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Struggling Under Multiple Databases? Get Used To It

Aug 27, 2015 |

Programmers are a fickle bunch. One day they’re all using Java, and the next day Python is the hot new thing. While developers indelibly will dabble in different languages, we’re now seeing them do similar things with databases, particularly those of a NoSQL bent. The database explosion benefits developers, but it’s a headache for the admins tasked with managing the stuff. Time was, you installed the Oracle database and were happy with it, damn it. Oracle defined what you could Read more…

Three Ways Zoomdata Makes Big Data Pop

Aug 11, 2015 |

When it comes to big data visualization tools, there’s no shortage of players. Tableau, Qlik, Spotfire, and Microstrategy are established incumbents with big followings. But there’s a fresh crop of visualization tools making waves, including one from Zoomdata that’s helping to change how we think about big data analysis. Here are three ways that Zoomdata is helping to change the field of big data analytics and visualization: 1. Micro Queries and Data Sharpening Zoomdata’s flagship analytics and visualization tool embraces Read more…

Will Scala Take Over the Big Data World?

Aug 10, 2015 |

When it comes to picking a language for writing big data applications, developers have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal. Python and R have proven popular among data scientists, while Java has been the go-to language for those developing apps on Hadoop. With the rise of Scala-based big data frameworks like Apache Spark and Apache Kafka, we’re seeing Scala becoming more prominent among big data practitioners. Scala is a JVM-compatible functional development language that was originally developed by Martin Read more…

Does InfiniBand Have a Future on Hadoop?

Aug 4, 2015 |

Hadoop was created to run on cheap commodity computers connected by slow Ethernet networks. But as Hadoop clusters get bigger and organizations press the upper limits of performance, they’re finding that specialized gear, such as solid state drives and InfiniBand networks, can pay dividends. InfiniBand was released to the world in 2000 as a faster networking protocol than TCP/IP, the primary protocol used in Ethernet networks. Thanks to its use Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), InfiniBand allows a computer to Read more…

Scoring Hidden Insights from Location Analytics

Jul 16, 2015 |

Amid the tsunami of big data that’s being generated every day, geo-location data often gets lost in the wash. But to a certain class of big data practitioner, where you go in a city is almost as important as what you do. And thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones these days, data about your location is constantly trickling up to the grid, where smart businessmen can take advantage of it. The biggest consumers of location analytics these days are retailers. Read more…

News In Brief

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…

Predictive Analytics Now In Reach Of the Average Enterprise, Forrester Says

Apr 7, 2015 |

The average enterprise is better positioned than ever to take advantage of advanced analytic software, says Forrester Research, which put out its annual power rankings for advanced analytic tool vendors last week. “Good news! Predictive analytics is within easy reach for all enterprises if they choose the right big data predictive analytics solution to meet their needs,” write Forrester analysts in the company’s latest Forrester Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions. Predictive analytics is a “business game changer” that Read more…

Where Does InfiniDB Go From Here?

Mar 5, 2015 |

Last September, the company behind InfiniDB, Calpont, went out of business. Up stepped MariaDB, the company behind the open source relational database, to serve as a steward for the product and provide support to customers. The big question on everybody’s mind is, where does the product go from here? InfiniDB is a columnar database management system designed to power analytic applications. Originally debuting in the year 2000, the software was built upon the MySQL database and includes its own SQL 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.