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Reporter’s Notebook: 6 Key Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World

Apr 5, 2016 |

The big data ecosystem was on full display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose. At the ripe old age of 10, Hadoop is still the driving force, but newer frameworks like Spark and Kafka are gaining steam. Here are some of the top trends your Datanami editor pulled from the show based on observations and discussions with attendees and vendors. Let’s start with the biggest news from Strata, which was the rise of Kafka and Read more…

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…

Neo4j Touts 10x Performance Boost of Graphs on IBM Power FPGAs

Oct 21, 2015 |

Neo Technology today announced that it’s working with IBM to support its graph database on IBM Power8-based servers equipped with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). This will enable customers to run graph databases with hundreds of billions to trillions of edges, thereby tackling a new class of intractable big data problems in bioinformatics, fraud detection, and IoT analytics. In other news, Neo also open sourced a key piece of software. Like most NoSQL database vendors, Neo Technology supports its software Read more…

Teradata Puts Aster in Hadoop for IoT Analytics

Oct 19, 2015 |

The Internet of Things (IoT) is simultaneously a colossal data management challenge and the analytic opportunity of a lifetime. Teradata (NYSE: TDC) addressed both of those today with two product announcements, including an Apache Kafka-based applications for routing IoT data into Hadoop, and the introduction of a Hadoop-native version of its Aster analytics suite. The rapid proliferation of connected devices is changing how we view and interact with the world around us. From smart phones and intelligent thermostats to smart Read more…

AWS Cloud Pact Shows How Far Teradata Has Come

Oct 7, 2015 |

Next year, Teradata will offer its eponymous database as a service on the Amazon Web Services cloud. It will be the first foray onto a public cloud for Teradata, which has come a long way from its proprietary hardware roots. It wasn’t that long ago that all Teradata (NYSE: TDC) deployments required an investment in proprietary hardware by the customer. The company sold its flagship Teradata Database—desired by large companies for its fast analytic processing on large datasets—as a pre-configured Read more…

News In Brief

Tech Startups Wary of Big Data Legal Hassles

May 31, 2016 |

At least part of the technological and political blowback from the recent legal battle between the FBI and Apple over government access to encrypted data is a shift among some Silicon Valley startups away from retaining large amounts of customer and other data. The decision reportedly reflects efforts by nimble tech companies to deploy new tools that would place data such as customer information beyond the reach of government searches. It could also signal the beginning of a transition away Read more…

Big Data Deals Sustain Tech M&A Activity

May 16, 2016 |

Big data analytics drove an estimated 70 percent of merger and acquisition activity during the first quarter of 2016, according to a new survey. EY (formerly Ernst & Young) also reported last week that technology sector deal making “stabilized” during the first three months of this year following the M&A boom of 2015. New York-based EY said Chinese companies were the biggest spenders from January to the end of March with 34 deals, doubling the volume from a year ago Read more…

Database Surge Led by Analytics Apps, Survey Finds

Apr 5, 2016 |

Growing demand for distributed applications and the corresponding adoption of scale-out and cloud databases is expected to fuel growth of Cassandra and other next-generation distributed databases, according to a new survey that also warns that a lack of data backup technologies could hinder deployments. The technology survey released by database backup and recovery vendor Datos IO found that more organizations expect to deploy real-time, high-volume distributed applications on next-generation databases over the next several years. These production deployments focusing primarily Read more…

MongoDB Plans ‘Giant’ Event in June

Mar 8, 2016 |

Senior executives from tech giants Google and IBM along with financial services infrastructure managers are scheduled to deliver keynotes addresses at database vendor MongoDB’s annual conclave in June. MongoDB, Palo Alto, Calif., said this week its list of keynoters also includes Adam Savage, co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters. Other speakers joining Savage include: Eric Brewer, Google’s vice president of infrastructure; Hannah Fry of the Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London; Jeff Chapman, chief architect of Capital Read more…

Russian Bank Funds In-Memory Vendor GridGain

Feb 18, 2016 |

Russia’s largest bank helped lead a funding round disclosed this week by in-memory computing specialist GridGain. Moscow-based Sberbank, an early GridGain customer, led a $15 million funding round along with MoneyTime Ventures. Almaz Capital, which has offices in Silicon Valley and Moscow, along with RTP Ventures, also joined the Series B funding round. RTP, too, has Russian roots. A MoneyTime Ventures partner will join the company’s board. GridGain, Foster City, Calif., said Thursday (Feb. 18) the cash infusion would be Read more…

This Just In

Penguin Computing Unveils FrostByte Storage Solution

Jun 21, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 21 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced FrostByte, the company’s first scalable storage solution for HPC clusters, high-performance Enterprise applications and data intensive analytics. FrostByte is a complete solution that integrates Penguin Computing’s new Scyld FrostByte software with an optimized high-performance storage platform. FrostByte will support multiple open software storage technologies including Lustre, Ceph, GlusterFS and Swift, and will first be available with Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre. Read more…

Cray Named Strong Performer in Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems by Forrester Research

Jun 7, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., June 7 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY) today announced that Forrester Research has named Cray a “strong performer” in The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems, Q2 2016 report. The independent research firm used a 26-point criteria evaluation system that covered current offering, strategy, and market presence in the evaluation of seven leading vendors in the report. Authored by Forrester Research analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna, the Wave report states: “Cray brings its high-performance computing experience to Read more…

Cray Unveils the Urika-GX System

May 24, 2016 |

SEATTLE, Wash., May 24 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the launch of the Cray Urika-GX system — the first agile analytics platform that fuses supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics. The Cray Urika-GX system gives customers unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer. The size, scope, and complexity of big data analytics is exploding and creating problems for customers who Read more…

Ace Computers Rolls Out Big Data HPC Clusters for the Military and Government

May 24, 2016 |

May 24 — Ace Computers and its affiliate Ace Technology Partners just introduced Big Data HPC clusters designed for the unique demands of public sector applications. For federal, state, and local governments and military organizations such as the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, the ability to organize and analyze disparate data quickly and accurately can be key to staying on top of logistical, tactical, and security challenges and staying within budget. Right now, there are three primary factors driving Read more…

HDS Launches New Converged Infrastructure Platforms for SAP HANA Environments

May 17, 2016 |

ORLANDO, Fla., May 17 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), an SAP partner, today announced a series of new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) solutions for SAP HANA environments based on the latest Intel XEON E5 and E7 processors, including the UCP 1000 for SAP HANA, UCP 6000 for SAP S/4HANA, UCP 6000 for SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering, and new analytics capabilities for UCP 6000 for SAP HANA. These new systems and enhancements provide optimized converged infrastructure platforms that allow customers to Read more…