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Cockroach Labs Is the Latest Data Unicorn

Jan 12, 2021 |

Cockroach Labs develops a distributed SQL database that’s designed to survive the type of disasters that would kill everything but the lowly cockroach. That work has now garnered it the title of unicorn, as the company today completed a $160 million round of funding at a $2 billion valuation. Read more…

Peering Into the Crystal Ball of Advanced Analytics

Jan 4, 2021 |

The world of advanced analytics was evolving quickly at the end of 2020. And according to our panel of experts who volunteered predictions on the topic, the accelerated pace of change in advanced data analytics will continue in 2021. Read more…

2020: A Big Data Year in Review

Dec 18, 2020 |

There are two weeks left in 2020, which means it’s time to exhale a bit and see where we’ve gone. It’s been a bumpy ride over the previous 50 weeks, for sure. Read more…

Prediction Time

Dec 17, 2020 |

“Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” argued George Santayana in his work The Life of Reason. If you cannot learn from your past mistakes, you will be ill-prepared to make good decisions going forward. Read more…

News In Brief

Aerospike’s Presto Connector Goes Live

Jan 14, 2021 |

Aerospike’s connector to the Presto SQL query engine is transitioning from beta to general availability, the real-time NoSQL database vendor said this week.

Presto, the highly parallel and distributed SQL query engine, was originally developed at Facebook (NASDAQ: Read more…

Feature Store Startup Gets a VC Boost

Jan 13, 2021 |

Open source versions of feature stores are emerging that are designed help data scientists avoid reinventing the wheel. One feature store startup is attracting investors by adding a computing layer billed as helping to accelerate enterprise access to AI and advanced analytics. Read more…

CDO: The Disrupter in Chief

Jan 11, 2021 |

“Disrupt, or be disrupted.” That’s the rallying cry of commerce in the 21st century, and big data is the materiel that battles will be fought with. Companies increasingly are turning to chief data officers (CDOs) to become the generals for defining and executing the big data strategies that will enable them to fight off disruptions, and become disrupters themselves. Read more…

Starburst Rides Presto to a $1.2B Valuation

Jan 6, 2021 |

Starburst today announced the completion of a $100 million Series C round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. With a $1.2 billion valuation and $164 million in total funding, Starburst, which is a big backer of the open source Presto query engine and sells an enterprise version of it, now has additional resources to meet the surging demand for cloud data analytics. Read more…

Quest Software Buys Data Manager Erwin

Jan 5, 2021 |

Quest Software has acquired big data management specialist Erwin Inc., upgrading the buyer’s data toolset aimed at application deployment with regulatory compliance.

Quest, Aliso Viejo, Calif., said Tuesday (Jan. Read more…

This Just In

O’Reilly Announces 2021 Superstream Series Lineup and Dates

Jan 14, 2021 |

BOSTON, Jan. 14, 2021 — O’Reilly, a premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced its 2021 Superstream Series lineup. Beginning this month, O’Reilly will present its most popular conference franchises— Software Architecture, Infrastructure & Read more…

DL Framework ‘SmallTrain 0.2.0’ Released for Professional and Commercial Use

Dec 30, 2020 |

KYOTO, Japan, Dec. 30, 2020 — Geek Guild Co., Ltd. announced the Open-Source Software (OSS) project, “SmallTrain,” which generates user-friendly deep learning models for high accuracy and high functionality as a standalone deep learning library and as a wrapper for TensorFlow and PyTorch. Read more… Unveils Flex-Code Data Connectors for Rapid Data Ingestion

Dec 17, 2020 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 17, 2020 —, a data engineering company, today announced significant advancements to the Ascend Unified Data Engineering Platform with the addition of flex-code data connectors, a first-of-its-kind connector framework for data ingestion in the Apache Spark ecosystem that bridges the data connectivity worlds of databases, lakes, warehouses, APIs, and more. Read more…

DataStax Delivers New Open-Source API Stack for Modern Data Apps

Dec 10, 2020 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2020 — DataStax has announced a new API stack for modern data apps. Stargate, an open-source API framework for data, first unveiled this summer, is now generally available in DataStax’s Astra cloud database and for free download. Read more…

MLCommons Launches and Unites 50+ Tech and Academic Leaders in AI, ML

Dec 3, 2020 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 3, 2020 — Today, MLCommons, an open engineering consortium, launches its industry-academic partnership to accelerate machine learning innovation and broaden access to this critical technology for the public good. Read more…

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