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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…

Spark Streaming: What Is It and Who’s Using It?

Nov 30, 2015 |

A recent study of over 1,400 Spark users conducted by Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Spark, showed that compared to 2014, 56 percent more Spark users globally ran Spark Streaming applications in 2015. Additionally, 48 percent of survey respondents noted Spark Streaming as their most-used Spark component. Spark Streaming’s ever-growing user base consists of household names like Uber, Netflix, and Pinterest. This article explores why and how hundreds of companies are leveraging Spark Streaming to accelerate their 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…

Struggling Under Multiple Databases? Get Used To It

Aug 27, 2015 |

Programmers are a fickle bunch. One day they’re all using Java, and the next day Python is the hot new thing. While developers indelibly will dabble in different languages, we’re now seeing them do similar things with databases, particularly those of a NoSQL bent. The database explosion benefits developers, but it’s a headache for the admins tasked with managing the stuff. Time was, you installed the Oracle database and were happy with it, damn it. Oracle defined what you could Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Apache Spark: Now Offered on Amazon EMR

Jun 22, 2015 |

The number of places you can run Apache Spark increases by the week, and last week hosting giant Amazon Web Services announced that it’s now offering Apache Spark on its hosted Hadoop environment. The addition of Spark will give Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR) customers access to another big data processing engine to run, in addition to the ones already running, including Hive, Pig, HBase, Presto, and Impala, among others. While this is not the first time Apache Spark has graced Read more…

Hortonworks Deals to Streamline Hadoop Deployments

Apr 13, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced the acquisition of Sequence IQ, a Hungarian developer of cloud deployment automation tools for Hadoop. Hortonworks, which is hosting its Hadoop Summit Europe in Brussels this week, also shipped a maintenance release of its Hadoop distribution that includes Apache Ambari 2.0 and officially adds Apache Spark to the mix. One of the big challenges customers face when implementing a modern Hadoop cluster is just getting it up and running. It’s not such an issue in small clusters Read more…

Can’t Ignore the Big Data Revolution

Mar 19, 2015 |

A new book titled Big Data Revolution documents the ever-widening impact that big data is having across the business world. “Data is the new intellectual property,” the authors write. “It can be harnessed for advantage or ignored at peril.” In Big Data Revolution: What farmers, doctors and insurance agents teach us about discovering big data patterns, authors Rob Thomas and Patrick McSharry–an IBM vice president and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford–guide the reader through analyses of Read more…

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner

Mar 13, 2014 |

Not long ago, the rules for what constituted a data warehouse were fairly well defined. The schema was fixed, you could say, and was based primarily on relational database technology designed to process structured data. My, how times have changed. Last week, Gartner for the first time accepted non-relational technologies–including those based on Hadoop and NoSQL–in its annual Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouses report.

MapR’s Hadoop Offering the Strongest, Forrester Says

Feb 28, 2014 |

Among Hadoop distributors, MapR Technologies’ product offering is the strongest, Amazon Web Services has the biggest Hadoop market presence, and IBM and Pivotal Software have the best market strategy, according to a new Forrester Wave report released yesterday that slices and dices the Hadoop market and analyzes the various Hadoop product offerings and business strategies.

This Just In

Datawatch Analytics Software Available on AWS

Feb 4, 2014 |

Datawatch Corporation, the leading global provider of visual data discovery solutions, today announced that its next-generation analytics software is now available on AWS Marketplace. Customers using Datawatch on Amazon Web Services (AWS) can enable visual data discovery on any type of data, regardless of size and structure, at real-time speeds.

Tableau Leverages AWS for Big Data Analytics

Nov 15, 2013 |

At the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference, Tableau Software, a global leader in rapid-fire, easy-to-use business analytics software, announced an expansion in its work with AWS with official support for Tableau Server running on the AWS cloud platform, connecting to Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and a new Tableau integrated data connector to Amazon Redshift.