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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

Newton, Mass.-based ScaleBase has announced the 3.0 version of its Distributed Database Platform. ScaleBase also introduced a beta program for a new product called Analysis Genie that helps companies determine the best way to scale out a database from a single MySQL instance to a distributed cluster by analyzing their schema and queries.

Posted March 20, 2014

SAP PowerDesigner, an information modeling and enterprise architecture tool, can now integrate into an organization's operational process intelligence. The new release of SAP Sybase PowerDesigner includes integration with the SAP Solution Manager application management solution, full business process model and notation (BPMN) standard support for improved visibility upstream and downstream across teams using SAP NetWeaver Process Orchestration and additional support for SAP HANA.

Posted March 19, 2014

Today, HP announced the new ConvergedSystem for SAP HANA, a portfolio of integrated systems to help accelerate clients' SAP HANA time to value. According to HP's Frances Guida, HP is addressing two dominant market trends with products - the strong rate of in-memory adoption and the need for purpose-built systems that alleviate integration complexity.

Posted March 19, 2014

Oracle announced that fiscal 2014 Q3 total revenues were up 4% to $9.3 billion. In constant currency, Oracle's Cloud Software subscriptions revenues grew 25% and its Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter, said Oracle president and CFO Safra Catz in a statement released by the company.

Posted March 19, 2014

Today, businesses are ending up with more and more critical dependency on their data infrastructure. If underlying database systems are not available, manufacturing floors cannot operate, stock exchanges cannot trade, retail stores cannot sell, banks cannot serve customers, mobile phone users cannot place calls, stadiums cannot host sports games, gyms cannot verify their subscribers' identity. Here is a look at some of the trends and how they are going to impact data management professionals.

Posted March 19, 2014

At an event in New York City, IBM and leading researchers at the New York Genome Center (NYGC) unveiled a new collaboration to advance genomic medicine using IBM Watson, the cognitive computing system that won fame and fortune in its 2011 Jeopardy! competition.

Posted March 19, 2014

Cloudera has closed on a new round of funding for $160 million which will be used to further drive the enterprise adoption of and innovation in Hadoop and promote the enterprise data hub (EDH) market; support geographic expansion into Europe and Asia; expand its services and support capabilities; and scale the field and engineering organizations. The funding round was led by T. Rowe Price, and included an investment by Google Ventures and an affiliate of MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm for Michael S. Dell and his family.

Posted March 18, 2014

You have until April 11 to take advantage of special pricing for DBTA's Data Summit, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. Providing an intensive 2-day immersion into critical technologies for becoming a data-driven enterprise, IT practitioners and business stakeholders alike will benefit from Data Summit.

Posted March 18, 2014

Forward-looking CIOs and IT organizations are exploring new strategies for tapping into non-traditional sources of information such as websites, tweets and blogs. While this is a step in right direction, it misses the bigger picture of the big data landscape.

Posted March 17, 2014

Pivotal has introduced Pivotal HD 2.0 and Pivotal GemFire XD, which along with the HAWQ query engine, form the foundation for the Business Data Lake architecture, a big data application framework for enterprise

Posted March 17, 2014

Along with big data there come some fundamental challenges. The biggest challenge is that big data is not able to be analyzed using standard analytical software. There is new technology called "textual disambiguation" which allows raw unstructured text to have its context specifically determined.

Posted March 14, 2014

As the deployment of big data analytics becomes part of a business' "must-do" list, cloud platforms offer the scalability, flexibility, and on-demand ability to handle workload spikes that are hard to come by with on-premises systems. But, as is the case with every system and data environment, it takes careful planning to achieve the desired business value—which is to enable unprecedented opportunities to better understand and engage with key customer segments and markets.

Posted March 12, 2014

Data Summit will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, from May 12 to May 14. The advance program is now available and registration is open with a special early bird registration rate when you register before April 11, 2014.

Posted March 12, 2014

To recognize the best information management solutions in the marketplace, Database Trends and Applications has launched the DBTA Readers' Choice Awards, a program in which the winners will be selected by the experts whose opinions count above all others - you. The nominations period will conclude on March 28, 2014, and voting will begin on April 11.

Posted March 12, 2014

Tableau and Splunk have formed an alliance, which allows users of Tableau's visual analytics software to access machine data with Splunk Enterprise. The ability to use Tableau to visualize structured data with machine data in Splunk will enable customers to gain new business insights.

Posted March 10, 2014

SAP underscored the company's strategy which focuses squarely on HANA and the cloud in a webcast presented by Jonathan Becher, chief marketing officer of SAP, and Vishal Sikka, member of the Executive Board of SAP AG, Products & Innovation. The company rolled out new and enhanced offerings for the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, the SAP HANA Marketplace, HANA's new pricing, innovations on top of HANA, and also announced that HANA had broken the Guinness World Record for the largest data warehouse ever built - 12.1PB.

Posted March 05, 2014

AvePoint Compliance Guardian Service Pack (SP) 2, the latest release of AvePoint's enterprise platform for managing information, availability, risk, and compliance adds support for cloud and social platforms, improved incident tracking and management and encryption and redaction.

Posted February 28, 2014

The explosion of virtual machines (VMs) has propelled the growth of data storage across all industries. Yet, despite the clear benefits, the popularity of virtual servers is placing strain on traditional data center infrastructure and storage devices. What's the solution?

