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Big Data

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

MicroStrategy is partnering with Alation, offering users of Alation Data access to a data catalog directly within the MicroStrategy interface that can seamlessly conduct self-service enterprise data discovery and analytics in the MicroStrategy platform. When Alation connects to an organization's data sources, it crawls and indexes data assets stored across different physical repositories, including databases, Hadoop files and data visualization tools, to produce a rich catalog.

Posted April 18, 2017

SnapLogic is launching a new technology that uses artificial intelligence to automate highly repetitive, low-level development tasks, eliminating the integration backlog that stifles most technology initiatives. The new technology, named Iris, uses advanced algorithms to learn from millions of data flows via the SnapLogic Enterprise Integration Cloud, and applies that learning to improve the speed and quality of integrations across data, applications, and business processes.

Posted April 18, 2017

Actian is rolling out a new portfolio focusing the brand on addressing the demands of today's hybrid data-driven enterprises. "What you see is a connected, seamless approach to delivering against hybrid data with two new products we are announcing," said Jeff Veis, SVP of marketing at Actian.

Posted April 18, 2017

Data security is making headlines more frequently these days as breaches become a common daily occurrence. The implications are wide-reaching and span the healthcare, financial services, government, manufacturing industries and more. At Data Summit 2017, Robert Pearl, president of Pearl Knowledge Solutions, will examine the types of emerging cyber threats and how enterprises can stay ahead of the game by using the right tools to secure data.

Posted April 18, 2017

One of the significant changes enterprises should expect to gain speed this year is the expanding role of business users in IT. Fences around the IT landscape are slowly coming down and business users are playing an active part in the digital transformation. It's uncharted territory, driving an increased demand for information governance initiatives to help companies use data to navigate the transformation. Here are trends to watch as data and business users' roles evolve within IT and across the enterprise.

Posted April 18, 2017

As mobile has pushed deeper into enterprises, there is a growing recognition that it may be possible to run significant parts of businesses from relatively small devices. While mobile devices may not be ready to run entire enterprises, in many cases, they certainly can run more limited functions.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's enterprise database environments are growing in size and complexity, fueled by rising data volumes and new business demands. Many databases that have been at the heart of existing enterprises to power mission-critical applications are now being positioned to support new Digital Native businesses. As a result, 24x7 high availability is no longer a luxury for select applications; it's a necessity for the bulk of the business—many organizations can no longer afford downtime in their data environments—even for a minute.

Posted April 18, 2017

Today's products and services connect to the world around its users. In an effort to help people support more devices and understand the Internet of Things space, Verizon launched ThingSpace, an IoT development platform that allows its enterprise customers to build and connect their own IoT applications.

Posted April 18, 2017

The top reasons for implementing Internet of Things projects include increasing new business revenue sources, increasing customer and product knowledge, and reducing operating expenses. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar on how best to derive business value from IoT featuring Kevin Petrie, senior director and technology evangelist at Attunity; Jamie Morgan senior solutions architect at HPE Security - Data Security; and Becky Hanenkrat consulting sales specialist at North America database and data warehousing at IBM.

Posted April 18, 2017

Data integrity is not just an important thing, it's the only thing. If the data is wrong, then there is no reason to even keep it, says database management expert Craig S. Mullins, who will present a talk on "Ensuring Data Integrity in Operational Databases Systems" at Data Summit 2017. Mullins is president and principal consultant of Mullins Consulting, an IBM Gold Consultant, and a DBTA columnist.

Posted April 18, 2017

Oracle has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wercker, a company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that provides a Docker-native continuous integration and deployment automation platform for Kubernetes and microservice deployments.

Posted April 17, 2017

Over the last decade, VMware virtualization has become a preferred platform for hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them running their business-critical applications on the virtualized infrastructure. At the center of many of these BCA environments is the Oracle Database Management System. However, there is still a significant amount of confusion regarding how to properly license Oracle software in those VMware environments.

Posted April 13, 2017

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is announcing its HPE SecureData platform has achieved the industry's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData has the world's first FIPS-validated AES-FF1 encryption configuration option to operate in strict FIPS mode, according to the vendor.

Posted April 13, 2017

Oracle provides informational resources, including educational events, webcasts, and white papers.

Posted April 12, 2017

IOUG offers webcasts on a range of topics including big data, security, cloud, and many more.

Posted April 12, 2017

Thanks so much to everyone who attended COLLABORATE 17 and joined us in Vegas last week! We hope you enjoyed yourself and left feeling recharged and armed with knowledge to make a difference in your business.

