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Hortonworks Hatches a Roadmap to Improve Apache Spark

Sep 24, 2014 |

Hortonworks today issued a broad and detailed roadmap outlining the investment it would like to see made to Apache Spark, the in-memory processing framework that has become one of Hadoop’s most popular subprojects. The plan focuses on improving how Spark runs with YARN, enabling monitoring and management of Spark, and ensuring that Spark plays nicely with Hive and other Hadoop engines. In the blog piece, titled “An investment in Apache Spark for the Enterprise,” Hortonworks director of product management Vinay Read more…

Don’t Overlook the Operationalization of Big Data, Pivotal Says

Sep 23, 2014 |

You may use Hadoop to suck up all kinds of data, and you may even analyze some of it there. But any insights you glean should not exist in a vacuum. To succeed in this big data world, you must put your insights into use—that is, you must operationalize them–and that sometimes requires a different set of skills and technologies outside of traditional Hadoop. Hadoop may be the poster child for big data, but it’s not the whole story. While Read more…

How Baidu Uses Deep Learning to Drive Success on the Web

Sep 22, 2014 |

The Chinese Web giant Baidu is investing heavily in deep learning technologies as it seeks to drive intelligence from big data using high performance computing (HPC). From speech and facial recognition to language transaction and Web search, Baidu relies on deep learning and artificial intelligence technologies to improve a range of customer-facing applications. Dr. Ren Wu, a distinguished scientist at Baidu’s Deep Learning Institute (IDL), discussed Baidu’s use of deep learning technologies in a keynote presentation at Tabor Communication’s recent Read more…

How Open Source is Failing R for Big Data

Sep 22, 2014 |

At this year’s UseR! conference in Los Angeles, John Chambers, the father of the S language and thus grandfather of the R language, noted that R was designed as an interface to the best algorithms. And indeed the R language excels as an interface to algorithms, which is why so many professional and budding data scientists choose R as the interface to drive their analytic workflows. On the other hand, R was not designed as an interface to massive-scale data: Read more…

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…

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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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