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Tumultuous Times for BI and Analytic Tool Vendors

Feb 10, 2016 |

My, what a week it was for business intelligence (BI) and analytic tools. First, industry darling Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) lost half its market capitalization following earnings that disappointed Wall Street, which quickly punished competitors Qlik (NASDAQ: QLIK) and MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR). Gartner then added fuel to the fire by issuing a report finding more competition than ever in the space, thanks to the arrival of a tipping point in the drive to self-service tooling. The balance of power in Read more…

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…

Automakers Bet Big on Data and Analytics

Jan 21, 2016 |

One of the biggest generators and consumers of data and analytics technology in the coming years may come from a surprising location: your car. From Ford’s deal with IBM to German automaker’s $2.8-billion deal for a location services firm, the big data future of connected cars is closer than you might think. It wasn’t that long ago that the most advanced data mechanism on a car was the station preset buttons for the AM radio dial. But these days, cars Read more…

How This Instrument Firm Tackled Big Data Blending

Jan 19, 2016 |

Thanks to the ongoing digitalization of the world, we’re constantly awash in data of all types. From structured data like sales reports and customers list to semi-structured data like photographs and clickstreams, nearly everything that people do can be reduced to bits and bytes for storage and analysis on a computer. But getting a handle of this expanding stream of data is a big challenge, and the way that one manufacturer of high-end instruments solved it may surprise you. National Read more…

Picking the Right SQL-on-Hadoop Tool for the Job

Jan 13, 2016 |

SQL is, arguably, the biggest workload many organizations run on their Hadoop clusters. And there’s good reason why: The combination of a familiar interface (SQL) along with a modern computing architecture (Hadoop) enables people to manipulate and query data in new and powerful ways. But not all SQL-on-Hadoop tools are equal, and that makes picking the right tool a challenge. There’s no shortage of SQL on Hadoop offerings, and each Hadoop distributor seems to have its preferred flavor.  The list Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Arcadia Emerges with Visual Analytics Running Directly On Hadoop

Jun 9, 2015 |

Arcadia Data today emerged from stealth mode by announcing $11.5 million in Series A funding and the limited availability of its flagship product: a Web-based visual analytics tool served directly from Hadoop. In Hadoop, most visualization and BI tools work by sending SQL queries to data stored in HDFS and then moving the results over the network to a separate box that drives the analytics and visualizations. While this works, it introduces limitations in the amount of data that can Read more…

MySQL Leader Percona Takes Aim at MongoDB

Apr 14, 2015 |

The company driving the MySQL database today unveiled a plan to go after MongoDB’s business with a drop-in replacement for the popular document-oriented NoSQL database. The new strategy is the result of Percona’s acquisition today of TokuTek, which owns exclusive commercial rights to the patented Fractal Tree indexing technology. Up to this point, Percona has kept a relatively low profile as the brains behind MySQL. While the open source relational database is owned by Oracle, many of the fixes and Read more…

What Informatica’s Buyout Means to Big Data Integration

Apr 8, 2015 |

Yesterday’s news that Informatica has agreed to be bought out by private equity firms for $5.3 billion has stirred a frenzy of activity in the big data integration community. For those working at data integration startups, the news represented a death knell of sorts for “old style” ETL and the recognition that newer data integration technologies and techniques are here to stay. “Rest in Peace Old ETL” says Darren Cunningham, a former Informatica manager who now heads up product management Read more…

This Just In

Oracle to Acquire BlueKai

Feb 24, 2014 |

Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire BlueKai, the industry’s leading cloud-based big data platform that enables companies to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns with richer and more actionable information about targeted audiences.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X4-2 Announced

Nov 12, 2013 |

Oracle today announced Oracle Big Data Appliance X4-2, which includes the entire Cloudera Enterprise technology stack and 33 percent more storage capacity for a total of 864 terabytes.

NGDATA Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner

Oct 24, 2013 |

NGDATA, a customer intelligence management company, today announced that it has achieved Gold partner status in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

Univa Completes Acquisition of Grid Engine Assets

Oct 22, 2013 |

Univa, the Data Center Automation company, today announced that the company will assume support of Oracle Grid Engine customers. As a part of the transaction, Univa acquired Oracle Grid Engine assets and intellectual property making it the sole commercial provider of Grid Engine software.

Kapow Helps Extend Big Data Acquisition for Oracle Business Intelligence Platform

Oct 18, 2013 |

Kapow Software, a Kofax company and leading big data integration software provider, announced it is working with Oracle on data integration for Oracle Endeca Information Discovery. In combination with Kapow Software”s data integration technology, which will be marketed and sold by Oracle as Oracle Endeca Information Discovery Web Data Acquisition Toolkit, organizations can now use the enterprise data discovery platform for rapid, intuitive exploration and analysis of information from any unstructured external data source.