Posted April 12, 2017

Now is the time to register for the Large Tape User Group's (LTUG) Annual Spring conference! The can't miss event will take place May 1-4 in Broomfield, Colorado.

Posted April 12, 2017

DBTA's Data Summit is a unique event that brings together IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike at its fourth annual conference in New York City this spring. Top corporations, government agencies, and public institutions gather together to learn about the leading technologies and strategies for succeeding in this increasingly data-driven world.

Posted April 12, 2017

The Oracle Public Cloud Offering has achieved a series of compliance certifications and attestations for for a number of core services.

Posted April 12, 2017

Oracle has unveiled its Cloud Converged Storage, which, it says, represents the first time a public cloud provider at scale has integrated its cloud services with its on-premises, high performance NAS storage systems.

Posted April 12, 2017

Innovative technologies, such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics, and IoT, have had, and will continue to have, broad impact that we don't yet fully understand. Organizations that adopt these technologies will require new business models and processes. We will need to understand who our customers are and what they expect. The world of work as we know it today will continue to evolve at a faster pace—this is why adaptability and resilience are critical to a vibrant career.

Posted April 12, 2017

Sisense has launched Sisense Pulse, a new alerting system that provides proactive notifications about a user's most important business events, in real time when changes occur.

Posted April 12, 2017

Altaro, a provider of virtual machine (VM) data protection, has introduced VM Backup version 7, a backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that is targeted at SMBs.

Posted April 11, 2017

NTT Security, the specialized security company of NTT Group, has announced the formation of the Global Threat Intelligence Center (GTIC). Cyber threats are by nature global, and NTT Security's threat intelligence capabilities will now reflect this, offering a comprehensive view of the threat landscape but with regional delivery.

Posted April 11, 2017

M-Files Corporation, a provider of solutions to improve how businesses manage documents and other information, has introduced offerings that help companies better protect their customers' personal data and adhere to GDPR requirements. The objective of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is to simplify and harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, and give EU citizens control of their Personally Identifiable Information (PII). There are substantial non-compliance fines—up to 20 million euros or 4% of global annual turnover based on the preceding financial year, whichever is greater.

Posted April 11, 2017

Melissa, a provider of global data quality and identity verification solutions, has launched Contact Zone as a comprehensive customer data management platform. Optimized for organizations that want to make trusted data available across the enterprise through the combination of Pentaho Data Integration (PDI) and Melissa global data verification and enrichment tools, Contact Zone offers extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) capabilities with data cleansing and enrichment functionality to help data stewards achieve a single customer view, break down information silos, improve data quality, and develop CRM and marketing strategies that boost revenue.

Posted April 11, 2017

IBM is bringing the cognitive capabilities of Watson to the service desk for a more intelligent workplace, which will work to anticipate, predict and act to meet current and future tech support requirements. IBM's Workplace Support Service with Watson will add analytics and Watson's cognitive capabilities, learning from user behavior and improving over time. It can support individuals on any device, any time and at any location, and will offer faster resolution of IT issues, handling the majority of support tickets when integrated with other helpdesk automation functions.

Posted April 10, 2017

Software AG has updated its Zementis Predictive Analytics product to support IBM z Systems and Adabas and Natural applications and databases. Zementis supports artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning models in batch or real-time transactions, which in turn delivers operational AI for fast-moving, big data applications.

Posted April 10, 2017

IBM has announced it is the first provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. The combination of NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform is intended to help organizations more efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

Posted April 10, 2017

OVH is acquiring VMware's vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

Posted April 10, 2017

MapR Technologies has released an updated version of the MapR Ecosystem Pack (MEP) program, a set of open source ecosystem projects that support applications running on the MapR Converged Data Platform with inter-project compatibility.

Posted April 10, 2017

To meet the new demands of managing infrastructure in the cloud in a proactive manner, the new role of the "cloud keeper" has emerged. The cloud keeper is part technologist, part accountant, and part administrator. The cloud keeper has financial responsibility for keeping control of infrastructure expenses to prevent financial chaos. The role is part technical, since it requires an understanding of how and where resources are deployed. The cloud keeper must know how a resource is paid for and have enough technical expertise to know which resources can be spun up or down or would be better suited for one cloud paradigm over another.

Posted April 07, 2017

While companies often view processes from their frame of reference, "cutting" processes up according to department, business objective, or other internal aspect, customers obviously do not act according to the same taxonomy and—from the perspective of the company—appear to jump from process to process, from department to department, and from channel to channel, making it difficult for businesses to truly follow a customer through his or her whole journey.

