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Re-Platforming the Enterprise, Or Putting Data Back at the Center of the Data Center

Apr 27, 2015 |

The data center as we know it is going through tremendous changes. New technologies being deployed today represent a new stack that will form a strategic data center platform and will significantly reduce hardware and system costs, improve efficiency and productivity of IT resources, and drive flexible application and workload execution. This new stack will also transform an organization’s ability to respond quickly to changing business conditions, competitive threats, and customer opportunities. Before we go any further, let’s stop and Read more…

The Big Data Behind Shell’s Super-Efficient Car Races

Apr 15, 2015 |

Most Americans are interested in the fuel efficiency of automobiles these days, a byproduct of higher gas prices and the growing acceptance of manmade climate change. But for the students who participated in last weekend’s Shell Eco-marathon in Detroit, getting 100 miles per gallon–or even 1,000 MPG–may not be enough to win. More than 1,000 high school and college students from the U.S. Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala descended upon the Motor City last weekend to put their fuel-efficient creations Read more…

Build or Buy? That’s the Big (Data) Question

Apr 8, 2015 |

“You can learn a lot from my failures, maybe,” says Ron Van Holst, an HPC director at Ontario Centres of Excellence. With decades of experience designing and building high-end telecommunications gear and HPC systems, Van Holst has a better grasp on the tradeoffs you’ll make when you choose to build or buy your next big data system. Van Holst was into a little bit of everything when was building telecommunications gear in the 1990s. From the programming languages and the Read more…

Deep Dive Into Oracle’s Emerging Big Data Stack

Apr 6, 2015 |

Oracle has a lot of turf to protect in the multi-billion-dollar relational database market, where it owns a dominant share of the market. That creates a natural tension when it comes to big data technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL, and while the IT giant isn’t embarking upon a wholesale re-architecting its business plan around these emerging open source technologies, it is on its way toward building a comprehensive big data stack that solves many emerging use cases. Oracle has made Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

News In Brief

Tachyon Nexus Gets $7.5M to Productize Big Data File System

Mar 17, 2015 |

Tachyon Nexus, the company founded to productize the Tachyon in-memory file system developed at the AMPlab, has received $7.5 million in venture capital funding from Andreessen Horowitz, the Wall Street Journal reported today. Tachyon is a new distributed file system that aims to dramatically speed the processing of big data analytics applications developed using today’s big data frameworks, including Apache Spark, Apache Shark, Hadoop MapReduce, and Apache Fink. The software, which doctoral student Haoyuan Li first unveiled in 2013, quickly Read more…

Qumulo Comes Out of Stealth with ‘Data-Aware’ Storage

Mar 16, 2015 |

For the past three years, a Seattle company has been working to solve what its founders consider the biggest problem affecting large-scale storage: Actually knowing what data you have and how it’s being used. Today, that company, called Qumulu, emerged from stealth with a product ready to sell. In 2012, Qumulo set out on its mission to solve storage by conducting more than 600 interviews with large-scale storage users—outfits like Hollywood special effects studios, genomic sequencers, and oil and gas Read more…

Survey: Big Data is Disrupting Business as Usual

Mar 11, 2015 |

As an American admiral famously said during the Second World War, “I don’t know what the hell ‘logistics’ is…but I want some of it!” The same could be said for the majority of nervous company’s in a recent big data report in which 65 percent of those surveyed acknowledged they had better figure out how to leverage data analytics or risk becoming irrelevant. Capgemini, the French business consulting firm, commissioned the big data survey along with storage giant EMC Corp. Read more…

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…

This Just In

Zettaset and Utimaco Form Alliance

Apr 21, 2015 |

LOS GATOS, Calif. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 21 — Utimaco, a worldwide leading manufacturer of hardware-based security solutions, and Zettaset, the leader in big data security, today announced a strategic alliance that will provide enterprise customers with a revolutionary data encryption solution optimized for performance and scalability in open-source big data environments such as Hadoop and NoSQL. By integrating Zettaset Secure Hadoop Encryption client software, which encrypts sensitive data, with Utimaco’s CryptoServer hardware security module (HSM), which provides physical protection Read more…

MapR Integrates Hadoop Distribution with Teradata QueryGrid

Apr 20, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced the integration of its utility-grade Hadoop distribution architected for real-time, data-centric enterprises with Teradata QueryGrid, providing best-in-class big data analytics across multiple data sets with a single query. “With tightly integrated software from MapR and Teradata, organizations can create an ‘as-it-happens’ business by gaining instant access to information across the most trusted Hadoop and data warehouse platforms in the market,” said Steve Wooledge, Read more…

Dot Hill Expands Relationship with Teradata

Apr 20, 2015 |

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands and LONGMONT, Colo., April 20 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced it has expanded its relationship with Teradata, the big data analytics and marketing applications company. In the latest collaboration between the two companies, Teradata has integrated the Dot Hill Ultra48 AssuredSAN ultra-density storage array into the newly announced Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2800. Teradata is focused on integrated data warehousing and business applications. Teradata’s innovative products and services deliver Read more…

RealSure Software Unveiled by Dot Hill

Apr 20, 2015 |

LONGMONT, Colo., April 20 — Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today unveiled its RealSure software built on its RealStor next generation storage operating system. This intelligent workload processing software, embedded in Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN storage arrays, guarantees consistent and predictable performance, scaling as the number of analytic queries increases. RealSure software features quality of service (QoS) enhancements that ensure optimized performance for big data analytics in general, as well as in vertical markets such Read more…

StackIQ to Build Production-Ready Hadoop Cluster in Two Hours

Apr 17, 2015 |

SOLANA BEACH, Calif., April 17 — StackIQ, Inc., makers of StackIQ Boss, the Warehouse-grade automation platform for any large-scale server infrastructure, will build an actual commercial Hadoop cluster in two hours as the centerpiece of its new Factory Seminars. The Factory Seminars are events held in major U.S. cities, developed to teach datacenter infrastructure builders and operators how to deploy reliable, any-scale Hadoop and OpenStack infrastructure in less time and without complexity. StackIQ will kick off its Factory Seminars on May Read more…