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Happy Birthday, Hadoop: Celebrating 10 Years of Improbable Growth

Jan 28, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe, but the first Hadoop cluster went into production at Yahoo 10 years ago today. What began as an experiment in distributed computing for an Internet search engine has turned into a global phenomenon and a focal point for a big data ecosystem driving billions in spending. Here are some thoughts on the big yellow elephant’s milestone from the people involved in Hadoop’s early days. Hadoop’s story started before January 2006, of course. In the early 2000s, Doug Read more…

What Does 2016 Mean for Data Science?

Jan 6, 2016 |

I don’t imagine many people outside the tech bubble realize how much their lives were impacted by data science in 2015. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) recommendations, marketing campaigns, IoT tech, Uber, Siri, price comparison sites, gaming and image recognition, are all fueled, to varying degrees, by data science. Plenty more is going on behind the scenes. However, it would be a stretch to say that data science is ‘mainstream.’ The profession still has much more to prove. 2016 will undoubtedly see Read more…

Is 2016 the Beginning of the End for Big Data?

Jan 5, 2016 |

Part of my job as managing editor of Datanami is to be a hype buster. Over the past five years, the amount of hoopla and hysteria over big data has reached epic proportions at times. That’s why some in the industry are calling for a slowdown in the analytic platitudes, a return to sanity about what big data can really do. Despite my skeptic tendencies, it’s hard not to be optimistic about big data analytics, given its trajectory. If you Read more…

New TPC Benchmark Puts an End to Tall SQL-on-Hadoop Tales

Dec 17, 2015 |

You take certain things for granted in the big data world. Data will continue to grow at a geometric rate. Amazing new technologies will regularly appear out of nowhere. And software vendors will squabble endlessly over whose SQL-on-Hadoop engine is fastest and best. Thanks to a new TPC-DS 2.0 benchmark unveiled today, we may take the last one off that list. The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) organization today unveiled a new benchmark for gauging the performance of SQL engines running on Read more…

The Algebra of Data Promises a Better Math for Analytics, And More

Dec 14, 2015 |

A company by the name of Algebraix Data is beginning to speak publicly for the first time about the algebra of data, an approach to storing and accessing data that it devised and patented. The company is using its data algebra now to provide big data analytics services to clients, but the uses could be much more far-reaching, including a universal language. When E.F. Codd set out to change how we store and access data in the 1970s, he had Read more…

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One Approach to Boosting Data Accuracy at Scale

Jan 20, 2016 |

Big data platform vendors make the case that “data overload” driven by the proliferation of mobile devices along with the emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks are making it harder than ever to extract accurate information from this data waterfall. Even harder is connecting the dots to provide analyses that can be used to make reasoned business decisions. Hence, analytics vendors like Microsoft partner Webtrends are stressing the need in recent product releases for “achieving data accuracy at Read more…

Meet the Avant-Garde of New Relational Databases

Nov 27, 2015 |

In a new research report, Gartner advises clients to consider the new “avant-garde” of new relational databases from vendors like MemSQL, NuoDB, and VoltDB when projects call for large amounts of scalability and elasticity on industry-standard hardware, while retaining the precepts of relational tables and SQL. Over the past 10 years, the traditional relational database management system (RDBMS) cart hasn’t just been mildly upset—it’s been rammed, flipped over, and its contents distributed to the four winds. The near-simultaneous emergence of Read more…

BlueTalon Delivers Fine-Grain Protection of HDFS Data

Sep 29, 2015 |

BlueTalon today announced that its big data security software now supports the enforcement of fine-grained authorization policies and masking of HDFS data. This will enable customers to control access to Hadoop data using the same tool they use to control access to enterprise data warehouses and relational databases, the company says. One of the problems with implementing data-centric security in a big data world is the fact that data lives in multiple places. While many organizations are building big data Read more…

Interana Tapped by Microsoft to Analyze Bing Searches

Aug 4, 2015 |

Interana, a big data startup that develops a database and related tools for doing analytics on time- and event-based data, today announced that Microsoft selected its software to analyze queries made with the Bing search engine, with the goal of better understanding user behavior. This is a major win for Interana, which was co-founded by former Facebook engineers and came out of stealth mode only nine months ago. Microsoft has a long history of developing its own products, and does not often Read more…

Microsoft Unites Analytics Under ‘Cortana,’ Adds Spark Support

Jul 13, 2015 |

Microsoft today unveiled a new suite of hosted analytic services named after Cortana, the software giant’s personal assistant software for smartphones. Meanwhile, the company is prepping to begin support for Apache Spark on Azure, its public cloud platform. If you have a Windows-based smartphone, you’re probably familiar with Cortana, the smooth-talking female voice that does various digital chores at your behalf. The new Cortana Analytics Suite takes the personal assistant role and injects big data into it. The new suite Read more…

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Industry Experts Write New Book on Big Data Solutions

Mar 19, 2014 |

Pragmatic Works, a Microsoft Gold Certified and National Systems Integrator Partner, joined with industry experts from Microsoft and Hortonworks to write Microsoft Big Data Solutions, a complete guide on Microsoft’s Big Data Platform including Windows Azure, HDInsight and Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows.

PROS to Showcase Big Data Solutions at Microsoft Global Energy Forum

Feb 19, 2014 |

PROS, a big data software company, today announced its participation in the Microsoft Global Energy Forum scheduled for Feb. 20, 2014. The one-day event will be held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. The company plans to provide demonstrations of how PROS solutions on Microsoft platforms help global energy companies use their big data to sell more effectively. PROS will be in booth 709.