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How Spark and Hadoop Are Advancing Cancer Research

May 23, 2016 |

The combination of Spark and Hadoop has supercharged big data analysis across many industries and use cases by lowering the barrier of entry to advanced analytics and thereby enabling data scientists to create data-driven products that weren’t previously possible. But one area where Spark and Hadoop are having an especially strong impact revolves around cancer research. Cancer killed about 590,000 Americans last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That makes it the second leading causes of death in Read more…

Apache Foundation Keeps Eyes Wide Open with ODPi

May 20, 2016 |

If you’re looking for controversy in the Apache Hadoop community, you need look no further than the 2015 launch of the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi), which some perceived as an attempt to wrest control of Apache Hadoop from its open source roots. In fact, some Apache Software Foundation (ASF) leaders see potential good coming out of the ODPi, although there are valid concerns about negatives too. Jim Jagielski, a founding member of the ASF and a member of its Read more…

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…

ODPi Offers Olive Branch to Apache Software Foundation

May 11, 2016 |

The rift between the Open Data Platform Initiative (ODPi) and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is on the mend, thanks in part to a peace offering by ODPi, an admission of being indelicate, and a $40,000 check. It may not pacify everybody in the Apache Hadoop community who feel threatened by ODPi’s presence, but at least it’s a start. With its financial commitment, ODPi becomes a gold sponsor in the ASF, which manages 350 open source projects, about 10 percent Read more…

A Big Data App to Help You Travel Safer

Apr 28, 2016 |

Let’s face it: the world is a dangerous place. From terrorist attacks and earthquakes to outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever and pickpockets, there are a thousand ways for an American to stumble into trouble when travelling abroad. Now a new app from Prescient aims to help travelers stay safe by tapping into real-time data feeds, analyzing threats, and sending alerts when users wander too close to danger. Prescient Traveler is a mobile app that functions as a digital concierge for businesspeople, Read more…

News In Brief

MapR Unveils Spark-Only Distro

Jun 6, 2016 |

Big data practitioners who want to get started quickly with Apache Spark but don’t want to mess around with Hadoop may be interested in new software that MapR Technologies announced today. MapR’s new Apache Spark Distribution provides the complete Spark stack, enabling developers to begin building Spark apps that utilize various APIs for batch and stream processing, graph analytics, and SQL. While the software uses YARN as a resource scheduler and MapR’s file system (which borrows from HDFS), there aren’t Read more…

Trifacta Brings Partners Into Data Prep Fold

May 24, 2016 |

The market for self-service data preparation tools is having a golden moment in the sun, with analyst firms like Gartner deciding that it does, in fact, have legs to stand on its own. The health of that market is also why Trifacta today launched a formal business partner program. With the new Wrangler Partner Program, Trifacta aims to bring a variety of types of firm into the self-service data prep fold, including system integrators, consulting firms, software vendors, and Hadoop Read more…

An Open Source Tour de Force at Apache: Big Data 2016

May 11, 2016 |

There’s no question about it: open source drives big data. Some may forget how the big data software we use or write about every day actually gets made. But here at the Apache: Big Data North America conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the well of innovation that is the open source community is on full display. Open source software is fundamental to big data, says Roman Shaposhnik, who runs the Apache Incubator project for the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the Read more…

Hortonworks Grows Revenue 85 Percent

May 4, 2016 |

Hortonworks (NASDAQ: HDP), a much-analyzed stock as the only pure-play Hadoop distributor that’s public, reported $41.3 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2016, an 85 percent increase over the same quarter last year. Support subscription revenue during the quarter was up sharply from $13.1 million to $27.6 million, an increase of 110 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015, which was Hortonworks’ first quarter as a public company following an IPO in late 2014. Professional services revenue Read more…

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…

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.