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Can Big Data Give Us Bionic Brains?

Jan 20, 2015 |

The rise of big data and analytics promises to transform many aspects of our lives, chief among them how we synthesize data and make decisions. Some theorize that big data will augment our own cognitive capabilities to the point where it’s like we have bionic brains. According to Deloitte Analytics, the field of cognitive analytics is an extension of cognitive computing, and is made up of three main components: machine learning, natural language processing, and advanced analytics. These technologies, combined Read more…

Hacking Your Way Onto the IoT

Nov 17, 2014 |

Elon “Ironman” Musk raised eyebrows recently when he said we are “summoning the demon” with artificial intelligence. While it’s debatable whether neural networks will give rise to evil spirits, a singularity of a different sort is clearly at hand when it comes to the Internet of Things, which is on the cusp of unleashing torrents of new data moving among consumers, devices, and device manufacturers. If you thought the data you have been dealing with was big, then you’re going Read more…

‘What Is Big Data’ Question Finally Settled?

Oct 29, 2014 |

People have been debating what “big data” means ever since the term appeared in the lexicon. Researchers at Cal Berkeley recently pepper dozens of prominent data scientists and industry leader with the question in hopes of settling the big question once and for all. You’ve undoubtedly heard many definitions for big data over the years. For some, you have big data when it can’t be stored on a single computer, or it’s the combination of volume, velocity, and variety (some Read more…

What You May Have Missed at Strata + Hadoop World 2014

Oct 21, 2014 |

Talk about information overload. If you were one of the lucky 5,000 to attend the Strata + Hadoop World conference last week, then you were subject to a marathon session of big data keynotes delivered continually for the better part of two days. It’s understandable that you missed out on some of the big data news announced at the show, including Cray’s new Hadoop appliance, or the latest tools from Revolution Analytics and Tableau. Don’t worry: We’ll get you back Read more…

Selecting the Right Database for the Right Job

Oct 6, 2014 |

The Internet and mobile devices have created tremendous opportunities to engage with consumers in new ways. At the same time, they have brought unprecedented challenges for managing the vast volumes of structured and unstructured data being pumped in from these channels. At Adform, we face those opportunities and challenges first-hand. We enable media agencies, trading desks, advertisers and publishers to easily scale and deliver programmatic display advertising, rich media, and video, across desktop and mobile devices. Offers and other content Read more…

News In Brief

Oracle Rejiggers Exadata for Emerging In-Memory Workloads

Jan 22, 2015 |

Organizations that adopt the latest generation of Oracle’s engineered systems will have more flexible configuration and licensing options available to them than previous generations. That will make it more cost effective to run emerging in-memory workloads, such as operational analytics, the company says. At a live launch event in Redwood City, California, Oracle chairman and CTO Larry Ellison unveiled the X5 generation of its various all-in-one server platforms. The Exadata Database Machine is headlining this new generation, and backed up 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…

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…

Zoomdata Raises $17M

Oct 7, 2014 |

Venture capitalists remain bullish on data analytics startups. Stream processing engine specialist Zoomdata Inc. said Oct. 6 it has raised $17 million in a Series B funding round led by Accel Partners. Zoomdata, Reston, Va., said it would use the funds to accelerate product development while expanding marketing and sales efforts. The startup has come up with a way to use a stream processing engine to analyze historical as well as real-time data. It combines open source stream processing engines Read more…

Peaxy Launches Scalable Data Manager

Sep 30, 2014 |

Data management specialist Peaxy Inc. (pronounced “peak-see”) is targeting the enormous growth of unstructured data in industrial sectors with its Hyperfiler system designed to harness disparate data through controlled access and a “consistent data path.” San Jose-based Peaxy said this week its data management tool targets engineers and analysts who must search for datasets across geographic locations, platforms and storage devices. The unstructured data is then pieced together to aid, for example, the product lifecycle spanning design and simulation. By Read more…

This Just In

Cloudian HyperStore 5.1 Now Available

Jan 20, 2015 |

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Jan. 20 – Cloudian, Inc., the leading provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions, today announced availability of Cloudian HyperStore 5.1 software. HyperStore 5.1 is an enhanced Amazon S3-compliant, plug-and-play hybrid cloud software solution that now features full Apache Hadoop integration. Enterprises can now transform big data into smart data by running Hadoop analytics on HyperStore software and appliances. This in-place analytics, with no need to offload data to other systems for Hadoop analyses, enables customers to derive meaningful business Read more…

WANdisco Releases Non-Stop Hadoop 1.9.10

Dec 9, 2014 |

SAN RAMON, Calif., Dec. 9 — WANdisco, a leading provider of continuous-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data, today announced the release of Non-Stop Hadoop version 1.9.10 with support for Cloudera’s CDH 5.2 and Hortonworks’ HDP 2.2. Non-Stop Hadoop 1.9.10 also introduces an intuitive global administration console with easy-to-configure directory-level selective replication across any combination of any number of data centers. These improvements further enhance Non-Stop Hadoop’s ability to increase performance and reduce costs in global, multi-data Read more…

Simba Introduces ODBC Driver for Spark SQL

Dec 3, 2014 |

VANCOUVER, B.C., Dec. 3 – Today Simba Technologies Inc., the worldwide leader in Big Data connectivity, announced the new Simba Technologies Spark ODBC Driver, an innovative SQL Connector for Apache Spark, the powerful open-source processing engine for Hadoop data built around speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics. The Simba Technologies Spark ODBC Driver brings the strength of Apache Spark to developers, data scientists, and IT leads looking to harness the power of Big Data in the innovative enterprise. “The Apache Spark cluster-computing Read more…

NTT Comware Using MapR Distribution for Hadoop to Power SmartCloud

Nov 24, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 24 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that NTT Comware is using the MapR Distribution including Hadoop to power its new SmartCloud service. Launched earlier this month for customers in Japan, SmartCloud provides Hadoop-as-a-service to leverage its big data processing infrastructure running in the cloud. NTT Comware, which offers carrier-grade and mission-critical capable cloud and hybrid-cloud services, uses the enterprise-grade MapR Distribution to address the rising need for big Read more…

Splice Machine Hadoop RDBMS Now Available

Nov 19, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 19 — Splice Machine, provider of the only Hadoop RDBMS, today announced the general availability of its Hadoop RDBMS, a platform to build real-time, scalable applications without the burdens or costs of a traditional RDBMS. Splice Machine released its Hadoop RDBMS as a public beta offering in May 2014, engaging with over 20 different charter customers on extensive performance and functionality testing. The Company used valuable datasets, queries, and feedback from these customers to guide its development of the Read more…