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To Centralize or Not to Centralize Your Data–That Is the Question

Jul 14, 2020 |

Should you strive to centralize your data, or leave it scattered about? It seems like it should be a simple question, but it’s actually a tough one to answer, particularly because it has so many ramifications for how data systems are architected, particularly with the rise of cloud data lakes. Read more…

Poor Data Hurts COVID-19 Contact Tracing, CDC Director Says

Jun 30, 2020 |

The lack of accurate and timely data about COVID-19 infections has hampered the government’s ability to perform contact tracing, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, testified today in Congress. Read more…

Databricks Brings Data Science, Engineering Together with New Workspace

Jun 25, 2020 |

Data scientists and software engineers work in different ways and use different tools. But both personas will feel more comfortable developing applications in the new version of Databricks Data Science Workspace, which the company unveiled today at Spark + AI Summit. Read more…

Databricks Cranks Delta Lake Performance, Nabs Redash for SQL Viz

Jun 24, 2020 |

Today at its Spark + AI Summit, Databricks unveiled Delta Engine, a new layer in its Delta Lake cloud offering that uses several techniques to significantly accelerate the performance of SQL queries. Read more…

Nvidia Destroys TPCx-BB Benchmark with GPUs

Jun 22, 2020 |

Traditionally, vendors have used CPU-based systems for the TPCx-BB benchmark, which simulates a Hadoop-style workload that mixes SQL and machine learning jobs on structured and unstructured data. So when Nvidia ran the benchmark on its new Ampere class of GPUs system, the results were predictably grim – for CPU systems, that is. Read more…

News In Brief

Spark 3.0 Brings Big SQL Speed-Up, Better Python Hooks

Jun 25, 2020 |

Apache Spark 3.0 is now here, and it’s bringing a host of enhancements across its diverse range of capabilities. The headliner is an big bump in performance for the SQL engine and better coverage of ANSI specs, while enhancements to the Python API will bring joy to data scientists everywhere. Read more…

Databricks, Partners, Open a Unified ‘Lakehouse’

Feb 24, 2020 |

Coalescing around an open source storage layer, Databricks is pitching a new data management framework billed as combining the best attributes of data lakes and warehouses into what the company dubs a “lakehouse.”

The new data domocile is promoted as a way of applying business intelligence and machine learning tools across all enterprise data. Read more…

Microsoft Aims for Data Analytics Unification with ‘Synapse’

Nov 8, 2019 |

Microsoft took a big step toward unifying disparate analytic toolsets and functions this week with the launch of Synapse Analytics, an ambitious new cloud-hosted offering that seeks to bring together the separate worlds of data warehousing and data lakes. Read more…

OmniSci ‘Hitting Its Stride,’ CEO Says

Oct 25, 2019 |

Aaron Williams, the vice president of community for OmniSci, loves doing live demos. Like a trapeze artist who works without a net, Williams shows no fear as stands on the stage and fires off queries from OmniSci’s GUI client to a massive database with over 10 billion rows of data running in GPU memory. Read more…

Databricks Snags $400M, Now Valued at $6.2B

Oct 22, 2019 |

Databricks, the commercial venture behind Apache Spark, has just completed a Series F round of funding worth $400 million. That brings the cloud analytics vendor’s valuation to more than $6 billion, more than twice what it was in January. Read more…

This Just In

Precisely Announces Latest Release of Precisely Connect

Jul 23, 2020 |

PEARL RIVER, N.Y., July 23, 2020 — Precisely announced the latest release of Precisely Connect, helping power confident business decisions with trusted data in next-generation cloud and data platforms. Read more…

Azure Databricks Now Available on Microsoft Azure Government

Jul 15, 2020 |

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2020 – Databricks, the data and AI company, announced that Azure Databricks is now on Azure Government as a public preview. Read more…

Informatica Unveils Updated Features to its Intelligent Data Platform

Jun 30, 2020 |

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 30, 2020 – Informatica, the enterprise cloud data management leader, today announced it has updated its Intelligent Data Platform, powered by Informatica’s AI-powered CLAIRE engine. Read more…

Databricks Introduces Delta Engine, Acquires Redash

Jun 24, 2020 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 24, 2020 — Databricks, the data and AI company,  announced the availability of Delta Engine and the acquisition of Redash. These new capabilities make it faster and easier for data teams to use its Unified Data Analytics platform for data science, machine learning, and a broad range of data analytics use cases. Read more…

Immuta Launches Native Offering for Databricks With Enhanced Security and Collaboration Features

Jun 22, 2020 |

BOSTON, June 22, 2020 – Immuta, the automated data governance company, announced an enhanced platform integration with Databricks, the data and AI company. Immuta for Databricks – Read more…

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