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The well-known three Vs of Big Data - Volume, Variety, and Velocity – are increasingly placing pressure on organizations that need to manage this data as well as extract value from this data deluge for Predictive Analytics and Decision-Making. Big Data technologies, services, and tools such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and NoSQL/NewSQL databases and Data Integration techniques, In-Memory approaches, and Cloud technologies have emerged to help meet the challenges posed by the flood of Web, Social Media, Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) data flowing into organizations.



Big Data Articles

To help IT and business stakeholders take action to benefit from the emerging technologies and trends in information management, Database Trends and Applications has just published the second annual Big Data Sourcebook, a free resource.

Posted November 25, 2014

Syncsort has announced the latest release of its flagship mainframe software product - Syncsort MFX for z/OS - which exploits IBM's zHPF architecture, the most recent advance in optimizing mainframe I/O for storage devices.

Posted November 24, 2014

IBM is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, the company's platform-as-a-service. The new platform allows developers to build applications around their most sensitive data and deploy them in a dedicated cloud environment while avoiding the compliance, regulatory and performance issues that are presented with public clouds.

Posted November 21, 2014

As big data continues to explode, companies are exploring how they can leverage it for competitive advantage - to help them prepare for emerging trends within their industries, perform advanced analytics of data to help increase revenue and optimize processes or avoid potential pitfalls. A recent DBTA webcast highlighted the key considerations for selecting analytics tools and explored examples of how analytics are used in different industries. The webcast was presented by Dr. Thomas Hill, executive director for analytics at Dell's Information Management Group; and Marcia A Kaufman, principal analyst and COO, Hurwitz & Associates.

Posted November 21, 2014

SAP has been hard at work delivering significant enhancements to SAP ASE culminating in the release of version 16 earlier this year, and continues to make major investments in new capabilities. A webcast on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at 11 am ET/ 8 am PT will present an overview of the key features and roadmap for ASE 16.

Posted November 20, 2014

Early bird registration for the ISUG-TECH 2015 conference in Atlanta is now open. The conference will be held March 29 - April 2, 2015, at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

Posted November 20, 2014

SAP has introduced three new SAP solutions to help companies extract value from the Internet of Things (IoT). The SAP solutions for the IoT are powered by SAP HANA Cloud Platform, which is the core application development and enablement platform and provides the ability to generate real-time insights from sensor data and advanced capabilities such as in-memory computing, geo-spatial, telematics, predictive analytics and complex event processing.

Posted November 20, 2014

We are now seeing a seismic shift and increase in the significance of social network data for marketing and brand analysis. The next wave of social network exploitation promises to allow companies to narrowly target consumers and leads to predict market trends, and to more actively influence consumer behavior.

Posted November 20, 2014

Progress is partnering with DataStax, which offers production-certified Apache Cassandra for the enterprise, to provide customers with data connectivity and integration solutions. The companies say the partnership is the result of increased demand from both Progress DataDirect and DataStax customers for a standards-based solution that allows Cassandra to integrate with existing IT processes and systems, including BI, analytics and ETL.

Posted November 20, 2014

Oracle has announced an updated version of Oracle GoldenGate 12c. With GoldenGate 12c, customers can implement real-time data integration and transactional data replication between on-premises and cloud environments and across a broader set of heterogeneous platforms, achieving faster time to value and a greater return from their data assets. "Inherent in the concept of integration is that we can effectively cover both like and unlike platforms, and that we offer our customers the ability to effectively capture and move their data regardless of which systems, platforms, and vendors their data originates from," said Jeff Pollock, vice president of product management at Oracle.

Posted November 19, 2014

Splice Machine today announced the general availability of its Hadoop RDBMS, a platform to build real-time, scalable applications, that incorporates new features that emerged from charter customers using the the beta offering. With the additional new features and the validation from beta customers, Splice Machine 1.0 can support enterprises struggling with their existing databases and seeking to scale-out affordably, said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine.

Posted November 19, 2014

The call for speakers for Data Summit 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown, May 11-13, 2015, is now officially open. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 5, 2014.

Posted November 19, 2014

Enterprise NoSQL database platform provider MarkLogic today announced the availability of MarkLogic 8 Early Access Edition, which brings together advanced search, semantics, bitemporal and native JavaScript support into one platform. The overall theme of the MarkLogic 8 is ease of use. "This release is all about bringing MarkLogic to where the developers are and making it easy for them to adopt MarkLogic," said Joe Pasqua, senior vice president, product strategy, MarkLogic.

