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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…

Achieve Business Value with Machine Learning

Mar 24, 2015 |

With major companies battling constant cyberattacks and advanced persistent threats from cyber attackers, larger dedicated staffs are currently required to handle cyber espionage issues. Right now, a common problem across corporations and agencies in defending against these attacks is that too few people are solely tasked to early detection and interdiction. As our adversaries increase their use of automation, staff increases will not be able to keep up with the exponential growth of the threat. Manual querying, analysis, and response Read more…

Wanted: Intelligent Middleware That Simplifies Big Data Analytics

Mar 23, 2015 |

We’ve seen tremendous technological innovation in the data analytics space over the past 10 years. Platforms like Hadoop have emerged and machine learning techniques are going mainstream. But according respected leaders in the big data community, there’s still a sizable gap in the marketplace when it comes to intelligent middleware that can orchestrate and organizes how data flows, not just in Hadoop but the enterprise. Lars George was one of the first technologists to begin working with Hadoop in Europe 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…

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Market Regulators Tap Into Big Data

Mar 24, 2015 |

Big data has already become a competitive differentiator in the private sector. But government regulators in the US and the UK are showing they can apply big data lessons in the public realm too, and have launched big data programs of their own. The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) went live in early 2013 with Market Information Data Analytics System (MIDAS), a computer system that tracks the complete order books for all the equities traded on each of the 13 Read more…

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…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of 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…

Qumulo Comes Out of Stealth with ‘Data-Aware’ Storage

Mar 16, 2015 |

For the past three years, a Seattle company has been working to solve what its founders consider the biggest problem affecting large-scale storage: Actually knowing what data you have and how it’s being used. Today, that company, called Qumulu, emerged from stealth with a product ready to sell. In 2012, Qumulo set out on its mission to solve storage by conducting more than 600 interviews with large-scale storage users—outfits like Hollywood special effects studios, genomic sequencers, and oil and gas Read more…

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