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Big Data, Big Misnomer

Jul 22, 2015 |

Outside of the data warehouse profession, the phrase “Big Data” is still widely misunderstood. Even Google is confused: a Google search for “define ‘big data’” returns the definition: “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But on a modern laptop with Excel you can easily analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data. Google (a “Big Data” pioneer) should know better. This article looks at Read more…

Solving Hadoop Problems, For Fun and Profit

Jul 6, 2015 |

Things move quickly in the Hadoop world, and keeping up can be hard to do. Just ask Chris Wensel, the creator of the popular open source development tool Cascading and CTO at Concurrent. While Wensel spends many hours keeping Cascading current with every Hadoop release as a service to the community, he’s got bigger fish to fry solving production Hadoop problems in enterprise accounts. “I spend a lot of CPU cycles and dollars on Amazon testing Cascading on every vendor Read more…

Inside WebTrends’ Big Data Analytics Pipeline

Jul 1, 2015 |

WebTrends has been collecting and analyzing Web data on behalf of its customers since it was founded way back in 1993. Considering the exponenetial growth of the Net since then, it’s not a stretch to say WebTrends was doing big data before big data was a “thing.” But following the recent creation of a data analytics pipeline built with technologies like Hadoop, Spark, and Kafka, the company is taking its big data analytic services to a whole new level. WebTrends Read more…

Data Lake Showdown: Object Store or HDFS?

Jun 23, 2015 |

The explosion of data is causing people to rethink their long-term storage strategies. Most agree that distributed systems, one way or another, will be involved. But when it comes down to picking the distributed system–be it a file-based system like HDFS or an object-based file store such as Amazon S3–the agreement ends and the debate begins. The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) has emerged as a top contender for building a data lake. The scalability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of Hadoop Read more…

Ex-Googler Now Helping Cloudera Build Hadoop

Jun 17, 2015 |

Cloudera scored a coup recently when it nabbed former Google executive Daniel Sturman to head up its engineering department. In an interview with Datanami, Sturman explains how he intends to use his experience designing distributed systems at the Internet giant to help evolve Hadoop. Sturman was intimately involved in designing and running the software infrastructure that Google uses to run its massive online business. As vice president of engineering at Google, he led the teams responsible for the Google Compute Read more…

News In Brief

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…

Salesforce Analytics Cloud: Now with More Hadoop

May 28, 2015 |

Salesforce customers who use the vendor’s hosted Wave analytics platform now have an easier way to access data from their on-premise Hadoop clusters and cloud-based big data repositories. Today’s launch of Salesforce Wave for Big Data brings support for systems from Cloudera, Hortonworks, Google, and New Relic, among others. In October, Salesforce launched its Wave Analytics Cloud, a hosted analytics platform designed to give non-technical users in sales, marketing, and service positions access to information that improves sales and boosts Read more…

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

WANdisco Opens Up the Dance Floor Beyond Just Hadoop

Apr 21, 2015 |

WANdisco today launched WANdisco Fusion, its new flagship data replication product for Hadoop. The new software delivers real-time replication of data not just among plain-vanilla Hadoop clusters, but also among HDFS-compatible file systems, such as those used by MapR Technologies, EMC Isilon, Amazon S3, and Teradata. WANdisco made its name in the Hadoop world with NonStop Hadoop, which provided very fast and reliable data replication for enterprises like banks that required strong high availability and disaster recovery capabilities with its 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…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

InfiniDB Joins Hortonworks Technology Partner Program

Apr 24, 2014 |

InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program. InfiniDB will work directly with Hortonworks, the leading contributor and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, to extend the power of InfiniDB products to Hadoop-based applications, enabling big data analytics that drive businesses forward.

Concurrent and Hortonworks Join Forces

Apr 21, 2014 |

Concurrent, Inc., the enterprise data application platform company, and Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today expanded their strategic partnership to simplify enterprise application development for data-centric applications. The Cascading SDK will now be integrated and delivered with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). In addition, Hortonworks will certify, support and deliver Cascading, the most widely used application development framework for data applications on Hadoop.

Hortonworks and Red Hat to Demonstrate Collaboration Progress

Apr 14, 2014 |

Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced the latest addition to its joint engineering alliance with Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, including integration of OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, with Hortonworks Data Platform, bringing Hadoop to the open hybrid cloud. OpenShift integration with Hadoop will be highlighted at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, April 14-17.

Hortonworks Partners with LucidWorks

Apr 3, 2014 |

Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced a strategic partnership with LucidWorks, the company transforming the way people access information, to enable Hortonworks users to access and analyze their data via Solr, the blazingly fast, easy-to-use open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project.