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Streaming Analytics Ready for Prime Time, Forrester Says

Jul 22, 2014 |

Analytic platforms that generate insights from data in real time are mature enough for enterprises to begin adopting them, Forrester says in its latest report. While open source streaming analytic products like Apache Storm are proving popular, Forrester says they lack key functionality found in the offerings of proprietary vendors, such as top-rated Software AG. You don’t need a Forrester analyst to know that streaming analytics is red hot at the moment. If Hadoop has opened our eyes to what Read more…

For Esri, Analytics All About Location, Location, Location

Jul 18, 2014 |

Certain analytic tools excel at manipulating with certain types of data. When it comes to data with a geographic bent, there may be no more influential vendor than Esri, a Southern California company that has quietly gobbled up a majority share of the geographic information systems (GIS) market. But now the company is positioning GIS as powerful way to visualize all types of data. Esri owns anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of the market for GIS software, according to Read more…

Inside Sibyl, Google’s Massively Parallel Machine Learning Platform

Jul 17, 2014 |

If you’ve ever wondered how your spam gets identified in Gmail or where personal video recommendations come from on YouTube, the answer is likely Sibyl, a massively parallel machine learning system that Google developed to make predictions and recommendations with user-specific data culled from its Internet applications. Dr. Tushar Chandra, a distinguished Google Research engineer, recently shared some information on Sibyl in a keynote presentation at the annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN). Sibyl is not Read more…

HP Throws Trafodion Hat into OLTP Hadoop Ring

Jul 14, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard last month quietly unveiled Trafodion, an ANSI-compliant relational SQL database that’s now available as an open source productd. With two decades of development at HP and the new capability to run on top of HBase, Trafodion could provide a big boost to efforts to run transactional workloads on Hadoop. The database technology behind Trafodion (which is Welsh for “transaction”) has been around for a long time at Hewlett-Packard, but it was dancing perilously close to the waste bin of Read more…

Where Does Spark Go From Here?

Jul 11, 2014 |

The excitement behind Apache Spark reached an apex last week during the 2014 Spark Summit put on by Databricks, the company behind the in-memory analytics phenomenon. With a large community of users and growing support from software vendors, the future for Spark certainly appears bright. But there’s a large amount of work ahead to fulfill the promise of Spark, including hardening various components. Providing an easier-to-use alternative to MapReduce is the first use case for Spark, which is said to Read more…

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Teradata Acquires Revelytix, Hadapt

Jul 22, 2014 |

Teradata Corp., the analytic data platform vendor, said it has expanded its big data portfolio with a pair of recent acquisitions. Teradata, based in Dayton, Ohio, said July 22 it has acquired the assets of Revelytix, an information management specialist, along with big data technologists and intellectual property from Hadapt. The Revelytix deal was completed on July 16; the Hadapt acquisition on July 17, Teradata said. Terms of the two acquisitions were not disclosed, the company said, because they are Read more…

Survey Finds Business Insights in Operational Data

Jul 18, 2014 |

Operational intelligence derived from automated data collection and traditionally used to manage IT infrastructure could also be leveraged to gauge how transaction-based businesses are performing. Furthermore, machine-generated data could even be exploited to adjust business systems and processes in real-time to account for customer preferences, concludes a recent study that looked at ways of gleaning business insights from seemingly mundane operational intelligence. The study, “Masters of Machines: Business insight from IT operational intelligence,” argues that turning operational intelligence into business Read more…

Talend’s ‘Sandbox’ Aims to Speed Big Data Projects

Jul 17, 2014 |

Data integration software vendor Talend said it hopes to speed the launch of new data projects with a preconfigured virtual platform it calls the “Big Data Sandbox.” Talend, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif., and Suresnes, France, announced the availability of the virtual environment on July 16. The sandbox provides real-world use cases and interactive learning tools with the goal of getting big data projects off the ground faster. The company noted the need for more big data automation tools as Read more…

GraphLabs Wises Up Machine Learning Platform

Jul 16, 2014 |

GraphLabs Inc., a machine learning startup, rolled out a new software platform this week it says will bring expanded machine-learning capabilities to enterprises struggling to find data scientists. The GraphLab Create 1.0 platform is said to automate key aspects of advanced big data analytics so a diverse range of companies can use machine learning to squeeze more business intelligence out of operational and other data. Seattle-based GraphLabs also claims its Create platform is the first to apply advanced machine learning Read more…

Survey: Variety, Not Volume, Stymies Data Scientists

Jul 1, 2014 |

Diverse data types, not just the volume of data, is the biggest challenge faced by data scientists, according to a new survey of big data practitioners. One consequence, warns the survey by computational database specialist Paradigm4, is that data variety is causing frustrated scientists to “leave data on the table.” Of the 111 data scientists responding to the survey, fully 71 percent said big data made analytics more difficult. Data variety rather than volume was most often cited as the Read more…

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Apache Unveils Hadoop 2

Oct 17, 2013 |

Apache Software Foundation, which oversees the 150 or so open source projects under the famous Apache umbrella, this week announced Hadoop 2 – the latest version of the popular software framework for distributed computing.