solutions said Monday (Aug. 10) it would use the grant to develop new storage and analytics techniques for SKA along with partner Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch research institute for mathematics and computer science. MonetDB Solutions is a spin-off Read more…

Health Alliance Looks to Leverage, Secure Patient Data

Aug 3, 2015 |

The health care IT sector is attracting major players as companies chasing lucrative government contracts form partnerships that combine big data technologies to improve public health while harnessing advances in genomic research and securing patient medical information. In the latest example, military contracting giant Lockheed Martin has formed a Healthcare Technology Alliance that would among other things leverage big data analytics while at the same time securing patient medical information. Lockheed Martin has been steadily shifting to new IT markets Read more…

This Just In

Altiscale Unveils Hadoop-Based OLAP-as-a-Service Offering

Aug 19, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19 — Altiscale, the leading provider of Big-Data-as-a-Service, announced today that it is making AtScale’s OLAP-on-Hadoop technology available in the Altiscale Data Cloud. With this combined offering, business customers can experience an enterprise-grade OLAP-on-Hadoop environment in the cloud. For existing Altiscale customers, the AtScale Intelligence Platform is seamlessly integrated and can deploy in minutes. “This OLAP-as-a-Service offering allows customers to focus on getting value out of their data quickly, without the risk and expense of running and maintaining Hadoop themselves, Read more…

MapR Expands Customer Cloud Deployment Options for Hadoop With AWS

Aug 19, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 19 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced the immediate availability of the MapR Distribution product in Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, giving customers another quick and easy way to execute big data projects in the AWS Cloud. The MapR solution in AWS Marketplace provides a seamless path to a cloud platform for continuous, real-time operational Hadoop with fast launch and integrated billing from AWS, enabling customers to pay for only what they Read more…

Seagate to Acquire Dot Hill Systems

Aug 19, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif. and LONGMONT, Colo., Aug. 19 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative software and hardware storage systems, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Seagate will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Dot Hill in an all-cash transaction valued at $9.75 per share, or a total of approximately $694 million on Read more…

Basho and Cisco Collaborate

Aug 19, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 19 — Basho Technologies, the creator and developer of Riak software announced that they, in collaboration with Cisco, have developed a framework enabling the Riak KV NoSQL database to run on Apache Mesos, bringing operational efficiency and high-elasticity to big data services. The integration with Mesos, an open-source resource manager from the Apache Software Foundation, automates the data center infrastructure beneath Riak KV instances. Pairing Mesos with Riak’s own automation and orchestration technology allows enterprise businesses to deploy distributed data Read more…

Predixion Joins Wind River Partner Program to Offer Advanced Analytics for IoT

Aug 18, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO and ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 18 — Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Predixion Software, a developer of cloud-based advanced analytics software, announced a partnership with Wind River to provide customers with the ability to take action at the IoT edge, based on insights provided by Predixion’s advanced analytics. The partnership will enable predictive applications created on the Predixion Insight platform to be deployed and managed on Wind River Helix Device Cloud, Wind River’s cloud-based IoT platform that enables sensors, devices, and machines to Read more…