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Apache Flink Creators Get $6M to Simplify Stream Processing

Mar 30, 2016 |

Real-time stream processing is one of the hottest topics this week at Strata + Hadoop World, and one of the new frameworks turning heads is Apache Flink. Developed by the German company data Artisans, Flink is unique in that it aims to simplify the big data analytics stack with “streaming first” mentality, and the project’s momentum was rewarded today with a $6 million Series A round led by Intel Capital. You may not have heard about Apache Flink, but chances Read more…

Inside Redfin’s Cautious Approach to Big Data

Mar 7, 2016 |

There’s a certain allure to big data technology that tempts us to view it as the solution to every business problem. But there are times when the simplicity of traditional technology–like relational databases–outweigh the scalability benefits brought by big data tech, as the real-estate website Redfin learned. It’s no wonder that big data technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL databases were born on the Web. After all, for many of the biggest websites on the Internet–like Google, Yahoo, and Facebook—traditional technology, Read more…

Spark 2.0 to Introduce New ‘Structured Streaming’ Engine

Feb 25, 2016 |

The folks at Databricks last week gave a glimpse of what’s to come in Spark 2.0, and among the changes that are sure to capture the attention of Spark users is the new Structured Streaming engine that leans on the Spark SQL API to simplify the development of real-time, continuous big data apps. In his keynote at Spark Summit East last week, Spark creator Matei Zaharia said the new Structured Streaming API that will debut later this year in Spark Read more…

The Bright Future of Semantic Graphs and Big Connected Data

Feb 8, 2016 |

The big data revolution is generating a mess of unruly data that’s difficult to parse and understand. This is to be expected–explosions don’t generally occur in a nice, orderly fashion, after all. But if the folks at Cloudera and Franz have their way, the world of connected data will become more accessible and useful when viewed through the lens of semantic graph technologies. Semantic graph technology is shaping up to play a key role in how organizations access the growing Read more…

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…

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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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