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How Spark Helps ClearStory Achieve Data Harmony

Jul 28, 2014 |

When the folks at ClearStory Data set out to build a big data harmonization tool that could automatically converge diverse data streams into a single coherent view for analysis, they figured they’d have to develop much of the underlying technology themselves. Then they heard of the Apache Spark project at Cal Berkeley’s AMPlab, and the rest, as they say, is history. ClearStory Data was founded several years ago by two high-tech veterans, Sharmila Mulligan and Vaibhav Nivargi, with the idea Read more…

Slicing and Dicing Music Data for Fun and Profit

Jul 21, 2014 |

The advent of big data analytics promises to have a profound impact on many aspects of human life, including how we work and play. Big data is even influencing the arts, where the field of music data science is rearranging our relationship with music. We’re in the midst of a boom in music data science that can be traced back to 1999, when two important events occurred. First, Shawn Fanning unleashed Napster to the world, thereby giving people the power Read more…

Software-Defined Storage Takes Off As Big Data Gets Bigger

Jul 16, 2014 |

The ongoing explosion of data is forcing users to adapt their storage methodologies beyond traditional file- and block-level storage. Object stores and software-defined storage mechanisms, in particular, are quickly gaining footholds at organizations that need to store massive unstructured data sets. Meanwhile, some vendors are promoting a twist on object stores with new “data-defined” storage techniques. File-level storage works well with traditional structured data, such as what you might find in a commercial accounting system using direct-attached storage devices (i.e. Read more…

Three Reasons to be Scared of the Internet of Things

Jul 10, 2014 |

We know the Internet of Things forecasts: 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Apparently, there’s huge money to be made from fridges reordering groceries, wearables speaking to doctors, and home systems chatting with cars. Most technologists, investors, and consumers are floating in a Fata Morgana dream, peppered with cool applications, automated living and saving the Earth in real time. All very inspiring; but how do we make it happen and, most importantly, what are the side effects? Theoretically, things are Read more…

Three Ways Big Data is Impacting Financial Services

Jul 9, 2014 |

Companies across industries rely on complicated processes to generate the data they need to drive business. But all too often, these processes are slow and are limited by storage capacity.  Today, many companies in the financial services industry are tapping into the power of big data analytics to help them overcome these challenges. Big data is helping companies in the financial services industry in a variety of ways. For starters, it gives them more space for gathering and storing data. 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

MapR to Receive Big Data Competency Status by AWS

Jul 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 29 – MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that it is one of the first to receive Big Data Competency status from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now part of the new AWS Partner Network (APN) Competency Program, AWS has named MapR as a Big Data Competency Partner based on customer success, technical proficiency and software validation.“As the first Hadoop distribution company in the APN Competency Program, we’re excited to be recognized Read more…

InfiniDB Offering New Accelerator Program

Jul 23, 2014 |

FRISCO, Tex., July 23 – InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today unveiled the InfiniDB Accelerator Program that is geared to help organizations fast track an enterprise deployment of InfiniDB. The program gets highly skilled InfiniDB Solution Architects involved early in the process to help assess the customer’s technical problems to be solved, determine how InfiniDB can best provide a solution, and provide a framework to help the organization meet milestones for implementation success. InfiniDB provides unparalleled technical Read more…

PSSC Labs’ CloudOOP 12000 Certified with Cloudera Enterprise 5

Jul 14, 2014 |

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 14 – PSSC Labs is pleased to announce their purpose built CloudOOP 12000 Big Data server is certified compatible to run Cloudera Enterprise 5.  This announcement comes just days after PSSC Labs deployed a 3+ PByte Cluster designated to run Cloudera  Enterprise 5 to a prominent New York based Ad Tech company. The CloudOOP 12000 product line includes the world’s most energy efficient, highest density enterprise storage server platforms.   In just 1U of rack space, the Read more…

Registration Opens for ISC Cloud and Big Data Conferences

Jul 14, 2014 |

HEIDELBERG, Germany, July 14 — Registration is now open for the 2014 ISC Cloud and ISC Big Data Conferences which will be held this fall in Heidelberg, Germany. The fifth ISC Cloud Conference will take place in the Marriott Hotel from September 29 – 30 and the second ISC Big Data will be held from October 1 – 2 at the same venue. The Cloud HPC Marriage The ISC Cloud Conference with the tagline “Cloud Meets HPC” will again be chaired by European cloud guru, Wolfgang Gentzsch who is Read more…

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative

Jul 10, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., July 10 – IBM today announced it is investing $3 billion over the next 5 years in two broad research and early stage development programs to push the limits of chip technology needed to meet the emerging demands of cloud computing and Big Data systems. These investments will push IBM’s semiconductor innovations from today’s breakthroughs into the advanced technology leadership required for the future. The first research program is aimed at so-called “7 nanometer and beyond” silicon technology that Read more…