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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…

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…

News In Brief

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…

Data Tools Help Researchers Tackle Pediatric Cancer

Sep 10, 2014 |

A genomic data analysis platform being installed at the National Cancer Institute will deliver rapid analysis of billions of data points required when sequencing human DNA and other genomic data. Translational Genomics Research (TGen) said Sept. 10 it is providing the National Cancer Institute with high performance computing and bioinformatics support along with specialized tools designed to support pediatric cancer research programs. Those efforts include personalized medicine trial for pediatric cancer patients being conducted by the Neuroblastoma and Medulloblastoma Translational Read more…

This Just In

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…

Teradata and MapR Expand Partnership

Nov 19, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO and SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19 — Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company, and MapR Technologies, Inc., a provider of Apache Hadoop, today announced an expanded partnership that covers technology integration, road map alignment, and a unified go-to-market offering. The two companies are optimizing integration of the MapR Distribution within the Teradata Unified Data Architecture, providing customers more choices when combining Teradata’s best-in-class data warehousing with Hadoop, discovery platforms, and NoSQL options to drive analytic innovation. The agreement also provides for Teradata to resell MapR software, Read more…

Cray Adds Cloudera Enterprise to Urika-XA System

Nov 19, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 19 — At the 2014 Strata + Hadoop World Barcelona conference, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Cloudera Enterprise is now pre-integrated into Cray’s new big data analytics appliance — the Cray Urika-XA system. Cloudera Enterprise, the foundation for Cloudera’s enterprise data hub offering, includes Cloudera’s complete and tested distribution of Apache Hadoop. It is the most widely adopted Hadoop-based platform in the world, with Cloudera being the most prolific contributor to the open source Read more…

Seagate Unveils Apache Hadoop on Lustre Connector

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that as part of its continued commitment to open source communities, the contribution of an Apache Hadoop on Lustre Connector. The Hadoop on Lustre Connector improves workflow efficiency by eliminating the need to copy data to the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) prior to running Apache Hadoop jobs. The Hadoop on Lustre Connector also provides an alternative to Hadoop’s reliance on the HDFS file system Read more…

HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop Now Available

Nov 18, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 18 — HP has announced the general availability of HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop, an analytics platform for Hadoop, ushering in a new era of Hadoop economics to the traditional world of enterprise SQL data analytics. Building on HP’s strategic commitment to delivering best-in-class Big Data analytics at extreme performance and scale, HP Vertica for SQL on Hadoop dramatically reduces the complexity of multiple data architectures with a time-tested query engine, backed by HP’s first-class support, Read more…