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Hadoop Past, Present, and Future

May 17, 2016 |

Every few years the technology industry seems to be consumed with a shiny new object that gets hyped far beyond reality. At worst, the inevitable bursting of the hype bubble leads to the disappearance of the technology from relevance (remember Internet browsing on your TV?), but more often the hype subsides until a real but narrower focus for the technology is found. It’s been a decade since Hadoop was first created as an Apache top-level project, and during that decade Read more…

Data Gravity Pulls to the Cloud

May 16, 2016 |

Last month, Spotify grabbed headlines by announcing plans to get rid of its data centers and move onto Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP), claiming that the storage, compute and network services in the cloud are as high quality as on-premise alternatives. While few people take a second look at a digital-native company choosing to store data in the cloud, it seems to be generally accepted that for certain companies and industries, the cloud just isn’t a fit. Hadoop distribution vendors like Cloudera and Read more…

GPU-Powered Deep Learning Emerges to Carry Big Data Torch Forward

Apr 13, 2016 |

The big data analytic ecosystem has matured over the last few years to the point where techniques such as machine learning don’t seem as exotic as they once were. In fact, consumers have even come to expect their products and services to be adaptive to their behavior, which is one of the hallmarks of machine learning. As we look to the future, the field of deep learning on GPUs is poised to carry the big data analytics torch forward into Read more…

Reporter’s Notebook: 6 Key Takeaways from Strata + Hadoop World

Apr 5, 2016 |

The big data ecosystem was on full display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference in San Jose. At the ripe old age of 10, Hadoop is still the driving force, but newer frameworks like Spark and Kafka are gaining steam. Here are some of the top trends your Datanami editor pulled from the show based on observations and discussions with attendees and vendors. Let’s start with the biggest news from Strata, which was the rise of Kafka and Read more…

Cutting On Random Digital Mutations and Peak Hadoop

Apr 1, 2016 |

In a wide-ranging Strata + Hadoop World talk on Wednesday that reminds us why we like Doug Cutting so much, the father of Hadoop riffed on the evolution of big data tech, the power of open source, the promise of Flink, and the possibility of “peak Hadoop” at the ripe old age of 10. “It’s easy to say it’s all hype,” the Cloudera chief architect and Apache Hadoop co-founder said during a presentation on the next 10 years of Hadoop Read more…

News In Brief

ThoughtSpot, Search Analytics Startup, Raises $50M

May 19, 2016 |

Citing the growing need for speed in accessing data for business intelligence applications, search-driven analytics specialist ThoughtSpot said it has more than doubled its equity investment total with the closing this week of a $50 million funding round. ThoughtSpot said Thursday (May 19) lead investor General Catalyst Partners was joined by Geodesic Capital. Existing investors include Lightspeed Ventures and Khosla Ventures. The startup based in Palo Alto, Calif., has so far raised more than $90 million. The company’s cofounders have Read more…

Database Surge Led by Analytics Apps, Survey Finds

Apr 5, 2016 |

Growing demand for distributed applications and the corresponding adoption of scale-out and cloud databases is expected to fuel growth of Cassandra and other next-generation distributed databases, according to a new survey that also warns that a lack of data backup technologies could hinder deployments. The technology survey released by database backup and recovery vendor Datos IO found that more organizations expect to deploy real-time, high-volume distributed applications on next-generation databases over the next several years. These production deployments focusing primarily Read more…

R Consortium Expands Code to Meet Data Demand

Mar 28, 2016 |

An industry group promoting expanded use of the R programming language for data analysis, modeling and visualization is launching a series of initiatives designed to identify infrastructure projects that would forge standards and best practices for R code. The Linux Foundation’s R Consortium said last week it would fund seven R community projects and form two technical working groups to implement infrastructure projects while also promoting best practices. The initiatives respond to the growing popularity of R code that is Read more…

Data Warehouse Market Ripe for Disruption, Gartner Says

Mar 14, 2016 |

While mega-vendors with names like IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) continue to lead the data warehousing space, shifts in the market are creating opportunities for smaller vendors to innovate in areas like cloud deployments and streaming data, Gartner says in its latest Magic Quadrant report. Disruption is accelerating in the market for data warehousing solutions, Gartner says in its February report. New requirements–such as the need to store and analyze an increasingly diverse array of data types–are leading Read more…

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…

This Just In

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.