Spring Strata 2015 Coverage

Big Data So Easy a Caveman Could Do It?

(2/26/2015)

Let’s face it: big data isn’t easy. If you’re building a big data application today, you’re up to your eyeballs in things like R and Java, MapReduce and Pig, and Storm and Kafka. There’s a reason data scientists are so hard to find that they’re compared to unicorns. But in the future, the big data application assembly process may be dumbed down to the point where, as the insurance commercial says, even a caveman could do it. Read more…

Apache Spark Ecosystem Continues To Build

(2/25/2015)

Apache Spark was everywhere at the recent Strata + Hadoop World conference. From Tableau’s new Spark interface to the new Spark as a service (SaaS) offerings and Intel’s new Spark initiative, the big data framework was very hard to miss.

Intel jumped on Spark’s bandwagon last week when it announced it was forming a new initiative around the in-memory framework. Read more…

Spark Steals the Show at Strata

(2/25/2015)

There was a lot of good stuff on display at last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. But if there was one product or technology that stood out from the pack, that would have to be Apache Spark, the versatile in-memory framework that is taking the big data world by storm. Read more…

Making Sense of the ODP—Where Does Hadoop Go From Here?

(2/24/2015)

It was no coincidence that Hortonworks and Pivotal unveiled Open Data Platform last week at the start of Strata + Hadoop World, which is Cloudera’s semi-annual parade to everything Hadoop. But now that the dust has settled on that bombshell, let’s look a little closer at the ODP, the organization’s key members, and what it means to the Hadoop stack and ecosystem going forward. Read more…

Snowflake Differentiates Itself in Strata Startup Showcase

(2/23/2015)

Snowflake Computing, a big data warehousing as a service provider, took home top honors at the Startup Showcase event held during last week’s Strata + Hadoop World conference. The award is a boost to the Silicon Valley company, which aims to be a one-stop shop for analyzing data generated on the cloud. Read more…

Will Poor Data Security Handicap Hadoop?

(2/19/2015)

Companies around the world are looking to Hadoop as a platform on which to perform big data analytics. Every day, petabytes of data are flowing into Hadoop clusters with the aim of giving them a competitive edge. However, the overall lack of built-in security threatens to hamper the open source platform’s spread before it’s really gotten off the ground. Read more…

Cloudera Brings Kafka Under Its ‘Data Hub’ Wing

(2/18/2015)

Cloudera is making Apache Kafka a supported part of its Hadoop distribution, the company announced today. While Kafka still doesn’t run on Hadoop, Cloudera says the changes it is instituting will help CDH customers build real-time analytics applications that span Hadoop and Kafka.

Kafka is an open source message broker that’s designed to handle massive flows of streaming, real-time data, such as log data. Read more…

MapR Delivers Bi-Directional Replication with Distro Refresh

(2/18/2015)

A new release of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop unveiled today will enable companies to perform real-time, bi-directional data replication between Hadoop clusters that are thousands of miles apart. The new table replication feature was added to MapR-DB, the NoSQL database included with the high-end edition of MapR’s commercial Hadoop offering. Read more…

Pivotal Throws in with Hortonworks and Open Source

(2/17/2015)

Pivotal today pulled the plug on its proprietary big data strategy and uncorked a major repositioning that involves making core products like HAWQ, Greenplum, and GemFire open source and aligning its Hadoop fortunes with one-time rival Hortonworks. The software company also was revealed to be a founding member of the new Open Data Platform, which also launched today. Read more…

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