News in Brief

Web-Based Query Tool Touches Multiple DBs

Apr 20, 2018 |

Developers today use databases almost like languages. They might start on a good old relational database like MySQL, but then requirements shift a bit, so they sprinkle a little MongoDB on top. Read more…

Pivotal Software is Latest Tech IPO

Apr 20, 2018 |

The uptick in technology stock offerings that accelerated in 2017 is gaining momentum this year as Pivotal Software joins a host of big data vendors going public.

The San Francisco-based cloud software vendor announced pricing on 37 million shares at $15 a share. Read more…

Presto Use Surges, Qubole Finds

Apr 18, 2018 |

Don’t look now, but Presto, the SQL engine developed by Facebook as a follow-on to Hive, is starting to catch on in a big way. According to a new survey of big data-as-a-service customers by Qubole, Presto logged impressive usage gains during 2017, and outgrew Hive and Spark across many metrics. Read more…

Scality Adds New Investor in Latest Funding Round

Apr 18, 2018 |

Scality, the software-defined object and cloud storage vendor, is extending its push into the multi-cloud data control sector with the closing of a $60 million funding round.

The storage management and infrastructure vendor said Tuesday (April 17) its latest round added new investor Harbert European Growth Capital along with existing investors and company executives. Read more…

Next Up for AI: Running for Mayor

Apr 17, 2018 |

You’ve heard of smart cities, smart streets, and smart buildings. But how about smart politicians? Now Japan is giving us our first glimpse at what an AI mayor might look like. Read more…

Hortonworks Upgrades Data Plane Service

Apr 17, 2018 |

The data management market continues to explode, reflecting the growing demand for automated services that can help companies access soaring data volumes spread across datacenters and cloud repositories.

With that in mind, Hortonworks announced this week it is expanding its Data Plane Service released last September to include a new “data steward studio” designed to provide a consistent level of governance and security across far-flung data lakes. Read more…

New Materials Yield Energy Boost for Data Storage

Apr 16, 2018 |

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have combined thin-film materials to create more stable building blocks for nonvolatile memory. The approach promises to boost energy while stabilizing performance and eventually ushering in smaller and more powerful storage devices. Read more…

SAS Previews Upcoming Enhancements to Viya Platform

Apr 12, 2018 |

Neural network interpretability, integration with open source analytic libraries, and greater mobility within SAS’s product suite are among the capabilities that are coming to the SAS Viya platform later this quarter. Read more…

HCL, Equity Investor Acquire Actian

Apr 12, 2018 |

Actian Corp., which staged a comeback last year with the introduction of a hybrid database and query engine, is being acquired by India’s HCL Technologies and an equity partner.

HCL and private investor Sumera Equity Partners said they are buying Actian in an all-cash deal valued at $330 million. Read more…

Momentum Builds for a ‘Data Labor Movement’

Apr 12, 2018 |

The abuse of social media data highlighted this week by two days of media-trained testimony by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shines a spotlight on the privacy tradeoffs inherent in the widespread use of convenient, addictive applications. Read more…