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Big Data and the $465 Billion Xmas Prize

Nov 26, 2014 |

Between now and December 25, Americans are expected to spend nearly half a trillion dollars on gifts and goodies for themselves and loved ones, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers will use all the tricks in the book to get their share, including the latest in big data analytic technologies. There’s a lot on the line for retailers, especially with the annual year-end shopping extravaganza set to officially kick off on Friday. This year, retailers have been especially eager Read more…

The Land of a Thousand Big Data Lakes

Nov 25, 2014 |

The prospect of storing and processing all of one’s data in an enterprise data lake running on Hadoop is gaining momentum, particularly when it comes to today’s massive unstructured data flows. However, given what we know of technological evolution and human nature itself, the chance of eliminating data silos and centralizing storage and compute is slim this big-data age. Data lakes make a lot of sense conceptually. Instead of allowing silos to perpetuate, an organization pools all of its resources Read more…

The Aspirational Data Lake Value Proposition

Nov 24, 2014 |

The industry hype around Hadoop and the concept of the Enterprise Data Lake has generated enormous expectations reaching all the way to the executive suite. Yet, when trying to establish a Modern Data Architecture, organizations are vastly unprepared how to house, analyze and manipulate the massive quantities of data available. All too often, they believe the only requirement is to download the Hadoop software, install it on a bunch of servers, commence loading the Data Lake, unplug the enterprise Data Read more…

Why Twitter Is the Low-Hanging Fruit of Social Analytics

Nov 19, 2014 |

Nobody is mistaking the Twitter fire hose for a crystal ball. But big companies are increasingly turning to Twitter and other social media outlets for a range analytic tasks, from gauging customer sentiment about bendy smartphones to saving costs during product recalls. Corporations have been analyzing social media since it arrived on the scene year ago. But only recently have they figured out how to really make use of it, according to Katherine Matsumoto of Attensity, a big data analytics Read more…

FICO Improves Its Big Data Score with Trio of New Apps

Nov 18, 2014 |

FICO is best known as the company behind the software that calculates credit scores. But in fact the company does a whole lot more, and last week the company flexed its analytics muscles with the unveiling of several new offerings, including a new Hadoop app, a real-time streaming analytics app, and text analytics tool that can mine email and Twitter. The new Big Data Analyzer offering is a native Hadoop application that’s based on the technology FICO obtained with its Read more…

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Teradata Has Hadoop Covered with MapR Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

Teradata completed a trifecta of sorts today when it announced a strategic partnership with MapR Technologies. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks. But this deal is different insofar as what MapR can bring to the table, the new partners say. As part of the deal, Teradata will become a reseller for all of MapR‘s products and services, which is similar to the reseller deals it Read more…

Google Targets Big Genome Data

Nov 12, 2014 |

Google wants to leverage the infrastructure that runs its dominant search engine, Google Maps and Gmail to help analyze and share big genomic data. Google Genomics is being promoted as a way to store growing DNA data in the cloud. Users could load and export genomic data for free, then pay about $25 a year for storage and queries. Storage is calculated in terabytes per month, queries in millions of API calls. The search giant joins other cloud giants in Read more…

Top Big Data Startups Honored at Strata

Oct 20, 2014 |

Hadoop virtualization startup BlueData took home the blue ribbon at the Startup Showcase competition during the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week. Also gaining recognition were Metanautix, an SQL data compute engine; graph analytics startup GraphLab; and SlamData, which develops an SQL add-on for MongoDB. As we previously reported, BlueData was founded in 2012 by two former VMware engineers, Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan, who wanted to dramatically reduce the complexity in Hadoop deployments. The company’s offering, dubbed EPIC, Read more…

EMC, Pivotal Add Compute to Hadoop Data Lake

Oct 15, 2014 |

Storage vendor EMC Corp. and cloud specialist Pivotal have partnered to roll out a new version of a Data Lake Hadoop Bundle that adds a compute option to the big data product along with accelerated analytics that come with scaled out storage and computing along with analytics software. As data lakes gain momentum as scalable repositories for data generated from current and advanced workloads, EMC and Pivotal are positioning Data Lake Hadoop Bundle 2.0 as a tool for plumbing the Read more…

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…

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