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Über File System from Alluxio Gaining Enterprise Traction

Oct 26, 2016 |

It took several years, but now we’re starting to see multi-hundred-node deployments of Alluxio, the distributed in-memory file system that was developed alongside Spark and Mesos at Cal Berkeley’s AMPlab. Read more…

Is Spinning Disk Going Extinct? Experts Weigh In

Oct 25, 2016 |

There’s no doubt about it: Spinning disk is getting squeezed. As fast solid state drives (SSDs) get cheaper and tape drives get bigger, the sweet spot where spinning hard disk drives (HDDs) make sense gets smaller every year. Read more…

Inside Dell EMC’s New Soup-to-Nuts Data Science Platform

Oct 19, 2016 |

Dell EMC today unveiled a new converged platform that combines the hardware and software data scientists need into a single package. By enabling data scientists to self-provision a set of cultivated Hadoop resources, they can start crunching data and delivering insights from Hadoop in a matter of weeks, rather than the months or years it often takes to stand up a working cluster, the company says. Read more…

Big Performance Gains Seen Across SQL-on-Hadoop Engines

Oct 18, 2016 |

You can’t really go wrong these days when it comes to picking a SQL-on-Hadoop engine. As long as you stick to the mainstream open source products like Hive, Impala, Spark SQL, and Presto, your SQL queries are likely running 2-4x faster than they did earlier this year, without changing your queries or buying more hardware. Read more…

The Here and Now of Big Geospatial Data

Oct 17, 2016 |

No matter how sophisticated information technology gets – and who can deny that IT is evolving exceptionally fast these days – there’s nothing that can replicate the combination of two unique pieces of data: Read more…

News In Brief

Kafka Gets Server, API Upgrades

Oct 27, 2016 |

The latest feature release from the Apache Kafka stream processing community includes server support for time-based search along with more than 200 bug fixes and other improvements.

Confluent Inc., founded by the team that built Apache Kafka at LinkedIn (NYSE: Read more…

Startups Look to Speed Up Data to AWS Redshift

Oct 25, 2016 |

More data management startups are emerging as data piles up. Among their goals is automating analytics cloud infrastructure. With competition in the data warehouse market heating up, one data management startup focusing on the Amazon Web Services Redshift platform said it is partnering with an infrastructure manager to help customers quickly shift raw data to Redshift so they can concentrate on extracting insights. Read more…

Microsoft Claims Speech Recognition ‘Parity’

Oct 20, 2016 |

Microsoft speech recognition researchers report they have achieved parity with humans using a testing framework that gauges error rates for professional transcribers and the ability to understand “open-ended conversations.”

“In both cases, our automated system establishes a new state-of-the-art, and edges past the human benchmark,” Read more…

Facebook AI Efforts Seen Lagging

Oct 18, 2016 |

Facebook’s artificial intelligence efforts, particularly algorithms used for automation of applications such as news feeds, are coming under heavy fire from at least one critic who argues AI “is emerging as a major weakness for Facebook.” Read more…

Using Emojis to Boost Sentiment Analysis

Oct 17, 2016 |

The ongoing challenge of extracting knowledge from soaring volumes of unstructured data using text analysis tools and natural language processing technology now includes novel approaches like “emoji analytics” and parsing email threads. Read more…

This Just In

Qlik Visual Analytics Platform Selected by Tantex

Sep 6, 2016 |

RADNOR, Pa., Sept. 6 — Qlik, a leader in visual analytics, today announced that Tantex, a Singapore-based textile and garments design and supplier, has chosen Qlik for its visual analytics platform. Read more…

New Relic Experiences Rapid Customer Adoption Across EMEA

Jul 5, 2016 |

July 5 — Software analytics leader New Relic, Inc. (NYSE: NEWR) announced today that leading companies across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) continue to choose the New Relic Software Analytics Cloud to help them modernize their software architectures, deliver higher quality software faster, and drive successful digital initiatives. Read more…

Databricks Enables Sellpoints to Launch a New Predictive Analytics Product

Mar 10, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 10 — Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark, today announced that Sellpoints, a provider of online advertising solutions dedicated to optimizing return on ad spend (ROAS) for retailers and brands, chose Databricks as their enterprise Spark solution, allowing for the rapid productization of a critical predictive analytics product. Read more…

Splunk Enterprise Assisting European Footwear Giant

Mar 8, 2016 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 8 – Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK), provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, today announced that fashion footwear retailer Kurt Geiger relies on Splunk Enterprise to support its growing e-commerce operations and improve the customer experience across its global websites. Read more…

Lazada Selects MapR to Unify and Analyze Data for Ecommerce Operations

Mar 1, 2016 |

March 1 — MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the industry’s only converged data platform, today announced that Lazada Group has selected the MapR Converged Data Platform to power its ecommerce operations in Southeast Asia.  Read more…