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Leverage Big Data 2015 Yields Insightful Gems

Mar 20, 2015 |

Some of the brightest minds in the big data and HPC communities took the stage this week at Tabor Communications’ second annual Leverage Big Data conference, which took place at the beautiful Ponte Vedra Resort in Florida. From the impact of Hadoop to the cutting edge of FPGA research, attendees shared their big data lessons. Big data is everywhere, said Molly Rector, CMO for DDN, who delivered a keynote Monday night. You may not know it, but whenever you use Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

FPGA System Smokes Spark on Streaming Analytics

Mar 10, 2015 |

Technologists with decades of experience building field-programmable gate array (FPGA) systems for the federal government today unveiled a commercial FPGA offering it claims holds 100x performance advantage over Apache Spark for specific streaming analytic jobs. By all appearances, the Ryft One looks like just another general-purpose X86 Linux server. Indeed, the 1U device sports an Ubuntu OS and Intel processor, largely for purposes of familiarity. But as you dig beyond that generic façade and into its more exotic innards, you’ll Read more…

Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

Feb 26, 2015 |

Let’s face it: big data isn’t easy. If you’re building a big data application today, you’re up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. There’s a reason data scientists are so hard to find that they’re compared to unicorns. But in the future, the big data application assembly process may be dumbed down to the point where, as the insurance commercial says, even a caveman could do it. That’s the approach Read more…

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…

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

Sysorex Announces Partnership with Cloudian

Mar 25, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 25 — Big data software solutions and infrastructure provider Sysorex today announced that it has entered into a partnership with Cloudian, Inc. that will allow Sysorex to offer Cloudian’s HyperStore cloud storage software and appliances as part of Sysorex’s Enterprise Managed Services, Big Data and Private Hybrid Cloud Platform suites. “We are excited about our partner relationship with Cloudian,” said Sysorex Chief Technology Officer Craig Harper. “The ability to incorporate Cloudian’s products into our managed services, cloud Read more…

Atos Launches Self-Service Hadoop Platform

Mar 25, 2015 |

March 25 — Atos, an international leader in digital services, launches the Self-Service Hadoop software platform. It accelerates the digital transformation of enterprises by making available fast and service based, Big Data software components. Originating from strategic innovation of the Internet industry giants, Hadoop and its ecosystem of Big Data technologies are the key to the data architectures of the next generation. They offer distributed storage and a massively scalable data processing platform with a linear price-to-performance ratio. Hadoop enables Read more…

DDN Storage Assists TRIUMF

Mar 24, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 24 — TRIUMF, one of the world’s leading subatomic physics laboratories and Canada’s national laboratory, is using DDN Storage SFA high-performance engine in combination with dCache, a global data distribution service, to help 3,000 scientists at 177 institutions across 38 countries collaborate on major scientific discoveries as part of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). As an ATLAS Tier-1 data centre, TRIUMF stores, processes and distributes around the clock massive amounts of data generated by the experiment. Located at CERN, Read more…

Exar’s AltraHD is Now Certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5

Mar 24, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., March 24 — Exar Corporation, a leading supplier of high-performance integrated circuits and system solutions, today announced the certification of AltraHD hardware accelerated compression solution for Hadoop with the Cloudera Enterprise 5 platform.  Cloudera’s data management platform enables enterprises to use Apache’s open source software to better manage data. AltraHD integrates seamlessly into the Apache Hadoop software stack and automatically compresses all files using the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), as well as all intermediate data.  AltraHD provides up to 2x Read more…

Avnet Enabled Hadoop Offering Released

Mar 18, 2015 |

PHOENIX, Ariz., March 18 — Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today released the Avnet Enabled Hadoop solution, a turn-key package of hardware, integrated software, and one-call maintenance and support service designed to accelerate time-to-value for on-premises big data IT deployments. Avnet Enabled Hadoop changes the game for on-premises Hadoop deployments by combining enterprise-class servers, storage, network, OS and Hadoop software into a fully integrated, validated, optimized and tested package. The integrated solution Read more…