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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

Cisco brought the fifth annual Data Virtualization Day to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to share details about advancements coming in Cisco Information Server 7.0, the advantages of data virtualization, and the importance of the network. A key component of 7.0 release of Cisco Information Server which will be shipped next month, is the Business Directory, which will support greater access to data among more users on a self-service basis.

Posted October 01, 2014

Big analytics and visualization company Datameer is releasing version 5.0 of the company's data analytics application for Hadoop. "Our vision overall is to make data simple and accessible for everyone," said Matt Schumpert, director of product management with Datameer, about version 5.0 improvements.

Posted October 01, 2014

In his keynote address, Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, Product Development, Oracle, showcased a brand new product, Oracle Big Data Discovery - a visual face to Hadoop - "that allows you to go to a browser, profile the data, explore the data, analyze the data, and do prediction and correlation," he said.

Posted September 30, 2014

With data volumes spiraling out of control, companies are searching for less expensive and more efficient storage technologies. The factors that are involved with these decisions were discussed in a recent DBTA webcast, "Building a Memory-First Database Architecture for Speed and Scalability," presented by Joe McKendrick, Unisphere Research analyst, and Shane Johnson, product marketing manager with Couchbase, provider of Couchbase Server, a document-oriented NoSQL database.

Posted September 30, 2014

GridGain Systems, a provider of open source in-memory computing solutions, has launched the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric. According to the company, the GridGain In-Memory Data Fabric is designed to serve the emerging needs of the real-time enterprise, which does not view datasets as historical events, but instead as actionable intelligence for immediate decision-making, and as a way to deal with changing market forces. Although analytics and transactional data functions have traditionally operated separately, companies now need to view them as part of the same "data fabric," and should implement strategies that are able to connect enterprise-wide data from all sources.

Posted September 30, 2014

ConnectX, a collaboration of experts in aeronautics, mathematics, physics, engineering, security and business, says terrestrial computing is too limited, and aims to replace the current cloud computing, storage and network infrastructure being used for big data with a space-based supercomputing platform.

Posted September 29, 2014

"Digital disruption" driven by technology is having an impact on the decisions IT organizations are making, Mark Hurd told the audience at the Moscone Center in his first OpenWorld keynote as Oracle CEO. Hurd described the dramatic impact cloud, exploding data volumes, social, business, consumer sophistication, and mobility are having on IT organizations, and then interviewed executives about the individual challenges faced by each, including Yael Cosset of dunnhumby; Stephen Little of Xerox; Jamie Miller of GE; Filippo Passerini of P&G; Kimberly S. Stevenson of Intel Corporation; and Tim Theriault of Walgreen Co.

Posted September 29, 2014

Oracle CTO Larry Ellison took the stage at the Moscone Center to kick off the Oracle OpenWorld conference on Sunday evening. As he does each year, Ellison outlined major announcements for the week and explained the company's technology vision to set the tone for the conference. Confirming analysts' predictions that 2014 would be the year of the cloud for Oracle, Ellison said 2014 is an inflection point for the company. Ellison's key announcement was Oracle's upgraded platform-as-a-service capability: a fourth generation upward-compatible database.

Posted September 29, 2014

Ron Bodkin founded Think Big Analytics to help organizations gain value from big data. Before that, he was vice president of engineering at Quantcast where he led the data science and engineering teams deploying Hadoop and NoSQL for batch and real-time decision making. In this interview, Bodkin who is CEO of Think Big, now a Teradata company, discusses the challenges organizations face in getting big data projects off the ground and what they need to consider when they embark on projects to leverage data from the Internet of Things and social media.

Posted September 25, 2014

In what is being heralded as an epic change at Oracle, Larry Ellison, the charismatic CEO of Oracle, is stepping down and will be succeeded by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd who will share the CEO position. Despite the widespread pronouncements that this is the end of an era and that Ellison is relinquishing his membership in the exclusive club of rock-star tech leaders that has included Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates, some industry insiders believe that is simply not the case. Ellison, they say, will remain a force to be reckoned with at Oracle.

Posted September 25, 2014

A new survey of data managers and professionals who are subscribers to DBTA finds that, over the next 10 years, about two-fifths of respondents expect to leave the field - with about half of those people retiring and the other half moving on to other jobs in management or self-employment.

