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Struggling Under Multiple Databases? Get Used To It

Aug 27, 2015 |

Programmers are a fickle bunch. One day they’re all using Java, and the next day Python is the hot new thing. While developers indelibly will dabble in different languages, we’re now seeing them do similar things with databases, particularly those of a NoSQL bent. The database explosion benefits developers, but it’s a headache for the admins tasked with managing the stuff. Time was, you installed the Oracle database and were happy with it, damn it. Oracle defined what you could Read more…

Medical Insight Set to Flow from Semantic Data Lakes

Aug 26, 2015 |

The potential for data analytics to disrupt healthcare delivery is large, and getting larger by the day. But in many cases, the need to hammer data into a structured format creates a barrier to productivity. Now a hospital chain in New York City is hoping to change that by adopting a Hadoop-based semantic data lake. Located in the Bronx, Montefiore Health System is the first hospital to implement a semantic data lake as part of the New York City Clinical Read more…

Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Analytics Big Role in New Healthcare Model

Jul 28, 2015 |

Big data analytics is having a transformative impact on almost every industry it touches. But when it comes to the $3-trillion healthcare industry, the impact is personal in more ways than one. For a look at how analytics is impacting healthcare, let’s take a look at Premise Health. Formed by the June 2014 merger between two workplace clinic companies, Premise Health is now the nation’s largest provider of employer-based onsite healthcare services. Premise Health has more than 500 clinics nationwide, Read more…

Teradata Supports CDH and HDP with New Hadoop Appliance

Jul 9, 2015 |

Teradata today announced that customers can get its Hadoop Appliance pre-loaded with a distribution from either Cloudera or Hortonworks. The fifth generation of the analytics giant’s appliance also features more configuration options, including different types of nodes designed to run different workloads. Even though Hadoop was designed to run on low-cost, commodity Lintel servers that most IT folks are familiar with, some customers still don’t want to deal with the cost and hassle of procuring their own cluster to get Read more…

News In Brief

Security Survey: Huge Datasets Exposed Online

Aug 18, 2015 |

An estimated 1.1 petabytes of data related to a handful of databases, search engines and other caching technologies is exposed online, a data security startup reports. A key security flaw centers on default settings that lack basic configurations for authentication, encryption, authorization or other security controls. BinaryEdge, a security services startup based on Zurich, Switzerland, said its Internet data exposure survey looked at four representative technologies the company regularly uses: MongoDB; the key-value cache and store technology Redis; Memcached, the Read more…

Spectra Taps ‘Shingled’ Drives to Store Big Archives

Aug 17, 2015 |

Spectra Logic today unveiled a new NAS archive appliance built with spinning disks featuring Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology. The increased storage density enabled by SMR lets the new Spectra Verde DPE (Digital Preservation Enterprise) appliance store petabytes worth of unstructured data at very low cost. Spectra is one of a number of storage devices manufacturers (including Seagate) using SMR technologies to help it overcome storage density limits of existing disk drives. The heads of traditional disk drives use perpendicular Read more…

HP Updates Big Data Strategy

Aug 11, 2015 |

Hewlett-Packard fleshed out its big data strategy this week with the roll out of a new version of its analytics platform at a company event along with an “accelerator” program that would give developers access to APIs on its Haven big data platform at a discounted rate. The new addition to the Haven platform called “Excavator” targets analysis of high-speed streaming data from a variety of sources, including the Internet of Things. It is also designed to improve SQL and Read more…

Huge Radio Telescope Gets New Database

Aug 10, 2015 |

The world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), will be getting a data storage and analytics upgrade thanks to a grant from the organization that operates the telescope and partner (AWS). The Dutch database technology company MonetDB Solutions said Monday (Aug. 10) it would use the grant to develop new storage and analytics techniques for SKA along with partner Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Dutch research institute for mathematics and computer science. MonetDB Solutions is a spin-off Read more…

Interana Tapped by Microsoft to Analyze Bing Searches

Aug 4, 2015 |

Interana, a big data startup that develops a database and related tools for doing analytics on time- and event-based data, today announced that Microsoft selected its software to analyze queries made with the Bing search engine, with the goal of better understanding user behavior. This is a major win for Interana, which was co-founded by former Facebook engineers and came out of stealth mode only nine months ago. Microsoft has a long history of developing its own products, and does not often Read more…

This Just In

Scality Completes $45M Series D Funding Round

Aug 24, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 24 — Scality, the leader in software-based storage for the information age, today announced it has completed a $45 million Series D funding round. The latest funding round includes new entrant and strategic partner BroadBand Tower, Inc. (BBTower), all existing investors, led by Menlo Ventures, and 65% of the Scality staff, bringing the total investment in Scality to $80 million. Scality will use the funds to continue to increase its salesforce in North America, continue to expand Read more…

Tintri Introduces New VM-Aware All-Flash Storage Platform

Aug 20, 2015 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 20 — Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, today announced the release of the Tintri VMstore T5000 All-Flash series. The VMstore T5000 joins the award winning T800 Hybrid-Flash series to create a portfolio of VM-aware storage platforms that offer enterprises and service providers their choice of storage, hypervisor and packaging to best meet their needs. Powered by the same Tintri OS and real time VM-level analytics, the new products will enable customers to Read more…

Altiscale Unveils Hadoop-Based OLAP-as-a-Service Offering

Aug 19, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 19 — Altiscale, the leading provider of Big-Data-as-a-Service, announced today that it is making AtScale’s OLAP-on-Hadoop technology available in the Altiscale Data Cloud. With this combined offering, business customers can experience an enterprise-grade OLAP-on-Hadoop environment in the cloud. For existing Altiscale customers, the AtScale Intelligence Platform is seamlessly integrated and can deploy in minutes. “This OLAP-as-a-Service offering allows customers to focus on getting value out of their data quickly, without the risk and expense of running and maintaining Hadoop themselves, Read more…

Seagate to Acquire Dot Hill Systems

Aug 19, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif. and LONGMONT, Colo., Aug. 19 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative software and hardware storage systems, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Seagate will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Dot Hill in an all-cash transaction valued at $9.75 per share, or a total of approximately $694 million on Read more…

NEC Launches Solutions for Simplifying the Installation of SAP HANA

Aug 18, 2015 |

TOKYO, Japan, Aug. 18 — NEC Corporation today announced the launch of its “SAP HANA Tailored Datacenter Integration Solutions (NEC Storage),” which are designed to simplify the installation of SAP HANA in-memory database software. This solution is a combination of the NEC’s SAP HANA appliance server, the “NEC High-Performance Appliance for SAP HANA,” and four models from the NEC M Series of storage products. All of the four models’ storage have been certified by SAP for the SAP HANA Enterprise Storage. Read more…