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Alex Woodie is the managing editor of Datanami

Databricks Claims 30x Advantage in the Lakehouse, But Does It Hold Water?

Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi turned some heads last week with a bold claim: Customers can get 30x price-performance advantage over Snowflake when running SQL queries in a lakehouse setup. However, Snowflake waved off the st Read more…

Cloudera Picks Iceberg, Touts 10x Boost in Impala

Cloudera is now supporting the open source Apache Iceberg table format in its cloud data platform, or lakehouse, the vendor announced yesterday. The move will help to ensure transactional integrity in the big data enviro Read more…

Why 2022 Can Be the Year Financial Services Providers Embrace Ethical AI

Nearly two years after a global pandemic sent most banking customers online, the majority of financial institutions appear to be embracing digital transformation. But many still have a long way to go. For example, a rece Read more…

Databricks Bolsters Governance and Secure Sharing in the Lakehouse

Data governance is one of the four pillars necessary for the future of AI, along with past-looking analytics, future-looking AI, and real-time decision-making. To that end, Databricks rolled out several new governance ca Read more…

It’s Not ‘Mobile Spark,’ But It’s Close

On April 1, 2015, Apache Spark PMC member Reynold Xin wrote a compelling blog detailing plans to deliver a mobile version of Spark. It was all a joke, of course: Spark was a heavy bit of code designed for distributed sys Read more…

Why the Open Sourcing of Databricks Delta Lake Table Format Is a Big Deal

Databricks introduced Delta back in 2019 as a way to gain transactional integrity with the Parquet data table format for Spark cloud workloads. Over time, Delta evolved to become its own table format and also to become m Read more…

HPE’s GreenLake Cloud Service Goes Private

The last few years have seen a mass exodus to the public cloud, but many companies are bringing back computing resources internally for reasons that include data security and government regulations. HPE at the Discove Read more…

HPE Relaunches MapR Tech as Data Fabric Offering

HPE today unveiled GreenLake for Data Fabric, a new hybrid cloud data management solution designed to reduce challenges associated with data silos. The new offering, which piggybacks with a new private cloud solution HPE Read more…

Databricks Opens Up Its Delta Lakehouse at Data + AI Summit

Databricks, which had faced criticism of running a closed lakehouse, is open sourcing most of the technology behind Delta Lake, including its APIs, with the launch of Delta Lake 2.0. That was one of a number of announcem Read more…

Coding for the Edge: Six Lessons for Success

Edge computing is expanding dramatically as organizations rush to realize the benefits in latency, flexibility, cost, and performance that the edge can deliver. IDC estimates that global spending on edge hardware, softwa Read more…

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