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‘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…

Tape Gets Second Wind as Big Data Mounts

Sep 16, 2014 |

Think tape is dead in our big data world? Think again. This week, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) announced that it bought 20PB of tape capacity to expand the world’s biggest data archive. Meanwhile, the LTO Program has plotted out a roadmap for the next decade that will eventually see a single LTO tape cartridge storing 120 TB of data. While tape is looked down upon in our speed-obsessed culture, the old standby has proven its relevance in Read more…

News In Brief

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…

MapR Reports Accelerated OpenTSDB Performance

Sep 9, 2014 |

Eyeing new Internet of Things (IoT) applications, MapR Technologies said its open-source distribution of Apache Hadoop “ingested” more than 100 million data points per second. The performance benchmark for the MapR distribution with its in-Hadoop NoSQL database, MapR-DB, was achieved using only four nodes of a ten-node cluster. By accelerating its OpenTSDB software by a factor of 1,000 on a small cluster, MapR claimed the performance clears the way for managing huge amounts of data along with IoT and other Read more…

This Just In

Cloudera Announces Formation of Cloudera Labs

Oct 30, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 30 — Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, announced the formation of Cloudera Labs, a virtual center for fostering innovations in incubation within Cloudera’s engineering R&D, and fast-tracking promising open source initiatives on the leading edge of adoption. The goal of Cloudera Labs is to bring more use cases, productivity, and value to developers by seeking and exploring new solutions to their problems through the development of future standard technologies that will power Read more…

Quantium to Utilize MapR Distribution Including Hadoop

Oct 29, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that Quantium, the leading data analytics firm in Australia, has selected the MapR Distribution including Hadoop to perform rigorous analytics on large and complex data sets to generate rapid business insights for their clients, including many of Australia’s leading companies. Sydney-based Quantium is Australia’s globally recognized leader in the development of data-driven insights and ideas. Quantium is a fast growing company offering services Read more…

New Versions of Splunk Enterprise and Hunk Now Generally Available

Oct 28, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 28 — Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced the general availability (GA) of Splunk Enterprise 6.2, the latest version of the award-winning platform for machine data, and version 6.2 of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop and NoSQL Data Stores. Splunk Enterprise 6.2 delivers simplified analysis and powerful pattern detection that enables more users across IT and the business to discover relationships in their data and build advanced analytics. Hunk is now also Read more…

Fujitsu Unveils ETERNUS CD10000 System

Oct 27, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 27 — As organizations continue to grapple with the problem of how to leverage Big Data as they cross the Petabyte divide, Fujitsu, a leading information, communications, and technology (ICT) company, addresses this issue by introducing the world’s first storage system designed to grow and last as long as the online data it hosts. Leveraging a broad and open storage eco-system, FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS CD10000 helps organizations eliminate the major headaches associated with the exponential growth of data. With Read more…

Nimble Storage Joins Hortonworks Technology Partner Program

Oct 27, 2014 |

Oct. 27 — Nimble Storage, the flash storage solutions company, today announced that it has attained Hortonworks certification and joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner program. Hortonworks is the leading contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop. The Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform enables enterprises to fully leverage Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) implementations to streamline workflows, increase performance by utilizing flash and implement enhanced data protection using sophisticated snapshots — all while lowering total cost of ownership and eliminating complexities associated Read more…