Posted February 27, 2014

Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) and IBM have launched a Big Data Survey to provide a timely analysis of the key technologies, practices and strategies that businesses across different industries are using to improve confidence in their decision making. Respond with a completed survey by March 2nd, 2014, in order to be included in a drawing to win one of three $200 American Express gift cards to be awarded at the conclusion of the study.

Posted February 26, 2014

The newest version of DataStax's eponymously named enterprise database platform adds a new in-memory option as well as enterprise search enhancements to support high performance. Along with the latest release of its enterprise NoSQL database, DataStax has also introduced version 4.1 of DataStax OpsCenter which supplies improved capacity management capabilities and visual monitoring of production database clusters.

Posted February 26, 2014

Enterprise data warehouses aren't going away anytime soon. Despite claims that Hadoop will usurp the role of data warehousing, Hadoop needs data warehouses, just as data warehouses need Hadoop. However, making the leap from established data warehouse environments—the kind most companies still have, based on extract, transform and load (ETL) inputs with a relational data store and query and analysis tools—to the big data realm isn't a quick hop.

Posted February 26, 2014

Believing that its ability to do advanced customer analytics on an increasingly vast data set would be enhanced by a platform that would grow exponentially, the customer science company dunnhumby turned to Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Advanced Analytics. dunnhumby's global chief information officer Yael Cosset explains what the company gained with the implementation.

Posted February 26, 2014

The popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" outlined, in an entertaining fashion, the core question of big data, to find the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything." Today, big data describes our development along this path to answer all the questions by collecting and interpreting all the data, but not all data is equal and not all the answers are worthwhile computing.

Posted February 26, 2014

ISUG-TECH 2014 in Atlanta, April 14-17, will be the first technology event to explore the features and functionality in Sybase ASE 16. The conference will provide more than 150 hours of technical session, more than 60 hours of workshops, and more than 50 expert speakers, and a range of workshops, including the SAP ASE Quick Start for Oracle and SQL Server DBAs workshop which will double as a refresher course for people who had been Sybase DBAs but have not recently been in that role.

Posted February 26, 2014

After almost two decades of delivering technology training and education to customers, partners, consultants, and employees through the SAP TechEd conference series, SAP is changing the conference name to SAP d-code.

Posted February 26, 2014

The latest release of Embarcadero's portfolio of database tools adds first-class support for Teradata in addition to updating support for the latest releases of the major RDBMSs. Overall, a key theme for the XE5 releases is an emphasis on scale, as big data, with big models and big applications, requires close collaboration across big teams, said Henry Olson, Embarcadero director of product management.

Posted February 26, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 26, 2014

In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the array of choices for not only managing relational and unstructured data but also protecting it and extracting value from it. To shine a spotlight on the best data management offerings, DBTA will soon open nominations for our first-ever Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted February 26, 2014

IBM has agreed to acquire Cloudant, Inc., a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to create mobile and web apps. Following the close, which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2014, Cloudant will join IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group led by Senior Vice President Bob Picciano, a business unit within the IBM Software & Systems Group.

Posted February 24, 2014

Infobright has added a new Approximate Query functionality to the Infobright Enterprise Edition. The new functionality, which is now in beta testing, speeds up customer access to the results of their ad hoc queries.

Posted February 21, 2014

To say that big data is the sum of its volume, variety, and velocity is a lot like saying that nuclear power is simply and irreducibly a function of fission, decay, and fusion. It's to ignore the societal and economic factors that—for good or ill—ultimately determine how big data gets used. In other words, if we want to understand how big data has changed data integration, we need to consider the ways in which we're using—or in which we want to use—big data.

Posted February 21, 2014

Informatica 9.6 aims to simplify use for all types of data projects - ranging from day to day reporting to comprehensive data analysis. In addition, the latest release of the data integration platform delivers critical business data up to five times faster than traditional approaches, the company says.

Posted February 20, 2014

MapR Technologies, a provider of an an enterprise-grade platform for NoSQL and Hadoop, is expanding its Asia Pac presence with a new office in Seoul and a partnership agreement with LG CNS, a global IT service provider that will provide system integration and consulting services across Korea for the MapR Distribution for Hadoop and NoSQL.

Posted February 19, 2014

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for big data applications, has completed a $15M Series B round of funding, led by InterWest Partners, along with returning Series A investor Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). The investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing in preparation for the company's upcoming public beta offering later this quarter.

Posted February 18, 2014

Alpine Data Labs has introduced a collaboration solution that aims to help deliver on the predictive analytics potential of big data. Alpine Chorus 3.0 is a product that it allows users to log in, work with colleagues, and explore data.

Posted February 18, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted February 14, 2014

Today at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, MapR Technologies unveiled the latest MapR Distribution including Hadoop 2.2 with YARN for next-generation resource management. The company also announced availability of the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, which provides a fully-configured virtual machine installation of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop to allow users to jump-start their Hadoop exploration; and the early access release of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform on MapR.

Posted February 11, 2014

A new report provides an accurate and consistent assessment of current enterprise database management practices, solutions and tools in use, and the important challenges facing database administrators and their organizations. The report is based on an Oracle-sponsored survey conducted by Unisphere Research, the research arm of Datbase Trends and Applications (DBTA).

Posted February 11, 2014

Solid State Disk (SSD)—particularly flash SSD—promised to revolutionize database performance by providing a storage media that was orders of magnitude faster than magnetic disk, offering the first significant improvement in disk I/O latency for decades. Aerospike is a NoSQL database that attempts to provide a database architecture that can fully exploit the I/O characteristics of flash SSD.

Posted February 10, 2014

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

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