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One on One with LinkedIn’s VP of Engineering

Jun 29, 2015 |

Why are data scientists tripping over themselves to get their hands on LinkedIn’s data? What’s it like to run one of the world’s biggest social media sites, and how can machine learning algorithms contribute to the creation of economic opportunity for a global workforce? We recently posed those questions (and more!) to Igor Perisic, Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn. Alex Woodie: Igor, thank you for agreeing to this interview. First, please tell us about yourself and your role at Read more…

Future of Connected Cities on Display in L.A.

Jun 26, 2015 |

Cities are sitting on mounds of data generated by everything from parking meters to traffic lights to water meters, but they’re having difficulty harnessing that data effectively. As the big data and Internet of Things (IoT) trends evolve, we’ll see cities competing with one another to use data to serve citizens, and that’s where vendors like Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group International are hoping to step in. Yesterday in downtown LA, CRGI showcased what the future of a connected city Read more…

Data Lake Showdown: Object Store or HDFS?

Jun 23, 2015 |

The explosion of data is causing people to rethink their long-term storage strategies. Most agree that distributed systems, one way or another, will be involved. But when it comes down to picking the distributed system–be it a file-based system like HDFS or an object-based file store such as Amazon S3–the agreement ends and the debate begins. The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) has emerged as a top contender for building a data lake. The scalability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Hadoop Read more…

IBM Pre-Fab Analytics Targets Vertical Markets

May 28, 2015 |

IBM is retargeting retailers, banks, telecommunications carriers and the energy sector with a package of 20 “pre-built” predictive analytics capabilities tailored to specific industry requirements. The vertical analytics tools are based on more than 50,000 client engagements, the company said in announcing the targeted analytics tools. IBM said Thursday (May 28) it worked with clients and “signature design partners” to develop the predictive analytics suite. Development partners included Adelaide Bank, Deliotte, Interactive Data Managed Solutions and Urban Outfitters. Each tool Read more…

Forget Big Data–Small Data Is Where the Money Lies

May 20, 2015 |

Big Data continues to be a big topic. Experts promise a world where the Internet of Things (IoT) proliferates and tiny, inexpensive sensors collect massive amounts of data. New, powerful databases coupled with information storage technology and analytical tools offer the promise of gleaning amazing insights and finding patterns we never before imagined. However, for most businesses, it’s still too early to become actual practitioners of Big Data. Some may remember the 2013 findings from research organization SINTEF that 90% Read more…

News In Brief

Adaptive Insights Raises $75M

Jul 1, 2015 |

Adaptive Insights, the cloud services and business intelligence startup, said this week it has secured $75 million in its latest funding round. The startup announced on Tuesday (June 30) it would use the latest cash infusion to accelerate its product roadmap along with expanding its global operations. Adaptive Insights claims 2,700 customers in 85 countries—three times greater than the customer base of other cloud corporate performance management (CPM) vendors. The startup delivers cloud-based CPM and business intelligence tools via a Read more…

Apache Spark: Now Offered on Amazon EMR

Jun 22, 2015 |

The number of places you can run Apache Spark increases by the week, and last week hosting giant Amazon Web Services announced that it’s now offering Apache Spark on its hosted Hadoop environment. The addition of Spark will give Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) customers access to another big data processing engine to run, in addition to the ones already running, including Hive, Pig, HBase, Presto, and Impala, among others. While this is not the first time Apache Spark has graced Read more…

CFOs Cling to Excel, ‘Gut’ Instincts

Jun 17, 2015 |

Despite the waterfall of information piling up in corporate databases every business day, a new survey of chief financial officers finds there is actually a “data deficit” when it comes to making decisions based on quick access to that data. The upshot is lingering reliance on gut instinct in making critical decision that affect profitability and a surprising reliance on aging data access tools like the venerable Excel spreadsheet. The survey of more than 1,500 financial decision makers sponsored by Read more…

IBM, Databricks Join Forces to Advance Spark

Jun 15, 2015 |

IBM has jumped on the Apache Spark bandwagon, revealing it would throw its considerable weight behind the open source in-memory processing framework that has been gaining momentum over the last year. Separately, Databricks, the company formed by the creators of the analytics engine, released Apache Spark 1.4 that includes the SparkR API, its first new language API since 2012. IBM said Monday (June 15) it would integrate Spark software into the “core” of its analytics and commerce platforms while offering Read more…

Bright Computing Rolls New Cluster Manager, Ceph Integration

Jun 10, 2015 |

Cluster and cloud management software specialist Bright Computing unveiled a new version of its cluster manager for Apache Hadoop during this week’s Hadoop Summit in San Jose. Separately, it announced on Wednesday (June 10) that its OpenStack management software now integrates with Ceph, the distributed object storage and file system. Bright Computer’s management platform is intended to help build and manage big data clusters via Apache Hadoop. Version 7.1 of the cluster manager expands automation of deployment and management for Read more…

This Just In

Qubole Becomes AWS Advanced Technology Partner

Jul 1, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 1 — Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company founded by the team that developed Facebook’s data infrastructure, today announced it is now an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Technology Partner. Qubole’s self-service platform for big data analytics runs on AWS. It is a fully managed big data offering that leverages the latest open source technologies, such as Apache Hadoop, Hive, Presto and Spark, to provide a comprehensive cloud-based data analytics platform complete with enterprise security features, an Read more…

Peter Coveney to Keynote ISC Cloud & Big Data Conference

Jun 30, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 30 – ISC Events, the organizer of the inaugural ISC Cloud & Big Data conference is pleased to announce Professor Peter V. Coveney of University College London (UCL) as the conference keynoter. Prof Coveney will be talking about the current state-of-the-art in the development of personalized medicine on September 30. In a presentation titled “The Virtual Human: In Silico Methods for Personalised Medicine,” Coveney will talk about the opportunities and challenges involved in developing personalized medical treatment for patients. Currently one of Read more…

ClearStory Data and Microsoft Collaborate

Jun 29, 2015 |

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 29 — ClearStory Data, the company bringing business-oriented Data Intelligence to everyone, adds highly scalable, Spark-based data analysis when combined with Microsoft’s new Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The combination of Azure SQL Data Warehouse that scales elastically to suit business needs and ClearStory’s Spark-based, ultra-fast data analysis solution, allows organizations to benefit from a state-of-the-art solution in the cloud to store, process, and speed analysis of large volumes of diverse data. The resulting advantage for organizations of Read more…

Liaison Technologies Transforms Cloud-Based Integration and Data Management on MapR

Jun 25, 2015 |

June 25 — Liaison Technologies, an industry-recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management offerings, and MapR Technologies, provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, announced today that Liaison’s ALLOY platform is using the MapR Distribution including Hadoop to support big data integration and management. The ALLOY platform was recently unveiled as the first dPaaS (data Platform as a Service) solution available. “The Liaison ALLOY platform allows for a tailored and uniquely holistic approach to providing complex data management in Read more…

Attunity Launches Cloud Data Warehouse Solutions in Microsoft Azure

Jun 25, 2015 |

June 25 — Attunity Ltd., a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced today a new cloud solution, Attunity CloudBeam for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. The solution enables automated and optimized data loading from many enterprise databases into the Azure SQL Data Warehouse quickly, easily and affordably. Now available in the Azure Marketplace, Attunity CloudBeam offers Azure customers several SaaS licensing options and is released in tandem with the first public preview of Microsoft’s new cloud data warehouse service. “We expect Read more…