Posted September 25, 2014

The expectations for technology in business have never been higher—thanks to the consumerization of IT, disruptions across the tech stack, and the emergence of new technology-based business models. And the pressures facing corporate IT departments been greater. So, how can business leaders and CIOs maximize the value of their technology investments to drive competitive business advantage? By tackling three important areas.

Posted September 25, 2014

Many in the industry have begun to look to data lakes and Hadoop as the future for data storage. To help shed light on the data lake approach, the pros and cons of this data repository were considered in a recent Unisphere webcast presented by Peter Evans, BI and analytics product evangelist and product technologist consultant, Dell Software; and Elliot King, Unisphere Research analyst.

Posted September 25, 2014

Attivio has released a new version of its Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) with enhancements to help help business users, developers and administrators do more with data and human-generated content. AIE 4.2's offers new user interfaces and role-based management enhancements.

Posted September 25, 2014

A new IBM blog by Adam Jollans, Program Director, Cross-IBM Linux Strategy, IBM explains how new workload demands and greater hardware heterogeneity are placing Linux at the heart of IT innovation. Linux used to be the commodity play, doing the same for less to help improve the bottom line, Jollans notes. But today, more than ever, Linux not only offers a price advantage but is a major force fueling innovation. That is why IBM continues to vigorously support Linux.

Posted September 24, 2014

Mayo Clinic and IBM are planning to use a specially designed version of Watson, the IBM's Linux-powered cognitive computer, to match patients more quickly with appropriate clinical trials. A proof-of-concept phase is currently underway, with the intent to introduce it into clinical use in early 2015.

Posted September 24, 2014

SAP has made updates to its solutions for enterprise information management (EIM) that provide enhanced support for big data sources, integration with SAP Lumira software for data discovery, as well as data protection and masking capabilities for better information governance. The solutions help customers put data to work by allowing them to have up-to-date, accurate information supporting their decisions.

Posted September 24, 2014

To help customers to meet demanding data challenges, Embarcadero Technologies has announced a major new XE6 release of its portfolio of database tools, including ER/Studio, DBArtisan and Rapid SQL.

Posted September 24, 2014

One of the major issues for companies trying to leverage big data is the length of time it takes for data to be analyzed. While being able to gather and store the data is essential, big data is useless if it cannot be analyzed. As data continues to grow, the processes for moving and analyzing it only become slower and more tedious.

Posted September 23, 2014

Melissa Data, a provider of contact data quality and data integration solutions, has formed a strategic relationship with V3Gate, an IT solutions provider to the federal government. Melissa Data and V3Gate will jointly execute a go-to-market plan with a near-term focus on Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted September 23, 2014

MapR Technologies has introduced the 4.0.1 version of the MapR Distribution including Hadoop. The latest MapR release expands real-time capabilities for use cases including operational applications, interactive queries and stream processing with new versions of Apache Drill, Apache Spark, and Apache HBase, while leveraging Hadoop 2.4, including YARN.

Posted September 23, 2014

NuoDB and Guardtime have formed an alliance to eliminate the confines and issues of sharing data on a global scale. According to Guardtime, its Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) provides webscale, mathematical certainty that an enterprise's infrastructure is in the correct state and alerting when it is not. NuoDB is a distributed database designed for global application deployment.

Posted September 23, 2014

Oracle has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a Lafayette, Colorado-based provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. According to John Fowler, executive vice president of Oracle Systems, Front Porch Digital's capabilities complement Oracle's existing engineered storage solutions.

Posted September 17, 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Oracle executives, customers, and partners will participate in keynote presentations that examine how modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems are having an impact on businesses globally and supporting innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.

Posted September 17, 2014

FoundationDB has introduced SQL Layer, a SQL database engine powered by the FoundationDB key-value store. By providing a familiar SQL interface, the new SQL Layer "reduces the barriers to adoption by orders of magnitude," said Ori Herrnstadt, head of SQL Layer development at FoundationDB.

Posted September 16, 2014

Basho has announced the general availability of version 2.0 of its NoSQL database Riak, which extends the platform in five major ways: search, security, advanced data types, ease of use, and the tiered storage.

