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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…

When Big Data Becomes Too Much Data

Oct 27, 2014 |

About 2.5 exabytes of data will be generated today, or roughly the amount of data that was generated from the dawn of time until 2004. What’s in there, and will any of it be useful? The reality is the amount of data is so vast, its quality so dubious, and our abilities so relatively weak that most of it will have no impact whatsoever. In a perfect world, each additional byte of data we generate and absorb would shave a Read more…

Today’s Baseball Analytics Make Moneyball Look Like Child’s Play

Oct 24, 2014 |

Baseball has always been a game of numbers and statistics. But thanks to an explosion of data over the past seven years and the advent of new analytic software running on supercomputers, the game is on the cusp of changes that will make Moneyball look like it belongs in the minor leagues. When the San Francisco Giants take the field against the Kansas City Royals in game three of the World Series tonight, you can bet that the choices made 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…

Teradata Edges Closer To Hadoop

Oct 9, 2014 |

Teradata made a major advance into the Hadoop ecosystem today with a series of announcements, including a new Hadoop cloud service, a data lineage tracking tool for HDFS called Loom, and a new reseller agreement with Cloudera, to go along with its existing one with Hortonworks. The mainstream thinking in the Hadoop environment seems to have the big yellow pachyderm eating Teradata‘s lunch. It’s inevitable, the reasoning goes, that customers will move their big data warehousing workloads from expensive Teradata Read more…

News In Brief

Hadoop RDBMS Ready for Primetime

Nov 19, 2014 |

Targeting database architects and application developers, Splice Machine Inc. announced general availability this week of its Hadoop database that had been in beta testing since May. The Hadoop relational database management system is designed to reduce the costs of developing real-time applications by, for example, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary hardware. The relational database for operational applications is being positioned as a replacement for Oracle and MySQL databases that might be running out of steam or are becoming too Read more…

Data Science Helps Troubleshoot the Datacenter

Oct 29, 2014 |

Data science is being enlisted to help troubleshoot scaled-up IT infrastructure. A data science platform unveiled this week by startup BigPanda seeks to use analytics to automate the increasingly complicated task of IT incident management. BigPanda said its platform analyzes the steady stream of daily IT alerts and essentially triages them into high-level alerts. The startup based in Mt. View, Calif., also announced a $7 million Series A funding round that will be used to accelerate data science product development. Read more…

Machine Learning Gets a Boost from Google

Oct 23, 2014 |

Search giant Google announced a partnership with Oxford University researchers that will target artificial intelligence applications such as image recognition and natural language understanding. Google said U.K. researchers with its recently acquired DeepMind initiative would work with Oxford AI specialists who earlier this year cofounded Dark Blue Labs. The cofounders, Nando de Freitas, Phil Blunson, Edward Grefenstette and Karl Moritz Hermann, are considering leading experts in the use of “deep learning” for machine understanding of natural language. The researchers “will Read more…

Survey: Mega-Vendors Still Dominate Database Management Market

Oct 22, 2014 |

Industry analyst Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” survey of the operational database management systems market found a widening gap between market leaders and niche players, identifying only one “challenger,” MongoDB, and a handful of “visionary” DBMS companies. The latter category, according to the annual Gartner survey, includes DataStax, Couchbase and Aerospike, in that order. Heavy hitters Oracle, Microsoft, SAP and IBM continue to dominate the data base management market with four others trying to keep pace among the industry leaders: Intersystems, EnterpriseDB, Read more…

BI Startup Numerify Raises Another $15M

Sep 24, 2014 |

Cloud business intelligence startup Numerify said Sept. 24 it has raised an additional $15 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Numerify said it has so far raised more than $23 million in two funding rounds. The cloud-based analytics company based in Cupertino, Calif., emerged from stealth mode in April with the launch of a business analytics platform designed to improve IT operations by scanning IT service records and asset data. The startup claims to Read more…

This Just In

PHG Utilizing Tokutek’s TokuMX

Dec 2, 2014 |

LEXINGTON, Mass., Dec. 2 — Tokutek, delivering database performance at scale, today announced that Performance Horizon Group (PHG), a leading provider of partner marketing solutions for enterprises, has achieved significant capacity and performance improvements with TokuMX, the Tokutek distribution of MongoDB. Tokutek also has published a full case study “PHG Meets Capacity and Performance Challenges with TokuMX.” Performance Horizon Group provides a world-class affiliate marketing and partner management platform that enables large enterprises to connect directly with their online and mobile publishers at scale, Read more…

Cray Adds Cloudera Enterprise to Urika-XA System

Nov 19, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 19 — At the 2014 Strata + Hadoop World Barcelona conference, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Cloudera Enterprise is now pre-integrated into Cray’s new big data analytics appliance — the Cray Urika-XA system. Cloudera Enterprise, the foundation for Cloudera’s enterprise data hub offering, includes Cloudera’s complete and tested distribution of Apache Hadoop. It is the most widely adopted Hadoop-based platform in the world, with Cloudera being the most prolific contributor to the open source Read more…

Seagate Announces ClusterStor Hadoop Workflow Accelerator

Nov 17, 2014 |

CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 17 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced availability of the ClusterStor Hadoop Workflow Accelerator, a new solution providing the tools, services, and support for High Performance Computing (HPC) customers who need the best performing storage systems for Big Data Analytics. The Hadoop Workflow Accelerator is a set of Hadoop optimization tools, services and support that leverages and enhances the performance of ClusterStor™, the market leading scale-out storage system, designed for Big Data Read more…

X-ISS Announces New Release of DecisionHPC Analytics Software

Nov 11, 2014 |

HOUSTON, Tex., Nov. 11 – eXcellence in IS Solutions Inc. (X-ISS), a provider of High Performance Computing and Big Data solutions, today announced Version 14.2 of its DecisionHPC business analytics software. New functionality gives DecisionHPC clients greater customization, improved usability, and easier access to critical cluster performance information. X-ISS will officially release DecisionHPC 14.2 by year end and will be demonstrating several of the new capabilities in booth #3760 at SC14, an international conference of the HPC industry being held November 16-21, Read more…

Advancements Made to Teradata Database

Oct 20, 2014 |

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 20 – Teradata Corp., the big data analytics and marketing applications company, today announced engineering advancements to the Teradata Database that deliver analytic performance and system efficiency through new memory and CPU optimizations. These enhancements strengthen Teradata’s approach to in-memory computing and enable customers to seamlessly and automatically realize the greatest benefit from their investment in memory. “Teradata is relentlessly dedicated to engineering a smarter, simpler way to leverage memory and CPU to drive performance,” said Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs. Read more…