Posted November 18, 2014

Informatica has announced an expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). With this announcement, Informatica Cloud is moving to AWS as its underlying infrastructure.

Posted November 18, 2014

Concurrent has announced the latest version of Driven, a big data application performance-monitoring and management system. Driven is purpose-built to address the challenges of enterprise application development and deployment for business-critical data applications, delivering control and performance management for enterprises seeking to achieve operational excellence.

Posted November 18, 2014

Seagate Technology, a provider of storage solutions, has introduced ClusterStor Hadoop Workflow Accelerator. The solution is expected to be a boon to computationally intensive high performance data analytics environments, enabling them to achieve a significant reduction in data transfer time.

Posted November 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded IBM contracts valued at $325 million to develop and deliver advanced "data-centric" supercomputing systems at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. "This architecture is really part of a paradigm that addresses the big data challenge, one we hear about here at IBM all time - which we call data-centric computing. We believe the value of a supercomputer is not only tied to petaflops but also to the speed of insights. We solve this particular challenge working with the labs through an open ecosystem leveraging technologies with our partners at the OpenPower Foundation, NVIDIA and Mellanox," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems and Technology Group, during a webcast to announce the new supercomputing systems.

Posted November 14, 2014

The holiday season is right around the corner, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole "most wonderful time of the year" tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here's a bit of context: I'm writing this article for you in the midst of the biggest gathering of SQL Server professions in any given year, the PASS Summit. One of the most visible activities when attendees get together for the very first time at the registration desk or the assembly hall for the first keynote address is the huge number of hugs, backslapping, fist bumps, high fives, and a variety of other happy and genuine reunions.

Posted November 12, 2014

Big data tool vendors try to downplay the notion that data warehouses and data marts still need to exist, even in a big data world. Relational DBMSs are painted as "old-fashioned," "yesterday," and "inadequate." They beckon potential customers to take a dip in the refreshing data lake. The fact that big data, in all of its glory, is only part of a larger business intelligence solution is getting lost in the dialog.

Posted November 12, 2014

Talend has introduced a new release of its integration platform. The 5.6 release sets new benchmarks for big data productivity and profiling, innovates in MDM with efficiency controls, and broadens Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity.

Posted November 12, 2014

The increasing size and complexity of database environments is straining IT resources at many organizations. As data continues to proliferate within organizations, many companies are looking for more efficient methods to enable storage and analysis. Virtualization and use of cloud technology, particularly, private clouds are two approaches coming to the fore.

Posted November 12, 2014

Services provider Infosys has formed a strategic partnership with BI and analytics expert Tableau. Infosys will integrateTableau's software into the solutions it deploys to help clients gain more value from big data. Infosys says it will use its global training facilities to increase the number of Tableau analytics experts in the company, ensuring that the benefits of business analytics are included within a wide range of client solutions across multiple industries.

Posted November 11, 2014

Attunity Ltd. has expanded its Attunity CloudBeam solution to support Amazon Web Services customers in moving data from Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) to Amazon Redshift. Attunity has also been awarded Big Data Competency status in the AWS Partner Network (APN) Competency Program.

Posted November 11, 2014

Customers clearly value the mainframe's availability, security and data management advantages, but they need a support system to better manage workloads and software license costs. These are the findings of a new survey of 1,194 mainframe customers, conducted by BMC Software.

Posted November 10, 2014

Big data and analytics workloads are placing greater demands on the enterprise, and creating the need for software defined infrastructure, says Bernie Spang, VP, Strategy, software-defined environments in IBM Systems & Technology Group. With the volume of data organizations are dealing with today, there is a need to optimize the compute and storage resources. "We can't do it with the traditional, manual, rigid IT environment of the past," said Spang.

Posted November 10, 2014

Cloudant, an IBM company, has introduced an on-premises version of Cloudant software that companies can install in their own data centers to run their own DBaaS. According to the company, the addition of Cloudant Local (IBM Cloudant Data Layer Local Edition), provides customers with a strategy for managing application data with any mix of infrastructure and deployment strategy.

Posted November 10, 2014

Rocket Software has announced Rocket Data Virtualization version 2.1, a mainframe data virtualization solution for universal access to data, regardless of location, interface or format.

