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IBM Embraces the Twitter Fire Hose

Oct 30, 2014 |

IBM dove headfirst into the Twitter-sphere yesterday when it announced a “landmark partnership” with the social media giant. The union will see Big Blue helping its blue chip customers perform sentiment analysis upon Twitter’s fire hose, with the goal of helping them make better business decisions. The joys and fears of 300 million people are embodied within the Twitter fire hose, which streams at the rate of about 6,000 tweets per second, or 500 million messages per day. Twitter, you Read more…

Graph Analytics Startup Has Roots in IBM Watson

Oct 22, 2014 |

IBM Watson’s 2011 victory on Jeopordy! was a watershed moment for artificial intelligence and ushered in a new age of cognitive computing for big data. But as powerful as Watson is with natural language processing, it’s limited in the types of data and analytics it can perform. Today, a group of former IBMers led by the founder of Watson Labs formally unveiled Cognitive Scale, a big data startup that’s building upon Watson with the power of graph analytics. Cognitive Scale Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Forrester Ranks the NoSQL Database Vendors

Oct 3, 2014 |

NoSQL databases have surged in popularity as organizations struggle to serve highly distributed Web applications, but navigating the various types of NoSQL databases and the vendors providing them has proven tricky. Shedding some light on the topic this week with a pair of reports was Forrester Research. The analyst group looked at two types of NoSQL databases in separate Forrester Wave reports, including document-oriented NoSQL databases and key-value NoSQL databases. Graph databases constitute the third type of NoSQL data store Read more…

How Baidu Uses Deep Learning to Drive Success on the Web

Sep 22, 2014 |

The Chinese Web giant Baidu is investing heavily in deep learning technologies as it seeks to drive intelligence from big data using high performance computing (HPC). From speech and facial recognition to language transaction and Web search, Baidu relies on deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies to improve a range of customer-facing applications. Dr. Ren Wu, a distinguished scientist at Baidu’s Deep Learning Institute (IDL), discussed Baidu’s use of deep learning technologies in a keynote presentation at Tabor Communication’s recent Read more…

News In Brief

Israeli Startup Looks to Ease Hadoop Rollouts

Oct 20, 2014 |

An Israeli big data processing startup said this week it has secured $3 million in early-round funding and will launch its Hadoop-based platform in the U.S. Tel Aviv-based Xplenty announced Oct. 20 the Series A funding from Waarde Capital and existing seed investor Magma Venture Partners. The funding will be used to expand platform features on its cloud-based processing engine while the company expands globally. Xplenty also announced plans to offer its big data processing technology directly to U.S. customers. Read more…

MongoDB Unveils Management Service Upgrades

Oct 14, 2014 |

MongoDB Inc. rolled out upgrades to its database management service this week that include automation features designed to speed the deployment and provisioning of MongoDB on Amazon Web Services and other cloud infrastructure. Upgrades to the MongoDB Management Service (MMS) announced on Oct. 14 address criticisms that the popular database remains difficult to deploy and maintain, company executive said. They estimate that the MMS upgrades could lower operational overhead by as much as 95 percent. Previously, labor-intensive tasks like writing Read more…

Salesforce Eyes Business Analytics with Wave Platform

Oct 13, 2014 |

Continuing the migration of data analytics to the enterprise, Salesforce.com said it is entering the analytics market with the roll out of its “analytics cloud” targeting business intelligence applications. The enterprise cloud-computing vendor said Oct. 13 its Wave analytics cloud platform would allow businesses to sift through sales and marketing data from any device. The new platform and more than 30 “ecosystem partners” were introduced at a company event in San Francisco this week. Among the keynote speakers at the Read more…

NSF Awards $31M in Big Data Research Grants

Oct 6, 2014 |

Backing up Obama administration rhetoric about the economic impact of big data, the National Science Foundation will fund 17 data science research programs totaling $31 million as part of its Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBS) program. NSF said Oct. 1 the new university projects cover areas ranging from data analytics to management to security and specific scientific applications like biomedicine and life sciences. The agency, which focuses on funding university R&D, stressed in making the awards that many of the Read more…

Intel Capital Invests in GoodData

Oct 2, 2014 |

Intel Capital led the latest funding round for cloud analytics specialist GoodData, raking in an additional $25.7 million, the company said Oct. 2. The Series E funding round continues the sustained uptick in venture capital investment in big data analytics companies. Joining in GoodData’s largest funding round to date were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst, Tenaya Capital, TOTVS, Next World Capital, Windcrest and Pharus Capital. GoodData also said Intel Capital Director Igor Taber would join its board of directors. “We are Read more…

This Just In

IBM Brings Broad Portfolio of Big Data Capabilities to the Cloud Marketplace

Oct 28, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 28 – IBM today announced that its broad portfolio of analytics capabilities – including Cognos Business Intelligence, SPSS predictive analytics platforms and the newly announced Watson Analytics – will soon be available via IBM Cloud marketplace. IBM Cloud marketplace is a single online destination that serves as the digital front door to cloud innovation, bringing together IBM’s capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third-party vendors with the security and resiliency enterprises expect. As businesses increasingly look to data as the new basis of competitive Read more…

Cognitive Scale Introduces Cognitive Cloud Platform

Oct 22, 2014 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 22 — After 18 months focused on product and technology development, Cognitive Scale today emerged from stealth with the industry’s first technology independent cognitive cloud platform, four vertical industry applications, new customers, partnerships with technology titans, and 22 patents filed. The company is on track to close 2014 with multi-million dollars in revenue resulting from several high-value customer contracts. Cognitive Scale is led by a team of serial entrepreneurs and technologists with in-depth enterprise software expertise in cognitive computing, Big Read more…

Cloudera Announces Product Integration with Microsoft Azure

Oct 21, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 21 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced an effort to integrate and enable Cloudera Enterprise to be Microsoft Azure Certified. In a world where every incremental advantage matters, Cloudera and Microsoft will work to enable quick implementation of Cloudera’s enterprise data hub with the power of Hadoop on demand in Microsoft Azure. Cloudera will also work to certify integration with Microsoft data warehousing and security technologies including Analytics Platform Read more…

SnapLogic Receives $20M in Series D Financing

Oct 21, 2014 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 21 — SnapLogic, Inc., the Elastic Integration company, today announced the initial closing of its $20 million Series D financing led by Ignition Partners, which will bring the company’s total financing to $60 million. Also participating in this closing are Andreessen Horowitz, H. Barton Asset Management, Pharus Capital Management and Triangle Peak Partners. The company will use the funds to grow its field sales, marketing and operations while continuing to build upon the big data wrangling and Read more…

New SAP HANA Capabilities Deliver Innovation in the Cloud

Oct 21, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Oct. 21 — SAP SE today announced next steps to deliver innovation in the cloud with the SAP HANA platform, empowering customers to run their businesses in real time. Today’s announcement includes new planned innovations in the latest release of SAP HANA, the fall update of SAP HANA Cloud Platform and a new SAP API Management technology. The announcement was made at SAP TechEd && d-code, being held October 20-24 in Las Vegas. “It’s critical for our customers to simplify their businesses and Read more…