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Which Type of SSD is Best: SATA, SAS, or PCIe?

Dec 3, 2015 |

So you’ve decided to implement solid state drives (SSDs) to speed up your access to data. That’s great! But now comes the tough part: picking the right drive to use. There are a variety of types of SSDs, including those that use SAS, SATA, and PCI-Express interfaces, all of which carry their own benefits and drawbacks. Implementing a SSD is one of the best ways to make your server run faster. Despite the fact that they cost about 5 times as Read more…

AWS Cloud Pact Shows How Far Teradata Has Come

Oct 7, 2015 |

Next year, Teradata will offer its eponymous database as a service on the Amazon Web Services cloud. It will be the first foray onto a public cloud for Teradata, which has come a long way from its proprietary hardware roots. It wasn’t that long ago that all Teradata (NYSE: TDC) deployments required an investment in proprietary hardware by the customer. The company sold its flagship Teradata Database—desired by large companies for its fast analytic processing on large datasets—as a pre-configured Read more…

BI’s Inflection Point: The New Fast Data Exploration Mandate

Sep 30, 2015 |

Intel (INTC)’s Andy Grove famously wrote and spoke about the difference between ordinary change and a strategic inflection point (SIP) with significant impact to the health and survival of an organization. He defined strategic inflection points by the magnitude of impact on a business, quantifying them mathematically as a 10X change that the business has been accustomed to. Grove also noted that SIPs aren’t only technology driven, but can be precipitated by new or shifting competition, new channels of distribution, Read more…

Medical Insight Set to Flow from Semantic Data Lakes

Aug 26, 2015 |

The potential for data analytics to disrupt healthcare delivery is large, and getting larger by the day. But in many cases, the need to hammer data into a structured format creates a barrier to productivity. Now a hospital chain in New York City is hoping to change that by adopting a Hadoop-based semantic data lake. Located in the Bronx, Montefiore Health System is the first hospital to implement a semantic data lake as part of the New York City Clinical Read more…

Does InfiniBand Have a Future on Hadoop?

Aug 4, 2015 |

Hadoop was created to run on cheap commodity computers connected by slow Ethernet networks. But as Hadoop clusters get bigger and organizations press the upper limits of performance, they’re finding that specialized gear, such as solid state drives and InfiniBand networks, can pay dividends. InfiniBand was released to the world in 2000 as a faster networking protocol than TCP/IP, the primary protocol used in Ethernet networks. Thanks to its use Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), InfiniBand allows a computer to Read more…

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Startup to Offer Neural Network Training in the Cloud

Dec 7, 2015 |

One of the most time-consuming components of using deep neural networks is training the algorithms to do their jobs. It can often take weeks to train or re-train the network–and that’s after you set it up. A startup called minds.ai today announced how it plans to tackle that problem: by allowing customers to train their neural network on its speed cloud-based GPU cluster. Deep neural networks have recently emerged as a competitive differentiator for organizations hoping to make sense of Read more…

ScaleOut Pushes the Bottleneck in Latest IMDG Update

Dec 2, 2015 |

Each computer architecture, by definition, has a bottleneck that prevents it from performing faster. With the latest release of its in-memory data grid (IMDG) for performing data-parallel analytics, ScaleOut Software has continued to push the bottleneck out of the CPU and put it firmly into the network’s lap. The latest release of ScaleOut StateServer version 5.4 represents the work ScaleOut Software did to eliminate instances of lock contention when running upon multi-core CPUs. As ScaleOut’s CEO and founder Dr. William Read more…

Hortonworks Preps for Coming IoT Device Storm

Oct 30, 2015 |

The masses may not be getting flying cars or personal robots anytime soon, but thanks to connected devices, the future of technology is definitely bright. From smart refrigerators and wireless BBQ sensors to connected turbines and semi-trucks, the Internet of Things (IoT) will have a huge impact on consumer and industrial tech. However, managing hundreds of billions of devices—not to mention the data they generate–will not be easy, which is why Hadoop distributor Hortonworks is taking pains to prepare for Read more…

Intel Says Upgraded Haswells Will Speed Analytics

May 5, 2015 |

The new Xeon processors unveiled today by Intel will find their way into a number of applications. But one of the most prominent uses will be powering the next-generation of real-time analytics, the chip giant says. Encryption in Hadoop will also get a boost. Intel processors already run the lion’s share of big data workloads, thanks to the twin forces of open source development and commodity pricing. But with data analytics clearly on the executive agenda in companies across all Read more…

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

Feb 25, 2015 |

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss. Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. “We have engaged with Databricks, one of the pioneers of Apache Spark, to advance analytics capability for the Spark on Read more…

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