Posted November 10, 2014

At the most fundamental level, consider that at the end of the day NoSQL and SQL are essentially performing the same core task — storing data to a storage medium and providing a safe and efficient way to later retrieve said data. Sounds pretty simple — right? Well, it really is with a little planning and research. Here's a simple checklist of 5 steps to consider as you embark into the world of NoSQL databases.

Posted November 05, 2014

Dell Software is collaborating with Microsoft to provide predictive analytics in a hybrid cloud setting and also upgrading its Statistica (formerly StatSoft) advanced analytics platform with enhanced big data capabilities through integration with Kitenga.

Posted November 05, 2014

Hadoop is one of the best-known technologies within the big data realm. However, deploying a Hadoop environment is not a simple task. To help address the challenges for prospective Hadoop customers, Cloudera, which offers analytic data management based on Apache Hadoop, and CenturyLink, which provides managing services in the cloud, have formed a partnership.

Posted November 04, 2014

NuoDB has introduced Swifts Release 2.1 which includes the first phase of its HTAP (Hybrid Transaction/Analytical Processing) capabilities. "HTAP" aims to provide real-time operational intelligence with the goal of allowing businesses to acquire immediate insights that they can then use to optimize their business processes

Posted November 04, 2014

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), in partnership with the OAUG Hyperion SIG, is hosting its Connection Point - Hyperion Online educational online series Nov. 17-19. The OAUG Connection Point - Hyperion Online features 18 training sessions on topics including budgeting and forecasting; financial management; data management; Oracle Hyperion Tax Provision; product improvements in Oracle Hyperion 11.1.2.3 and 11.1.2.3.500; as well as cloud, SaaS, on-premises and other deployment options.

Posted November 03, 2014

Azul Systems, a provider of Java runtime solutions, and DataStax, which provides DataStax Enterprise (DSE) built on Apache Cassandra, have formed a partnership to allow DSE customers to leverage Azul Zing. According to the companies, Zing is the best JVM for real-time Cassandra deployments, allowing Cassandra to operate more consistently by eliminating JVM-caused response time delays.

Posted November 03, 2014

The GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric has been accepted into the Apache Incubator program under the name "Apache Ignite." GridGain will continue to be a contributor to the Ignite code base while also adding enterprise-grade features to its commercial product. The platform's core code will be managed by the non-profit ASF.

Posted November 03, 2014

Percona, which provides enterprise-grade MySQL Support, consulting, training, managed services, and server development service, will be hosting Percona Live 2014 in London from November 3 to 4.

Posted October 29, 2014

Twitter and IBM have formed a new partnership to help improve organizations' understanding of their customers, markets and trends. The alliance brings together Twitter data with IBM's cloud-based analytics, customer engagement platforms, and consulting services. IBM says the collaboration will focus on 3 key areas.

Posted October 29, 2014

VMware has acquired the assets of Continuent. The Continuent team is joining VMware's Hybrid Cloud Business Unit. The acquisition offers "concrete benefits" to Continuent customers, said Robert Hodges, CEO of Continuent.

Posted October 29, 2014

While data warehouses have been the main data storage repository for companies since the 1970s, companies have begun to look on the horizon for what is next. To provide information about the key technologies, features, best practices, and pitfalls to consider when evaluating a data lake approach, Database Trends and Applications recently hosted a special roundtable webcast presented by Rich Reimer, VP of marketing and product management, Splice Machine; Rodan Zadeh, director of product marketing, Attunity; and George Corugedo, CTO and co-founder, RedPoint Global Inc.

Posted October 28, 2014

Within many companies' marketing departments there is a greater emphasis than ever before on using big data to make their products more appealing to customers. A major use for the data is to not only provide the best possible experience for the consumer, but to be able to provide it efficiently. Teradata's enhancements to the Teradata Integrated Marketing Cloud. are aimed at improving digital asset management and performance, real-time interaction management, and use of data in real time.

Posted October 28, 2014

Platfora, which provides a big data analytics platform built natively on Hadoop and Spark, has introduced Platfora 4.0 with advanced visualizations, geo-analytics capabilities, and collaboration features to enable users with a range of skill levels to work iteratively with data at scale.

Posted October 28, 2014

Protegrity, a provider of data security solutions, has announced an expanded partnership with Hadoop platform provider Hortonworks. Protegrity Avatar for Hortonworks extends the capabilities of HDP native security with Protegrity Vaultless Tokenization (PVT) for Apache Hadoop, Extended HDFS Encryption, and the Protegrity Enterprise Security Administrator, for advanced data protection policy, key management and auditing.

Posted October 28, 2014

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