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Creating Flexible Big Data Solutions for Drug Discovery

Jan 19, 2015 |

He didn’t know it at the time, but when high school student David Tester acquired his first “computer”  – a TI-82 graphing calculator from Texas Instruments – he was on a path that would inevitably lead to Big Data. Tester’s interest in computation continued through undergraduate and graduate schools culminating in a Ph.D from the University of Oxford. He followed a rather unusual path, investigating where formal semantics and logic interacted with statistical reasoning. He notes that this problem is Read more…

Inside Cisco’s Machine Learning Model Factory

Jan 12, 2015 |

Like most companies of its size, Cisco Systems uses forecasts to help it direct resources. The accuracy and timeliness of those forecasts is critical, but keeping the predictive models that drive them up-to-date was a time-consuming task. So when the $47-billion company found new machine learning technology that could significantly speed up the training and scoring of those predictive models, it jumped at the chance. Cisco maintains a collection of 60,000 propensity to buy (P2B) models that it uses to Read more…

How comScore Uses Hadoop and MapR to Build its Business

Dec 1, 2014 |

When comScore was founded in 1999, Mike Brown, the company’s first engineer, was immediately immersed in the world of Big Data. The company was created to provide digital marketing intelligence and digital media analytics in the form of custom solutions in online audience measurement, e-commerce, advertising, search, video and mobile. Brown’s job was to create the architecture and design to support the founders’ ambitious plans. It worked. Over the past 15 years comScore has built a highly successful business and Read more…

Leveraging Big Data to Economically Fuel Growth

Nov 18, 2014 |

Kevin McClowry has been working with Big Data even before the term hit the mainstream. And these days, McClowry, currently the lead architect over analytics with TransUnion, LLC, is looking to Big Data technologies to add even more impetus to his organization’s growth. “My role is to build systems that enable new insights and innovative product development,” he says. “And as we grow, these systems need to go beyond traditional consumer financial information. When people hear TransUnion, they immediately think Read more…

Trevor Mason and Big Data: Doing What Comes Naturally

Oct 20, 2014 |

For Trevor Mason, working with Big Data just came naturally. Mason is the vice president for Technology Research at IRI, a 30 year old Chicago-based company that provides information, analytics, business intelligence and domain expertise for the world’s leading CPG, retail and healthcare companies. “I’ve always had a love of mathematics and proved to be a natural when it came to computer science,” Mason says. “So I combined both disciplines and it has been my interest ever since. I joined Read more…

News In Brief

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner

Mar 13, 2014 |

Not long ago, the rules for what constituted a data warehouse were fairly well defined. The schema was fixed, you could say, and was based primarily on relational database technology designed to process structured data. My, how times have changed. Last week, Gartner for the first time accepted non-relational technologies–including those based on Hadoop and NoSQL–in its annual Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouses report.

Avoiding Split Brainedness in HA Hadoop Clusters

Mar 4, 2014 |

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently granted Zettaset a patent for the underlying technology in its Hadoop high availability that prevents a “split-brain” situation where multiple master nodes think they’re in control of the Hadoop cluster. It’s a feather in the cap for Zettaset, which has also innovated in the area of Hadoop security.

MapR’s Hadoop Offering the Strongest, Forrester Says

Feb 28, 2014 |

Among Hadoop distributors, MapR Technologies’ product offering is the strongest, Amazon Web Services has the biggest Hadoop market presence, and IBM and Pivotal Software have the best market strategy, according to a new Forrester Wave report released yesterday that slices and dices the Hadoop market and analyzes the various Hadoop product offerings and business strategies.

MapR Embraces Co-Existence with Hadoop Update

Feb 11, 2014 |

MapR Technologies today unveiled new products based on the Hadoop version 2 codebase that it says will allow customers to continue to run MapReduce version 1 applications while also reaping the rewards of a post-YARN Hadoop world. The company also announced the capability to run the HP Vertica columnar analytic database directly on its Hadoop stack.

0xdata Lands Big Hadoop Certs for Algorithm Kit

Feb 5, 2014 |

If Hadoop represents the engine of computing’s future and big data its fuel, then the algorithms that crunch the data represent the brains that control where the big data vehicle goes. 0xdata, a startup that develops algorithms for big data analytics, got a big boost this week when four major Hadoop vendors gave their blessing to run its flagship offering, called H20, on their distros.

This Just In

MapR Reveals Presentations on Big Data and Hadoop

Apr 30, 2014 |

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, announced it will present sessions in May about Hadoop, data warehouse design, machine learning and big data initiatives at events such as Data Summit, Informatica World, Cisco Live!, Chief Data Officer Summit, LA Machine Learning Meetup and Boulder/Denver Big Data Meetup.

MapR Adds Apache Spark Stack to Distribution for Hadoop

Apr 10, 2014 |

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced a strategic partnership with Databricks and the addition of the complete Apache Spark technology stack to the MapR Distribution. The Spark in-memory processing framework provides speed, programming ease and real-time processing advantages.

WE-Ankor Signs Partnership Agreement with MapR

Apr 8, 2014 |

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced that WE-Ankor, a highly regarded IT specialist based in Petach Tikva, has become a registered partner in Israel, which has a high potential and very promising market for big data and has started its first proof of concept project using the MapR Distribution for Hadoop.

MapR Expands Big Data Search with Elasticsearch

Apr 2, 2014 |

MapR Technologies, Inc., the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, and Elasticsearch Inc., the popular open source search and analytics solution, today announced the integration of Elasticsearch’s real-time search and analytics capability with the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop, enabling customers to search and store tremendous amounts of information in real time.

MapR Executives to Speak About Big Data, HBase, and Hadoop at Upcoming Conferences

Mar 25, 2014 |

MapR Technologies, Inc., the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced it will present sessions about Big Data, HBase and Hadoop at upcoming events in April including: Big Data TechCon, Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit, and Apache Con.