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SnappyData Gets Funded for Spark-GemFire Combo

Apr 27, 2016 |

SnappyData today announced it has received $3.65 million in Series A funding to build a business around its real-time analytics platform that combines Apache Spark, Pivotal’s GemFire data grid, and an innovative data approximation method that makes big data more manageable. SnappyData was spun out of Pivotal earlier this year to pursue development of its technology platform, which essentially combines the data manipulation capabilities of Apache Spark and Spark Streaming, the in-memory persistence of the GemFire’s data grid, and an Read more…

Merging Big Data Analytics Into the Business Fastlane

Apr 20, 2016 |

The abundance of big new data types is creating a feeding frenzy among companies as they gorge themselves at a veritable smorgasbord of information. In every industry, entrepreneurs are trying out new ways to harness big data for competitive advantage. But going from data science project to actionable insight is not as easy as it sounds, and the smart approach demands pragmatic solutions. There are good reasons to be excited about the big data phenomenon. We’re smack dab in the Read more…

Can Big Data Deliver on the Huge Expectations of Precision Medicine?

Apr 18, 2016 |

Big data can do a lot of things. But can it allow doctors to create drugs that are tailor-made to your genes, reduce the cost of healthcare for a billion people, and let us all live to 150? Only time will tell, but there are certainly those in the industry, like Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson, who are bullish on big data’s potential to create a healthcare renaissance through precision medicine. There are many ways big data technologies are creeping into Read more…

How Intuit Personalizes TurboTax Experiences with Big Data

Apr 15, 2016 |

If you’re like millions of Americans who use TurboTax, you know how the program makes preparing your individual tax return easy—at least compared to actually reading and understanding the 70,000-page tax code. What you may not know is that your particular experience with TurboTax is unique, and that experience is driven by how Intuit crunches big data. Income taxes aren’t due until April 18, thanks to the Federal Government’s wise decision not to let taxes ruin a perfectly good Friday. Read more…

Inside the Panama Papers: How Cloud Analytics Made It All Possible

Apr 7, 2016 |

In late 2014, an anonymous person offered to send a German journalist 11.5 million encrypted documents detailing the structure of offshore business entities created and managed by a Panamanian law firm in the world’s most notorious tax havens. The massive data set was simply too big for one reporter to comprehend. But thanks to the power of big data analytics running in the cloud, a large team of journalists started piecing it together. This is the story of how the Read more…

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Exascale Storage Targets Big Data Archives

Apr 21, 2016 |

With exascale computing comes the requirement for exascale storage. Such a storage platform has emerged in the form of what is touted as the largest capacity tape storage library aimed initially at media and entertainment companies but also targeting HPC applications. Spectra Logic of Boulder, Colo., unveiled its exascale tape storage system at this week’s National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show—hence, the media emphasis. However, Spectra Logic has previously worked with NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division at its Ames Research Read more…

Storage Approach Mimics DNA in Fossils

Apr 11, 2016 |

Researchers in Switzerland focusing on biological storage mechanisms say they have demonstrated a way to store and retrieve data in the form of genetic material. Investigators at ETH Zurich sought to leverage DNA’s ability to store large amounts of information in a compact way while overcoming errors encountered in retrieving data due to chemical degradation and mistakes in DNA sequencing. To overcome gaps and false information in encoded data, they encapsulated segments of DNA where information was stored in silica, Read more…

Transactional Streaming? You Need State

Mar 28, 2016 |

The distinction between traditional operational systems and event/stream processing has begun to blur. Stream-oriented approaches offer novel ways to build applications that yesterday would have used a more traditional stack, such as LAMP or something similar. Rather than have monolithic clients fetch, process and update data over a network, developers are building pipelines that push data through fixed processing. It’s easier to scale, easier to reason about and is friendly to federated architectures and the super-trendy microservices. This new world Read more…

Resolving Hadoop’s Storage Gap

Mar 28, 2016 |

Over the past several years, the Hadoop ecosystem has made great strides in its real-time access capabilities, narrowing the gap compared to traditional database technologies. With systems such as Impala and Spark, analysts can now run complex queries or jobs over large datasets within a matter of seconds. With systems such as Apache HBase and Apache Phoenix, applications can achieve millisecond-scale random access to arbitrarily-sized datasets. These improvements have allowed Hadoop to expand the set of applications for which it Read more…

Google Releases Cloud Processor For Hadoop, Spark

Feb 24, 2016 |

Google took the wraps off of its managed Apache Hadoop and Spark service this week, saying its cloud data processing platform is intended to reduce the cost and ease management of processing big datasets. Cloud Dataproc, which moved from beta testing to general availability on Monday (Feb. 22), is designed to quickly spin-up clusters that can be resized from three to 300 nodes, according the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG, GOOGL). The automation tool is intended to shift users’ focus from data Read more…

This Just In

Technavio Releases New Global Big Data Infrastructure Market Report

Apr 26, 2016 |

LONDON, U.K., April 26 — According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global big data infrastructure market is projected to grow at a striking CAGR of more than 33% during the forecast period to reach USD 26.95 billion by 2020. This research report titled ‘Global Big Data Infrastructure Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments Read more…

Talend Big Data Integration Now Supports Cloudera Navigator

Apr 21, 2016 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 21 — Talend, a global leader in big data integration software, today announced that Talend Big Data Integration now supports Cloudera Navigator. This integration enables end-to-end data governance on Apache Hadoop, including field-level data lineage and impact analysis. Today, an increasing number of organizations are subject to government regulations or greater internal data controls. Talend’s integration with Cloudera Navigator enables these companies to monitor, audit and understand data access on Apache Hadoop just as they do on traditional data warehouses, without compromising Read more…

DDN Announces Upsurge in WOS Adoption

Apr 19, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 19 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced a year of unprecedented growth in the usage of its advanced WOS object storage platform. In less than a year, use of the company’s object storage solutions have grown by more than 150 percent to 500+ billion objects in production. Fast-paced growth and strong demand for scale-out storage clouds have propelled DDN’s WOS to one of the industry’s top solutions based on the number of objects in production and have fortified Read more…

Hortonworks and Syncsort Partner to Provide Optimized ETL Onboarding for Hadoop

Apr 12, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DUBLIN, Ireland, April 12 — Hortonworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDP), a leading innovator of open and connected data platforms, today announced it has expanded its partnership with Syncsort, a global leader in Big Data and mainframe software, to deliver an integrated solution to help customers quickly and efficiently migrate data onto Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks will resell Syncsort’s DMX-h for onboarding ETL processing in Hadoop. With this partnership, Hortonworks and Syncsort are providing a trusted solution Read more…

DARZ Makes Secure Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud a Reality With NetApp Private Storage

Apr 6, 2016 |

April 6 — “NetApp Private Storage as a Service helps us meet Germany’s strict data security requirements so that we can maintain the trust of our customers,” said Holger Kärcher, CEO and founder of Helpium, and a client of service provider DARZ. “We can tell them exactly where their data lives and who is managing it. If anything should happen to one of our cloud providers, we still con¬trol our customers’ data. I don’t have to worry about losing control Read more…