Posted September 16, 2014

Recognizing that it is the startups that need enterprise features and high level support more than anyone else, but are least equipped to pay for it, Aerospike Inc. has announced a startup special to attract new customers to its open source flash optimized, in-memory open source NoSQL database. In addition, Aerospike has also announced a new trade-in program, that allows enterprises to swap out certain existing technology for Aerospike Enterprise Edition, for no cost throughout the duration of their standing software and support licenses.

Posted September 16, 2014

IBM has developed new M5 servers that are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

Posted September 15, 2014

Our friends at GT Software shared the results of their latest survey of 7,500 IT executives with us: Mainframe system operators are working hard to extend their systems out to the digital enterprise - web, mobile and customer engagement.

Posted September 15, 2014

In their many years of existence, in-memory databases and technologies have meant one thing to most observers: running applications and serving up data at lightning-fast speeds. Now, as data increasingly evolves into a strategic enterprise asset, in-memory databases have implications beyond blazing bits and bytes. They are opening new opportunities for business innovation and growth.

Posted September 11, 2014

When it comes to data analysis, companies often have a long project list with each project having it's own set of specific needs - the net result is a lengthy and growing project backlog. Since the late 1980s, business intelligence (BI) vendors have been attempting to address this backlog through various "ease of use" enhancements. We've seen big improvements with the latest generation of cloud-based BI solutions. But how can companies evaluate which analysis projects will work well with a cloud-based solution?

Posted September 10, 2014

Vormetric, Intel, and MongoDB have worked together to integrate and test a combined configuration which they say overcomes the longstanding concern that adoption of encryption technologies might reduce throughput and capacity of a database implementation. With the combined solution set, they say, not only is there no degradation in performance, but performance with encryption greatly exceeds that without encryption. "With Vormetric, MongoDB customers not only gain critical safeguards required for use of sensitive data, but incur no performance penalties due to the additional performance boost available from the optimized Intel hardware encryption, and Vormetric's kernel driver optimization," said Vijay Vijayasankar, VP of Global Channels and Business Development at MongoDB Inc.

Posted September 09, 2014

Enhancements in Yellowfin 7.1 are concentrated on extending its capabilities in core technical areas by increasing the number of visualizations supported by Yellowfin's Auto Chart functionality and improving CSV support. In addition, Yellowfin provides the ability to track data geographically and that improves with version 7.1. "The ability to combine location-relevant information with other business data and map that insight is becoming increasingly important across the board," said Yellowfin CEO Glen Rabie.

Posted September 09, 2014

Continuing its push to help developers create new connected apps for the Internet of Things, Embarcadero has made the latest release of Appmethod available to active subscribers and new Appmethod developers. The release is aimed at helping developers streamline the creation of apps for IoT using a single app development platform and shared C++ codebase. According to Embarcadero, Appmethod September 2014 Release provides a complete software development solution for building natively compiled C++ apps that connect mobile and desktop devices, sensors, gadgets, wearables, cloud services, and data.

Posted September 08, 2014

DataStax, a data management company that provides an enterprise distribution of Apache Cassandra, has scored $106 million in Series E financing. With this new round of funding, DataStax says it plans to continue to drive enterprise adoption and innovation in Apache Cassandra, and will further invest in the developer community, which now spans over 80 countries. DataStax also plans to continue its momentum in Europe, Asia and Japan by rapidly growing engineering, sales and marketing teams in those regions.

Posted September 04, 2014

Broadening the range of tools at its disposal to help customers who are grappling with emerging technologies for leveraging unstructured data, Teradata this week announced its acquisition of Think Big Analytics, a consulting and solutions company that is focused exclusively on Hadoop and open source big data solutions.

Posted September 04, 2014

Moore's Law is coming to an end and silicon alone will not be able to continue to deliver 2x performance gains to address the expanding demands of applications hungry for data, hungry for performance, and hungry for analytics insight. What's needed is a new way to innovate, a new way to continue to drive performance increases.

Posted September 03, 2014

IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers to help accelerate software development to meet the growing global demand for new kinds of applications that take advantage of IBM's POWER8 architecture. The expansion - a more than 10x increase in global reach - provides in-person and online access to Linux on Power Systems application development resources to potentially thousands of additional IBM Business Partners, developers, and clients worldwide in key regions including Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.

Posted September 03, 2014

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