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Five Reasons for Leaving Your Data Where It Is

Aug 25, 2015 |

Not a week goes by without a major story about vulnerable data in the hands of the wrong people. Whether it’s a data breech at a government agency or global retailer exposing financial information, cloud service providers like Microsoft, Google and Amazon battling government agencies over access to data, or potential HIPAA violations resulting from compromised health data, we are constantly reminded that, unfortunately, people are after our data – and they’ve gotten pretty good at getting it. Despite this, Read more…

Teradata Supports CDH and HDP with New Hadoop Appliance

Jul 9, 2015 |

Teradata today announced that customers can get its Hadoop Appliance pre-loaded with a distribution from either Cloudera or Hortonworks. The fifth generation of the analytics giant’s appliance also features more configuration options, including different types of nodes designed to run different workloads. Even though Hadoop was designed to run on low-cost, commodity Lintel servers that most IT folks are familiar with, some customers still don’t want to deal with the cost and hassle of procuring their own cluster to get Read more…

Going In-Memory? Consider These Three Things First

Jun 25, 2015 |

Businesses, large and small, know that if they aren’t using the data they collect in some kind of intelligent way, their companies will be out of business in a few short years. Quickly turning data into business insights is downright essential to increasing and retaining customers as well as delivering new products and services. You know how online retailers have those flash sales and replace items that have sold out with similar ones as shoppers are viewing the screen? They Read more…

Hadoop Opportunity ‘Never Been Bigger’ Says Hortonworks CEO

Jun 9, 2015 |

Don’t be fooled by the Hadoop naysayers, Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden told an audience at the Hadoop Summit yesterday. “The opportunity has never been bigger,” he said. “We may never have an opportunity this big again in our careers.” Bearden delivered a positive and energetic keynote address at the Hadoop Summit, which drew about 4,000 attendees to the San Jose convention center, Hortonworks‘ biggest show of the year. The technology veteran set an optimistic tone with his comments, but he Read more…

Five Ways Big Genomic Data Is Making Us Healthier

Jun 3, 2015 |

We’ve come a long ways since the human genome was first decoded 13 years ago. Thanks to continued advances in high performance computing and distributed data analytics, doctors and computer scientists are finding innovative new ways to use genetic data to improve our health. The economics of genetic testing is creating a flood of genomic data. The Human Genome Project took over a decade and cost $3 billion, but today whole-genome tests from Illumina can now be had in a Read more…

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McKinsey: Hype understates value of IoT data

Aug 24, 2015 |

Growing skepticism in reaction to the endless hype about the Internet of Things has spawned yet another IoT forecast that actually embraces the hoopla by concluding that the “hype may actually understate the full potential of the Internet of Things.” Not usually given to hyperbole, the staid management consultant McKinsey & Co. attributes that assertion to several key findings centered on leveraging the massive amounts of data expected to be generated by the IoT: “Most of the IoT data collected Read more…

Security Survey: Huge Datasets Exposed Online

Aug 18, 2015 |

An estimated 1.1 petabytes of data related to a handful of databases, search engines and other caching technologies is exposed online, a data security startup reports. A key security flaw centers on default settings that lack basic configurations for authentication, encryption, authorization or other security controls. BinaryEdge, a security services startup based on Zurich, Switzerland, said its Internet data exposure survey looked at four representative technologies the company regularly uses: MongoDB; the key-value cache and store technology Redis; Memcached, the Read more…

Health Alliance Looks to Leverage, Secure Patient Data

Aug 3, 2015 |

The health care IT sector is attracting major players as companies chasing lucrative government contracts form partnerships that combine big data technologies to improve public health while harnessing advances in genomic research and securing patient medical information. In the latest example, military contracting giant Lockheed Martin has formed a Healthcare Technology Alliance that would among other things leverage big data analytics while at the same time securing patient medical information. Lockheed Martin has been steadily shifting to new IT markets Read more…

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Univa Gives ‘Pause’ to Big Data Apps

Jul 14, 2015 |

Scheduling workloads on today’s big analytic clusters can be a big challenge. Your team may have carefully everything lined up, only to have a last-minute change leave your schedule in shambles. One company that’s close to a solution is Univa, which today announced the addition of its “preemption” feature that allows admins to momentarily “pause” workloads so they can run a higher priority application. Historically, admins were loathe to stop HPC or big data jobs before they ended, because it could Read more…

This Just In

Seagate to Acquire Dot Hill Systems

Aug 19, 2015 |

CUPERTINO, Calif. and LONGMONT, Colo., Aug. 19 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, and Dot Hill Systems Corp., a trusted supplier of innovative software and hardware storage systems, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Seagate will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Dot Hill in an all-cash transaction valued at $9.75 per share, or a total of approximately $694 million on Read more…

Huawei Unveils New Products at IDF 2015

Aug 18, 2015 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 18 — Huawei today debuted three new models of its FusionServer series for Big Data, and a prototype of an all-in-one accelerator for Apache Spark, at the Intel Developers Forum 2015, taking place in San Francisco from August 18 to 20. The three models of the Huawei FusionServer X6800 series will allow enterprises to customize their infrastructure to meet specific Big Data needs, such as increased speed, massive storage capacity, or computing power. The X6800 is ideal for various service applications that address Read more…

HP Unveils New Big Data Products, Services, and Programs

Aug 11, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 11 — HP today unveiled a series of new products, services, and programs designed to help organizations leverage data and analytics to build new products and experiences, run more efficiently, and differentiate against the competition. At today’s HP Big Data Conference in Boston, the company announced: A new release of HP Vertica, which will feature data streaming and advanced log file text search to power high-speed analytics on Internet of Things (IoT) data. Extensive support for and contributions to open Read more…

SGI UV 300H Certified by SAP to Run SAP HANA

Jul 29, 2015 |

MILPITAS, Calif., July 29 — SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced its SGI UV 300H is now SAP certified to run the SAP HANA platform in controlled availability at 20-sockets — delivering up to 15 terabytes (TB) of in-memory computing capacity in a single node. Asserting the value of key enhancements in support package stack 10 (SPS10) for SAP HANA and SAP’s close collaboration with system providers, SGI UV 300H delivers outstanding single-node Read more…

SANS Big Data Survey and Research Report Now Available

Jun 11, 2015 |

BETHESDA, Md. and PALO ALTO, Calif., June 11 — SANS, the global leader in information security training and analysis, today announced availability of its first survey and research report identifying how often organizations ranging from enterprises to government agencies are utilizing big data systems, what the associated security challenges are, and how risks can be easily mitigated. Sponsored by Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, the study was authored by SANS Analyst Barbara Filkins, with SANS Director of Read more…