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Three Ways Open Data Could Make California Golden

Mar 26, 2015 |

While California is widely regarded as the high-technology hub of the world, the state lacks a cohesive open data policy. Last week, a non-profit think tank in the Golden State released a report detailing why the state government should adopt an open data policy. According to the Milken Institute‘s “Open Data in California,” the state has the potential to unleash powerful economic forces if it follows the lead set by the Federal Government and 10 other states that have implemented Read more…

Watch DDN’s Molly Rector’s Leverage Big Data 2015 Keynote

Mar 24, 2015 |

When it comes to finding value in big data, there are almost as many paths as there are data sets. In her introductory keynote at last week’s Leverage Big Data event, Molly Rector, the chief marketing officer at Data Direct Networks, provided guidance on how to find your own path. Like many of the world’s top data scientists, Rector took a roundabout path to working with big data that included two degrees in biology and chemistry and years of work Read more…

One on One with IBM’s Global VP for Data Analytics

Mar 19, 2015 |

As the Global Vice President of Systems Software and Growth Solutions for IBM, Jacqueline Woods has a tremendous amount of influence over a $12-billion portfolio of cloud, mobile, and big data solutions. Woods, who delivered a keynote at this week’s Leverage Big Data conference in Florida, recently sat down with Datanami to share her views on big data, and talk about how IBM is helping customers succeed with big data analytics. Alex Woodie: There’s a tremendous amount of excitement around Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

Facebook Opens Its Own Private Firehose

Mar 11, 2015 |

Facebook yesterday unleashed a new data offering that will, for the first time, allow third parties to access aggregated and anonymized data about the online activities of Facebook users. Called “Topic Data,” the service is only available to select American and British companies via Facebook’s partner DataSift. As Facebook explains in a blog post, the new data service will allow marketers to see what Facebook users are saying about events, subjects, brands, and activities, for the purpose of helping them Read more…

News In Brief

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

Snowflake Differentiates Itself in Strata Startup Showcase

Feb 23, 2015 |

Snowflake Computing, a big data warehousing as a service provider, took home top honors at the Startup Showcase event held during last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. The award is a boost to the Silicon Valley company, which aims to be a one-stop shop for analyzing data generated on the cloud. Snowflake emerged from stealth mode in October with $26 million in cash and a vision to create an “elastic data warehouse” that lives in the cloud. The company, Read more…

Microsoft Readies Major Push Into Big Data

Feb 2, 2015 |

Microsoft has a lot of irons in the fire. Always has and always will. But judging from its recent acquisition of Revolution Analytics, the early success of its hosted machine learning service, and the forthcoming public launch of a MapReduce analog called “Cosmos,” the Redmond, Washington software giant is set to make big data an even bigger part of its go-to-market strategy. Microsoft is reportedly gearing up to publicly launch a new big data storage and crunching service called Cosmos, Read more…

Procured Data Feed Promises To Be ‘Disruptive,’ 1010data Says

Jan 13, 2015 |

Customers normally bring their own data when they buy or subscribe to a data analytics software or service. But with the new 1010data Facts offering unveiled today, customers not only get advanced analytic tooling, but they can get access to a variety of data feeds, including some proprietary sources that the CEO of 1010data promises to be disruptive. The new 1010data Facts offering is a data exchange of sorts. On the one hand, it provides companies with access to a Read more…

Google, Wireless Partner Look to Merge Cloud, IoT

Dec 2, 2014 |

Google Cloud Platform and Telit Wireless Solutions, an “enabler of the Internet of Things,” are joining forces to sponsor an IoT competition aimed at encouraging technology innovation around connected consumers and their devices. The IoT Big Data Challenge will encourage developers to submit new applications in business, consumer and “social well-being” categories. That third category includes new applications that would benefit society. The competition requires contestants to create web-based and mobile apps based on data from a wide variety of Read more…

This Just In

Sysorex Announces Partnership with Cloudian

Mar 25, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 25 — Big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Cloudian, Inc. that will allow Sysorex to offer Cloudian’s HyperStore cloud storage software and appliances as part of Sysorex’s Enterprise Managed Services, Big Data and Private Hybrid Cloud Platform suites. “We are excited about our partner relationship with Cloudian,” said Sysorex Chief Technology Officer Craig Harper. “The ability to incorporate Cloudian’s products into our managed services, cloud Read more…

Talend Launches Integration Cloud

Mar 24, 2015 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 24 — Talend, the global big data integration software leader, today unveiled Talend Integration Cloud, a powerful new solution to extend and advance the data-driven enterprise. Available in early Q2, the hosted cloud integration platform provides instant, elastic and secure capacity so IT teams can easily shift workloads between on-premises and the cloud, increasing agility, performance and productivity, while lowering operational costs. Talend Integration Cloud provides a single solution for bulk, batch and real-time data integration across hundreds of data Read more…

EMC Unveils the Federation Business Data Lake

Mar 23, 2015 |

March 23 — EMC Corporation today announced the Federation Business Data Lake. The fully engineered solution includes leading storage and Big Data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware to help customers leverage the new world of Big Data, thereby clearing the path for new insights and disruptive differentiation. Implemented in as little as seven days, the Federation Business Data Lake greatly simplifies the massively complex task of building a Data Lake and is designed for speed, self-service and Read more…

Qubole Extends Big Data-as-a-Service Platform With Redshift Connector

Mar 19, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 19 — Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company founded by the team that developed Facebook’s data infrastructure, today announced that the Qubole Data Service (QDS) platform now includes a connector to Amazon Redshift, further extending the data sources available directly within QDS. Qubole Data Service is a self-service platform for big data analytics that runs on the three major public clouds: Amazon AWS, Google Compute Engine and Microsoft Azure. QDS is a fully managed big data offering that leverages Read more…

SUSE and Veristorm Bring Hadoop Solutions to IBM z and Power Systems

Mar 17, 2015 |

NUREMBERG, Germany and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 17 — SUSE and Veristorm today announced a partnership to make big data intelligence gathering more efficient and affordable by providing certified high-performance Hadoop solutions that run directly on Linux on IBM Power Systems, IBM z Systems, and x86-64. As a result, customers can use their existing hardware systems to effectively process growing amounts of data to make better business decisions. Hadoop is an open source framework that enables distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers, and it Read more…