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Wanted: Intelligent Middleware That Simplifies Big Data Analytics

Mar 23, 2015 |

We’ve seen tremendous technological innovation in the data analytics space over the past 10 years. Platforms like Hadoop have emerged and machine learning techniques are going mainstream. But according respected leaders in the big data community, there’s still a sizable gap in the marketplace when it comes to intelligent middleware that can orchestrate and organizes how data flows, not just in Hadoop but the enterprise. Lars George was one of the first technologists to begin working with Hadoop in Europe Read more…

Beyond the 3 Vs: Where Is Big Data Now?

Mar 12, 2015 |

Once defined by the “three Vs” of volume, velocity, and variety, the term “big data” has overflowed the small buckets we gave it and taken on a life of its own. Today, big data refers not only to the ongoing information explosion, but also an entire ecosystem of new technologies, as well as a unique way of thinking about data itself. Here’s a quick recap of the short history of big data. The World Wide Web was just starting to Read more…

How Advances in SQL on Hadoop Are Democratizing Big Data–Part 1

Feb 10, 2015 |

September 2014 marked the anniversary of Edgar F. Codd’s 1969 introduction of “A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks”, which is a compellation of research and theories that ultimately provided the foundation for  modern relational SQL databases. Since the start of widespread adoption of relational databases, analytics professionals have invested decades of experience in SQL expertise. More recently, Hadoop and other emerging platforms have disrupted the relational paradigm, introducing unfamiliar concepts for both data management and analysis. Read more…

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…

News In Brief

Will Poor Data Security Handicap Hadoop?

Feb 19, 2015 |

Companies around the world are looking to Hadoop as a platform on which to perform big data analytics. Every day, petabytes of data are flowing into Hadoop clusters with the aim of giving them a competitive edge. However, the overall lack of built-in security threatens to hamper the open source platform’s spread before it’s really gotten off the ground. If you set out to build a big data platform today, chances are good that data security would be one of Read more…

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.

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.