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Is Big Data the Next Big Civil Rights Issue?

Sep 19, 2014 |

There’s no doubt that the big data phenomenon is having a major impact on our lives. Algorithms are affecting what we buy, who we date, and how we work and play. But big data also takes a toll, including a loss of personal privacy and an increased risk of becoming victims of discrimination or unscrupulous vendors. Do these concerns make big data a civil rights issue? One group argues that it most definitely does. In a new report entitled “Civil Read more…

Under New CEO, Lucidworks Aims to Redefine Search and Itself

Sep 18, 2014 |

Lucidworks today unveiled an ambitious new enterprise search application called Fusion that uses advanced signal processing and analytics to drive a new level of personalization and push-delivery of information to users. The product is the culmination of a year-long development initiative under new CEO Will Hayes, who aims to carve a new big data niche for the Solr backer. Search is a ubiquitous component of the Internet, the original “killer app.” Type in your query, hit enter, and voila: a Read more…

Self-Provision Hadoop in Five Clicks, BlueData Says

Sep 17, 2014 |

Forget the data science–in some organizations, just getting access to a Hadoop cluster is a major obstacle. With today’s launch of EPIC, the software virtualization company BlueData says analysts and data scientists can self-provision a virtual Hadoop cluster in a matter of seconds, enabling them to iterate in a faster and more agile fashion. If things go as planned, BlueData‘s new EPIC product will usher in a new level of failure for Hadoop users around the world. “If you want Read more…

Three Things Apache Spark Needs to Out-Hadoop Hadoop

Sep 15, 2014 |

It’s only September, but it’s clear that 2014 will go down as the Year of Apache Spark. While the open source processing framework has gathered an enormous amount of momentum within the Hadoop ecosystem, there are three areas where the Spark community should focus on if it’s going to shine brighter in 2015. Apache Spark stormed the big data scene early in the year, becoming the Hot New Thing in an industry that generates Hot New Things at increasingly breakneck Read more…

How a Web Analytics Firm Turbo-Charged Its Hadoop ETL

Sep 10, 2014 |

The Web analytics firm comScore knows a thing or two about managing big data. With tens of billions of data points added to its 400-node Hadoop cluster every day, the company is no stranger to scalability challenges. But there’s one ETL optimization trick in particular that helped comScore save petabytes of disk and improve data processing times in the process. ComScore is one of the biggest providers of Web analytics used by publishers, advertising firms, and their clients. If you Read more…

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NoSQL Database Vendors Report Growth

Jul 29, 2014 |

NoSQL database vendors continue to rack up the customer wins as companies seek the greater flexibility and performance that NoSQL databases can deliver, particularly when it comes to the high-volume needs in telecommunications, retail, online gaming, and advertising. Couchbase last week announced a flurry of customer wins during the second quarter, which ended June 30, days after the vendor revealed a large $60 million Series E investment. The company says it landed a total of 70 new accounts during the Read more…

HP Taps Hortonworks to Supply Hadoop for HAVEn

Jul 24, 2014 |

Hewlett-Packard and Hortonworks today announced a strategic partnership that will see the vendors work together around Hadoop. In exchange for HP’s $50 million investment in Hortonworks, HP gets the right to distribute the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) as the Hadoop component of its HAVEn big data suite. While HP offers a range of IT solutions for big data problems, the IT giant has not had a very aggressive Hadoop strategy. It strengthened its Hadoop story in June 2013, when it Read more…

See Spark Run on NoSQL, DataStax Says

Jun 30, 2014 |

DataStax today announced that Apache Spark is included in the latest release of its NoSQL databases, including open source Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise version 4.5. Those databases now include the in-memory Spark tools, thereby giving customers a new option for running analytic workloads on transactional data. Apache Spark has garnered loads of attention as a potent analytic toolset for Hadoop. Developers are eager for Spark, which offers a single API for accessing a treasure trove of machine learning, graph, SQL, Read more…

MapR Announces $110M Investment Led by Google

Jun 30, 2014 |

Hadoop distributor MapR Technologies said today it has completed a $110 million financing round led by heavy hitters Google Capital and the venture capital arm of mobile chip specialist Qualcomm. San Jose-based MapR said Google Capital led the equity-financing round with $80 million. Also participating was Qualcomm Ventures, along with existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, New Enterprise Associates and Redpoint Ventures. MapR also announced completion of a $30 million line of credit led by Silicon Valley Bank. The financing Read more…

Couchbase Doesn’t Take $60M Round Lying Down

Jun 26, 2014 |

NoSQL database developer Couchbase today announced a $60 million round of venture funding from venture firms, bringing its total funding to $115 million. Couchbase’s CEO Bob Wiederhold tells Datanami the $60 million will be used primarily to accelerate product development. “We have a number of projects that we’re very excited about and that have gotten a lot of interest in the market,” Wiederhold says. “The biggest one is our mobile strategy. We also will invest more aggressively in expanding our Read more…

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