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Tracking the Rapid Rise in Cloud Data

May 1, 2015 |

In the last year we’ve seen organizations put more and more data in the cloud, but where are they putting all these data? The data cloud boom we’re seeing is the result of a radical change in economics (space in the cloud continues to drastically drop) and improvements in products that store data in the cloud. Additionally, the rise of “the Internet of Things” is generating massive data that needs to be stored somewhere, and perhaps more important accessed from Read more…

Five Reasons Machine Learning Is Moving to the Cloud

Apr 29, 2015 |

Amazon Web Services turned a lot of heads recently when it launched a machine learning platform aimed at making predictive analytics applications easy to build and run, joining cloud juggernauts Microsoft and Google with similar ML offerings. It turns out the cloud is very well-suited for this critical type of big data workload. Here are five reasons why.     1. Machine Learning Is Everywhere If predictive analytics is the killer app for big data, then machine learning is the Read more…

Peek Inside a Hybrid Cloud for Big Genomics Data

Mar 30, 2015 |

Genomics, or the study of human genes, holds an enormous promise to improve the health of people. However, at 80GB to 250GB per sequenced genome, the sheer size of genomics data poses a considerable storage and processing challenge. To keep costs in check, Inova Translational Medical Institute (ITMI) adopted a hybrid cloud architecture for its ongoing genomics studies. ITMI is a branch of the non-profit Inova hospital network in the Washington D.C. area that received 150 million in funding by Read more…

The Hadoop Behind Autodesk’s Cloud Ambitions

Jan 6, 2015 |

Autodesk is best known for AutoCAD, the powerful tool that architects and engineers use to design stuff on beefy workstations and PCs. But like most enterprise software companies, the cloud is beckoning for Autodesk in 2015. Thanks to a big data pipeline anchored by Hadoop, the company has a deeper understanding of customer activity, which positions it well for the cloud era. The transition to a subscription-based business model is well underway at Autodesk. While sales of traditional software licenses Read more…

NoSQL Database Scales to New Heights

Dec 10, 2014 |

Distributed NoSQL databases were designed to scale beyond what relational databases can do. That’s nothing new. But when NoSQL database vendor FoundationDB today announced that latest version 3 database was clocked handling almost 15 million random writes per second, it makes you wonder just how much scalability we might need. The first two releases of the FoundationDB database, which is based on a key-value store engine, maxed out at about 400,000 random writes per second, according to FoundationDB co-founder and Read more…

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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.

Amazon Goes SSD with RedShift ‘Dense Compute Nodes’

Feb 4, 2014 |

Do you have a need for speed in your data warehouse? In January, Amazon rolled out a new version of its Redshift online data store that’s powered by solid state disks (SSD). According to benchmarks, the Dense Compute Nodes proved anywhere from four to eight times faster than the traditional nodes, at the same price level.

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.