Posted April 07, 2017

By now we are all in agreement: The business of data is changing. Business users are more empowered to work with data; IT is becoming less about control and more about enablement. New data science job descriptions—such as the data scientist—are springing up as companies everywhere look for the right people with the right skill sets to squeeze more value from their data. Data itself is getting bigger, hardware more economical, and analytical software more "self-service." We've embraced the paradigm shift from traditional BI to iterative data discovery. It's a new era.

Posted April 07, 2017

As the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution works its way through marketing hype and seeks its place of valuable contribution within companies and industries, you might pause to wonder how IoT can create opportunities for your company. Yet that assessment is difficult in part because the buzz does not always align with reality. In short, it's no simple task to discern the true potential of IoT today, leaving one to wonder: What is realistic, what difference could IoT make in my company, and how mature are other companies in embracing IoT potential?

Posted April 07, 2017

The concept of data lakes is a great one, but if not done correctly, this treasure trove of information can quickly turn into a black abyss for data analysts and scientists, let alone business users.

Posted April 07, 2017

Make no mistake: Big data is promising, exciting, and effective—when done right. Once considered an overhyped buzzword, it's now a potential tool that leaders in every vertical want to harness. Unfortunately, the majority of new big data projects—about 55% of them, according to Gartner—are shuttered before they even get off the ground.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been a sea of change in how enterprises are thinking about Apache Hadoop and big data. Today, a majority of enterprises are thinking about the cloud first, not on-premises, and are increasingly relying on ecosystem standards to drive their Apache Hadoop distribution selection.

Posted April 07, 2017

Elastic and Google have formed a partnership to bring managed support of Elastic's open source search and analytics platform to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership will provide customers a managed open source search and analytics solution that leverages GCP's global network and scale.

Posted April 07, 2017

Voting has opened for the 2017 Database Trends and Applications Readers' Choice Awards. Unlike other awards programs that rely on our editorial staff's evaluations, the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards are unique in that the winning information management solutions are chosen by you - the people who actually use them.

Posted April 07, 2017

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey."

Posted April 07, 2017

It often seems that working around things is a full-time task in every area of information technology. When workarounds are conceived and deployed, people are not always in agreement.

Posted April 07, 2017

There has been plenty of dialogue within the IT community about when to migrate to the cloud, how to migrate to the cloud, which provider offers customers the best cloud environments, and the due diligence or governance that is necessary before taking that big step. There are larger waves of change nipping at our heels, yet we seem content to continue discussing a technology that is a means to an end.

Posted April 07, 2017

There's a wide and growing acceptance that containers are replacing operating systems as the deployment target for application components. While application modules were previously designed to be installed upon a specific version of an operating system on a particular hardware platform, they are now increasingly being designed to run within a virtualized representation of an operating system—most frequently within a Docker container.

Posted April 07, 2017

While not the most media-hyped technology, databases are certainly one of the most crucial when it comes to our always-online, always-connected society. Databases power not just the applications and websites we use every day, but the businesses that generate revenue and fuel the economy. The internet relies on functioning and well-performing databases to operate.

Posted April 07, 2017

"Temporality" is a term that database managers know well, but it may be a new one for business managers. That has to change, as the temporality your database supports­—or, how it handles time—could be the difference between whether or not the business will increase revenue, pay a fine, or identify new opportunities. Especially important in this regard is "bitemporality," which is the ability to examine data across different points in time.

Posted April 07, 2017

IDS, a leading RV, Marine and Trailer dealership software provider, is partnering with Kore Technologies, adding the Kourier Integrator REST Gateway and associated capabilities to its Astra G2 platform. The move makes dealership data more accessible through RESTful web services application programming interface (API).

Posted April 07, 2017

ONgroup Intl., a provider of solutions that combine MultiValue with SQL, .NET and more, is launching its platform directly on Microsoft .NET, giving users the opportunity to boost their MultiValue systems. Companies can run in the .NET or Mono CLR, the Common Language Runtime. MVON# is the toolset that allows sites to keep what works while removing barriers to integration with contemporary technologies.

Posted April 07, 2017

It is difficult to find someone not talking about or considering using containers to deploy and manage their enterprise applications. A container just looks like another process running on a system; a dedicated CPU and pre-allocated memory aren't required in order to run a container. The simplicity of building, deploying, and managing containers is among the reasons that containers are growing rapidly in popularity.

Posted April 07, 2017

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