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Data Gravity Pulls to the Cloud

May 16, 2016 |

Last month, Spotify grabbed headlines by announcing plans to get rid of its data centers and move onto Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP), claiming that the storage, compute and network services in the cloud are as high quality as on-premise alternatives. While few people take a second look at a digital-native company choosing to store data in the cloud, it seems to be generally accepted that for certain companies and industries, the cloud just isn’t a fit. Hadoop distribution vendors like Cloudera and Read more…

Inside the Analytic Transformation of Pitney Bowes

Apr 28, 2016 |

Who is Pitney Bowes? For some, the 96-year-old company is synonymous with 20th century technology, like mailing machines and postage meters. But after Tuesday’s launch of its new Commerce Cloud, it’s clear the company sees its future helping small and midsize businesses better navigate the global commerce, with data and analytics playing key roles. Tuesday’s launch of the Commerce Cloud is the culmination of several years of work to remake Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PTI) into a modern digital organization. Yes, the Read more…

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…

Meet Alluxio, the Distributed File System Formerly Known as Tachyon

Feb 23, 2016 |

Today marks the availability of Alluxio 1.0, the first major release of the memory-centric, virtual distributed file system formerly known as Tachyon. The graduate of UC Berkeley’s AMPLab is already being used to manage petabytes of production storage at companies like Barclays, Alibaba, and Baidu, and now its creator, Haoyuan Li, says Alluxio is ready to spread its wings in the bigger big data world. Li started developing Tachyon four years ago under AMPLab advisors Ion Stoicia and Scott Shenker 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…

News In Brief

Data Warehouse Market Ripe for Disruption, Gartner Says

Mar 14, 2016 |

While mega-vendors with names like IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) continue to lead the data warehousing space, shifts in the market are creating opportunities for smaller vendors to innovate in areas like cloud deployments and streaming data, Gartner says in its latest Magic Quadrant report. Disruption is accelerating in the market for data warehousing solutions, Gartner says in its February report. New requirements–such as the need to store and analyze an increasingly diverse array of data types–are leading Read more…

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.

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.