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Is 2016 the Beginning of the End for Big Data?

Jan 5, 2016 |

Part of my job as managing editor of Datanami is to be a hype buster. Over the past five years, the amount of hoopla and hysteria over big data has reached epic proportions at times. That’s why some in the industry are calling for a slowdown in the analytic platitudes, a return to sanity about what big data can really do. Despite my skeptic tendencies, it’s hard not to be optimistic about big data analytics, given its trajectory. If you Read more…

The Algebra of Data Promises a Better Math for Analytics, And More

Dec 14, 2015 |

A company by the name of Algebraix Data is beginning to speak publicly for the first time about the algebra of data, an approach to storing and accessing data that it devised and patented. The company is using its data algebra now to provide big data analytics services to clients, but the uses could be much more far-reaching, including a universal language. When E.F. Codd set out to change how we store and access data in the 1970s, he had Read more…

MapR Introduces Streams to Compete with Kafka

Dec 8, 2015 |

MapR Technologies today unveiled MapR Streams, a new component of its integrated platform designed to move large amounts of data. MapR Streams uses the same publish-and-subscribe technique that underlies Apache Kafka, and is fully compatible with real-time streaming analytics applications such as Apache Storm and Spark Streaming. MapR built streaming data capabilities into its core MapR platform in response to its customers growing needs for real-time analytic functionality. “Companies are no longer satisfied with reporting functions that tell them what happened,” Read more…

Which Type of SSD is Best: SATA, SAS, or PCIe?

Dec 3, 2015 |

So you’ve decided to implement solid state drives (SSDs) to speed up your access to data. That’s great! But now comes the tough part: picking the right drive to use. There are a variety of types of SSDs, including those that use SAS, SATA, and PCI-Express interfaces, all of which carry their own benefits and drawbacks. Implementing a SSD is one of the best ways to make your server run faster. Despite the fact that they cost about 5 times as Read more…

DeepSQL Kicks Evolutionary Genetic Research Into High Gear

Nov 24, 2015 |

The Ruđer Bošković Institute (RBI) in Croatia blasted through a bottleneck in its evolutionary genetic research by implementing a parallelized storage engine for MySQL from Deep Information Sciences that serves genomic data to its analytic computer cluster. RBI is Croatia’s leading scientific institute, with 850 scientists conducting research into various natural and biomedical fields. In particular, its Department of Molecular Biology has created novel ways of looking into how human genes evolved by comparing each human gene to all the Read more…

News In Brief

Survey: Big Data Goes Mainstream

Jan 11, 2016 |

Financial services firms remain the biggest users of big data technologies in the most recent survey of adoption rates for Fortune 1000 companies. However, the annual survey by management consultant NewVantage Partners found that the life sciences and healthcare sectors are rapidly embracing big data, beginning to develop what it called a “robust data management capabilities” akin to those employed by the financial services sector for several decades. “It is clear that Big Data is now mainstream, and even the Read more…

New Databases Help Astronomers Probe the Universe

Jan 7, 2016 |

The observable universe became a bit more manageable this week when international astronomers moved to get their arms around their massive datasets through a partnership with the developers of the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System, or iRODS. Data scientists who developed the open source iRODS framework said it would provide astronomers studying the origins of our galaxy and mysterious dark matter with a better way to query their huge data volumes, store and retrieve data and metadata as well as transport Read more…

Microsoft Joins SnapLogic Investors

Dec 10, 2015 |

SnapLogic Inc., the purveyor of a platform designed to integrate data and applications, said it has completed a Series E funding round that includes Microsoft. Along with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), SnapLogic said Thursday (Dec. 10) its latest funding round that raised $37.5 million also included new investor Silver Lake Waterman. They joined existing investors that include Andreessen Horowitz, Ignition Partners and Triangle Peak Partners. SnapLogic, San Mateo, Calif., said the cash infusion would be used to expand its global operations. Read more…

Startup to Offer Neural Network Training in the Cloud

Dec 7, 2015 |

One of the most time-consuming components of using deep neural networks is training the algorithms to do their jobs. It can often take weeks to train or re-train the network–and that’s after you set it up. A startup called minds.ai today announced how it plans to tackle that problem: by allowing customers to train their neural network on its speed cloud-based GPU cluster. Deep neural networks have recently emerged as a competitive differentiator for organizations hoping to make sense of Read more…

ScaleOut Pushes the Bottleneck in Latest IMDG Update

Dec 2, 2015 |

Each computer architecture, by definition, has a bottleneck that prevents it from performing faster. With the latest release of its in-memory data grid (IMDG) for performing data-parallel analytics, ScaleOut Software has continued to push the bottleneck out of the CPU and put it firmly into the network’s lap. The latest release of ScaleOut StateServer version 5.4 represents the work ScaleOut Software did to eliminate instances of lock contention when running upon multi-core CPUs. As ScaleOut’s CEO and founder Dr. William Read more…

This Just In

Cloudian Releases 2015 Business Highlights

Feb 11, 2016 |

SAN MATEO, Calif., Feb. 11 — Cloudian, Inc., the leader in software-defined smart data storage and the only 100 percent S3 compatible object storage provider, released its 2015 business highlights and outlined its areas of focus for 2016. The company reported a breakout year, which included 300 percent revenue growth, driven by a doubling of its customer base and fivefold increase in data storage within its flagship object storage solution, Cloudian HyperStore. 2015 Cloudian Business Highlights: 300 percent growth in HyperStore revenue Read more…

SUSE and it-novum Collaborate to Enhance Storage Management in Ceph

Feb 11, 2016 |

NUREMBERG and FULDA, Germany, Feb. 11 — SUSE and it-novum today announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of additional Ceph management functionality for openATTIC, which will make deploying enterprise storage solutions easier. openATTIC, an open source software-defined storage management platform sponsored by it‑novum, will be made available as the management front end for future releases of SUSE Enterprise Storage. Powered by Ceph, SUSE Enterprise Storage is a self-managing, self-healing, distributed software-based storage solution for enterprise customers. The collaboration between it-novum and SUSE will Read more…

DDN Joins EnterpriseHPC‘16 as a Diamond Sponsor

Feb 5, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 5 — The EnterpriseHPC’16 summit, the market-leading, live hosted summit dedicated to exploring the emergence of advanced scale computing in commercial settings, today announced that DataDirect Networks (DDN) has joined the summit as a Diamond Sponsor. EnterpriseHPC’16, scheduled for March 20-22, 2016, at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, California, will once again host executives in commercial organizations who are exploring the benefits and associated challenges of scaling their enterprise computing to meet new production Read more…

Booz Allen Hamilton and Hortonworks Align to Advance Business Transformation

Feb 4, 2016 |

MCLEAN, Va., Feb. 4 — Today’s organizations are moving at an unprecedented rate of speed, whether they seek quantum leaps in efficiency and cost-savings or actionable insights into intractable problems. Radical change is the expectation and technology offers the ability to analyze data as never before. As a result, buyers are demanding individualized experiences and enterprise architecture is fundamentally shifting towards an open model. To help clients take advantage of this evolution, management and technology consulting firm and data science leader Read more…

MapR Awarded Patent for Converged Data Platform

Feb 3, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 3 — MapR Technologies, Inc., the provider of the first and only converged data platform, today announced that it has been granted a patent (US9,207,930) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The awarded patent recognizes the company’s fundamental innovation in data architecture that enables real-time and mission-critical application deployments at scale. The patented MapR Platform eliminates data silos through the convergence of open source, enterprise storage, NoSQL, and event streams with unparalleled performance, data protection, Read more…