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Why ONI May Be Our Best Hope for Cyber Security Now

May 9, 2016 |

Huge volume of network data has made it all but impossible for the good guys to detect new security threats, which has created space for the bad guys to operate. But thanks to a new Apache big data project called Open Network Insight (ONI), the good guys now have a powerful way to cut through the noise and identify bad guys and their malicious schemes. Cybersecurity is very much an arms race. When the bad guys get too far ahead, Read more…

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…

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Gartner: Role of Analytics in Security is Growing

Jun 15, 2016 |

As corporate and, more recently, university IT networks are bombarded with malicious code and other forms of cyber attacks, network managers are being forced to rely more heavily on a range of emerging security technologies to monitor suspicious activity on networks and cloud infrastructure. Among the leading approaches to infrastructure security are tools for securing cloud access along with “endpoint” solutions designed detect and respond to breaches along with signature-based approaches to funding off malware. Increasingly, however, user and behavioral Read more…

Machine Learning Enlisted to Fight Ransomware

Jun 14, 2016 |

Everyone seemingly is complaining about the spread of ransomware, and now somebody is trying to do something about it using machine learning-based behavioral analytics techniques to track suspicious behavior on company networks. As the scale of the ransomware threat grows, including ransom payments by hospitals and universities and growing fears that it will soon spread to other sectors, a Silicon Valley security intelligence firm has rolled out an approach for detecting ransomware via machine learning. Exabeam, a specialist in user Read more…

Intel Xeon E7 Balloons In-memory Capacity, Targets Real-Time Analytics

Jun 7, 2016 |

Who crunches more data faster, wins. It’s this drive that cuts through and clarifies the essence of the evolutionary spirit in the computer industry, the dual desire to get to real time with bigger and bigger chunks of data. The locomotive: HPC technologies adapted to enterprise mission-critical data analytics. With its memory capacity of up to 24TB in an eight-socket system, the largest capacity in the industry according to Intel, the new Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v4 allows massive datasets to Read more…

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…

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