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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…

How GE Drives Big Machine Optimization in the IoT

Aug 11, 2014 |

The folks at General Electric Intelligent Platforms get to play with big toys. Whether it’s a 200-foot tall wind turbine, a $10-million jet engine, or a giant industrial rock crusher, the object of their professional attention is easy to see. What’s harder to grasp is how they transform the terabytes of data streaming off the big machines’ sensors in ways that save their owners millions of dollars. The Intelligent Platforms branch of General Electric uses a combination of data science, Read more…

Can Your BI Tool Be the FitBit of the Workplace?

Aug 6, 2014 |

Today we track our fitness, sync our calendars and even monitor our financial activities all from one constant accessory: our mobile device. Consumers are embracing technologies like FitBit and Nike Fuel to give them access to mobile analytics that matter to their specific fitness goals. Much like consumers, business analytics users are increasingly demanding the same type of access to mobile business intelligence (BI) technology that is personalized to their role and their overarching business goals. With a quick glance Read more…

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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

IBM to Add Power Systems Linux Services to Innovation and Client Centers

Aug 22, 2014 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Aug. 22 – At the LinuxCon North America conference today, IBM announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.   Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Read more…

Couchbase and CumuLogic Form Partnership

Aug 20, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 20 – Couchbase, Inc., provider of the most complete NoSQL database, and CumuLogic, the leading innovator in private Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) software, are pleased to announce a partnership to bring developers seamless access to Couchbase Server “as a service” via on-premises, public, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. The new partnership provides the industry’s first production-ready Database-as-a-Service platform that enables developers to dramatically speed time-to-market for mission critical applications powered by Couchbase Server. The CumuLogic DBaaS platform makes Read more…

Beta Release of RapidMiner Cloud Announced

Aug 19, 2014 |

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 19 — Pioneering predictive analytics leader RapidMiner today announced the beta release of RapidMiner Cloud, which allows businesses to deploy analytics in the cloud with the ease of a single button. RapidMiner Cloud easily integrates more than 300 leading cloud data sources including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Salesforce.com, Twitter, and many other cloud applications to power high value predictive insights and actions. RapidMiner World attendees will witness the first public demonstrations of RapidMiner Cloud this week during the user conference in Boston. Read more…

Nexenta Launches NexentaEdge 1.0

Aug 19, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 – Nexenta, the global leader of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions, today announced the launch of NexentaEdge 1.0 – the industry’s first software-only scale out block and object storage solution designed to deliver high performance global inline deduplication on petabyte scale clusters. NexentaEdge is ideally suited for next-generation open source cloud infrastructures and Big Data repositories requiring performance, scale and low total cost of ownership. The solution will be demonstrated for the first time at VMworld US 2014, August 24-28 in San Read more…

DDN Reports Results for First Half of 2014

Aug 19, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 19 – DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced impressive revenue traction for the first six months of 2014, demonstrating a strong trajectory of profitable growth for the company heading into the second half of the year. The company added more than 20 net new petabyte-class customers including one of world’s largest banks, a leader in global oil and gas exploration, and a major Japan-based automobile manufacturing company, increasing the storage capacity sold year-to-date to over 250PBs. In the first Read more…