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Where Does Spark Go From Here?

Jul 11, 2014 |

The excitement behind Apache Spark reached an apex last week during the 2014 Spark Summit put on by Databricks, the company behind the in-memory analytics phenomenon. With a large community of users and growing support from software vendors, the future for Spark certainly appears bright. But there’s a large amount of work ahead to fulfill the promise of Spark, including hardening various components. Providing an easier-to-use alternative to MapReduce is the first use case for Spark, which is said to Read more…

Hadoop Security: Still a Lot of Work to Do

Jun 24, 2014 |

Hadoop is quickly gaining momentum as the foundation for a new class of massively parallel applications that works against petabytes of data. But as customers grow their test clusters beyond a handful of nodes, and with the bad taste of the Target breach still hanging around, the lack of security controls threatens to derail large production Hadoop deployments. Hadoop comes from open source, and there’s no shortage of open source Apache projects aimed at building security functionality into the core Read more…

Moving Beyond ‘Traditional’ Hadoop: What Comes Next?

Jun 5, 2014 |

The phrase “traditional Hadoop” was heard early and often at this week’s 2014 Hadoop Summit. While first-generation Hadoop technologies unlocked previously unseen potential in big data sets, it pales in comparison to what we’ll see with second-gen Hadoop, we’re told. Hope springs eternal in Silicon Valley, where tech’s brightest minds make huge fortunes changing the world and “having the courage to re-imagine the future” is a personal trait as common as liking children and small animals. So when you bring Read more…

Hadoop-based RDBMS Now Available from Splice

May 12, 2014 |

Splice Machine today announced the commercial availability of its relational database management system (RDBMS) for Hadoop. By building a SQL-compliant RDBMS atop HBase, Splice Machine is giving customers another place to run workloads that are reaching the limits of standard databases running on commodity hardware. When you think about Hadoop, chances are good that you think about analytic workloads running against large amounts of semi-structured data. It’s for doing data mining against Web logs or running pattern matching algorithms against Read more…

Why Hadoop on IBM Power

May 12, 2014 |

In the quest to achieve data-driven insight, Hadoop running on Intel X86-based processors has emerged as a defacto standard. But X86 is not the only game in town, and before the book on Hadoop is written, IBM would like to say a thing or two about the virtues of running Hadoop on its Power processor. Unlike most enterprise software markets over the past 30 years, the combination of hardware architecture and operating system is almost completely absent from the Hadoop Read more…

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IBM Presides Over ‘Marriages Made with Data’

Jun 11, 2014 |

Just when it seemed all the possible marketing applications of big data analytics were exhausted, one of India’s “leading matrimony portals,” announced it is using IBM big data technologies “to match potential partners faster.” “We are the gateway to Happy Marriages,” the Matrimony.com site declares. India’s “signature internet conglomerate” also operates AssistedMatrimony.com, EliteMatrimony.com, CommunityMatrimony.com and MatrimonyGifts.com. The partners promise matrimonial bliss through “marriages made with data.” The Indian matchmaker claims 8,000 new members a day. As for results, it further Read more…

IBM Joins with Universities to Push Data Analytics

May 14, 2014 |

Big data is making inroads into U.S. university science and engineering curricula as major players like IBM team up with research institutions. For starters, Ohio State University announced this week it would introduce a new undergraduate major in data analytics beginning in the fall semester. Ohio State claims the interdisciplinary major is the first of its kind being offered by a major U.S. university. Also this week, IBM said it is partnering with seven U.S. universities to offer courses on Read more…

Big Data Helps Personalize Cancer Treatments

May 1, 2014 |

There’s a new tool in the fight against cancer and other diseases with a DNA link: big data.

DOD Health Care Competition Attracts Big Data Players

Apr 29, 2014 |

A pending Defense Department solicitation for a massive health care management system is touching off a scramble among federal contractors and medical IT specialists who would have to find ways to apply data analytics techniques to a huge Pentagon health records database.

Data Analytics Used To ID At-Risk Heart Patients

Apr 11, 2014 |

A pilot project using predictive modeling of data, some of it “unstructured,” in electronic medical records helped identify thousands of patients in a Virginia health network at risk for developing heart failure.

This Just In

Forrester Research Recognizes IBM as a Leader in Big Data Hadoop Solutions

May 2, 2014 |

IBM today announced that Forrester Research has recognized IBM as a leader in Big Data Hadoop Solutions and cited its advanced analytics tools, global presence, and implementation services.

IBM Unveils New Power Systems Servers

Apr 24, 2014 |

IBM today debuted new Power Systems servers that allow data centers to manage staggering data requirements with unprecedented speed, all built on an open server platform. In a move that sharply contrasts other chip and server manufacturers’ proprietary business models, IBM through the OpenPOWER Foundation, released detailed technical specifications for its POWER8 processor, inviting collaborators and competitors alike to innovate on the processor and server platform, providing a catalyst for new innovation.

IBM Creates Big Data & Business Analytics Center in Greece

Apr 15, 2014 |

IBM has announced that it will establish a new Big Data and Business Analytics Center of Competence in Athens, Greece advancing its ability to deliver Big Data and Business Analytics technical and consulting capabilities in the region, drawing on an emerging generation of highly skilled local expertise.

Head of IBM Analytics Product Strategy Joins Pentaho

Apr 1, 2014 |

Delivering the future of analytics , Pentaho Corporation today announced that it has hired Christopher Dziekan as the company’s chief product officer. Reporting directly to chairman and CEO Quentin Gallivan, Dziekan will lead Pentaho’s effort to define future market requirements and drive the next wave of innovation around governed, blended big data discovery and advanced analytics.

BMW Deploying IBM Big Data & Analytics Technology

Mar 11, 2014 |

At the CeBIT exhibition in Hannover, IBM announced today that premium car manufacturer BMW Group is deploying IBM Big Data & Analytics technology to optimize products, repairs and maintenance. The use of predictive analytics helps to detect and fix vulnerabilities before new models are launched – and long before they might cause problems in series production.