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Leverage Big Data Cross-Industry Panel: Video Now Available

Mar 27, 2015 |

  Big data means different things to different people. To some, massive data is a challenge to be overcome, while for others it’s an opportunity to seize. At Tabor Communications’ recent Leverage Big Data event, experts from different industries came together to compare their big data notes. As a professor of astrophysics and computational science at George Mason University, Kirk Borne tracks things moving through the universe over space and time. But that broad description could refer to just about Read more…

What Lies Beneath the Data Lake

Mar 27, 2015 |

Hadoop and the data lake represents potential business breakthrough for enterprise big data goals, yet beneath the surface is the murky reality of data chaos. In big data circles, the “data lake” is one of the top buzzwords today. The premise: companies can collect and store massive volumes of data from the Web, sensors, devices and traditional systems, and easily ingest it in one place for analysis. The data lake is a strategy from which business-changing big data projects can Read more…

Why Graph Databases Are Becoming Part of Everyday Life

Mar 26, 2015 |

Zephyr Health, a San Francisco-based software company that offers a data analytics platform for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, wanted its customers to unlock more value from their data relationships. Doing so would enable pharmaceutical companies, for example, to find the right doctors for a clinical trial by understanding relationships among a complex mix of public and private data such as specialty, geography, and clinical trial history. Old-school SQL databases were not up to the task. Traditional SQL databases Read more…

Mapping the Shape of Complex Data with Ayasdi

Mar 25, 2015 |

Machine learning has emerged as the most useful technology for analyzing big and complex data sets. But all too often, it takes a highly skilled data scientists to effectively wield machine learning tools. A company called Ayasdi is positioning a technique it calls Topological Data Analysis as a way to shortcut that machine learning skills gap. And if today’s news is any indication, it’s having tremendous success with this technique. Ayasdi was created in 2008 when a Stanford University mathematics 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…

News In Brief

Couchbase Breaks Up NoSQL Database Functions for Scalability

Mar 23, 2015 |

Couchbase today unveiled a plan to boost the scalability and performance of its NoSQL database by allowing customers to separate key database functions and run them on dedicated servers. The multi-dimensional scaling capability that Couchbase plans to ship later this year with Couchbase Server 4.0 will allow customers to separate three key workloads that the database performs—indexing, queries, and reads/writes—and thereby get around a built-in limitation in the database’s scale-out architecture. “Multi-dimensional scaling basically allows you to separate these tasks Read more…

Embedded Analytics Goes Mainstream

Mar 17, 2015 |

Embedded analytics, the integration of analytic capabilities within business applications, are becoming more pervasive as software vendors and software-as-a-service providers embrace the approach. According to a new survey, embedded analytics is poised to overtake traditional business intelligence tools as it is folded into more applications and as users seek greater functionality. In its third annual survey of the embedded analytics market, Logi Analytics also found that fully 65 percent of application providers it contacted embed business intelligence and analytics into Read more…

Tachyon Nexus Gets $7.5M to Productize Big Data File System

Mar 17, 2015 |

Tachyon Nexus, the company founded to productize the Tachyon in-memory file system developed at the AMPlab, has received $7.5 million in venture capital funding from Andreessen Horowitz, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Tachyon is a new distributed file system that aims to dramatically speed the processing of big data analytics applications developed using today’s big data frameworks, including Apache Spark, Apache Shark, Hadoop MapReduce, and Apache Fink. The software, which doctoral student Haoyuan Li first unveiled in 2013, quickly Read more…

How Madden’s Ratings Czar Rules NFL Analytics

Mar 13, 2015 |

Donny Moore probably knows more about the 2,600 players in the National Football League than anybody. As the so-called Ratings Czar for EA Sports, the company behind the Madden football video game franchise, Moore’s numeric assessment of how well each player runs, passes, catches, and tackles holds an improbable level of sway over the game. While the ratings Moore assigns to each NFL player are used for the purpose of simulating their athletic skills in the Madden video game, it Read more…

Survey: Big Data is Disrupting Business as Usual

Mar 11, 2015 |

As an American admiral famously said during the Second World War, “I don’t know what the hell ‘logistics’ is…but I want some of it!” The same could be said for the majority of nervous company’s in a recent big data report in which 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they had better figure out how to leverage data analytics or risk becoming irrelevant. Capgemini, the French business consulting firm, commissioned the big data survey along with storage giant EMC Corp. Read more…

This Just In

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.