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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

This spring, join thousands of your fellow technologists and database administrators to grow your career and get the most out of your Oracle products at COLLABORATE 16 - IOUG Forum.

Posted November 18, 2015

Every year, we ask members of the IOUG community to share the tips and best practices they use in their work all the time - the code snippets and favorite queries they keep within easy reach. And this year is no exception.

Posted November 18, 2015

The PASS Summit 2015, the largest conference in the Microsoft SQL Server world, was held in October in Seattle, WA. The event provided a look at key initiatives that Microsoft's SQL Server group has been working on and a glimpse of what's ahead for the future.

Posted November 18, 2015

Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. has completed the acquisition of Syncsort. "Our organic product investments and related software acquisitions over the last couple of years have been singularly focused on one of the most important secular growth opportunities in the technology industry today: demand for software that liberates data and existing budgets for use in advanced machine learning and business intelligence systems," said Lonne Jaffe, CEO of Syncsort.

Posted November 18, 2015

EMC has unveiled an assortment of products and solutions designed to connect primary storage and data protection systems to private and public clouds. "Cloud has become a strategic imperative for our customers," said Christopher Ratcliffe, SVP, EMC Core Technologies. And, one of the things that EMC often hears from customers, he said, is that even if they don't want to use it today, they want to know that they have the option to do so in the future if they choose.

Posted November 17, 2015

Splice Machine is releasing a new update to its relational database platform that will combine the power and flexibility of Hadoop and Spark. "Our version 2.0 takes our first version which scaled out on the Hadoop stack. Now, we are adding a new computation engine on HBase which is Spark," said Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO of Splice Machine. "The benefit is that someone can use us as a regular SQL database management system and we will automatically take their queries and forward them to the proper computational engine for fast transactional types of updates."

Posted November 17, 2015

Graylog, which provides the Graylog open source log management platform, has announced a MongoDB plug-in that integrates directly with the MongoDB database profiler to collect, parse, normalize, and aggregate log events from the profiler, thus enabling Graylog's search and analysis tools to help easily find and fix issues.

Posted November 17, 2015

Alpine Data has announced the general availability of the Alpine Custom Operator Framework, a methodology for developing custom algorithms that can be plugged into Alpine's parallel machine learning engine. Complementing Alpine Touchpoints, the Custom Operator Framework enables data science and business analyst teams to create, manage and distribute frequently-requested analytic assets to business users directly into their existing activities and workflows.

Posted November 17, 2015

Not too long ago, large volumes of information were available only to the select few organizations able to afford the expensive IT infrastructure to collect, store, manage, and analyze it—the big-budget companies with seemingly bottomless pockets, or the professional research services that built empires on collecting and interpreting data. But now, through the realized effects of Moore's law, along with the consumerization of BI tools, this data is increasingly available to everyone—and without having to dig deep into budgets or employ robust IT departments.

Posted November 13, 2015

As the business value of big data increases, vendors are offering cloud-hosted big data technology, known as big data as a service (BDaaS). Why choose BDaaS instead of on-premises deployments? Do you lack internal IT expertise in big data? Is the upfront cost for a cluster an issue? Or do you not have the luxury of time to build a cluster? These are all important questions when considering BDaaS.

Posted November 13, 2015

With the Hadoop ecosystem expanding rapidly, Hortonworks' Shaun Connolly recently discussed how Hadoop and related technologies are growing and being used, as well as the factors for a successful deployment.

Posted November 13, 2015

A typical organization loses about 5% of its revenues to fraud each year. The total cost of non-health insurance fraud in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $40 billion per year. These numbers stress the importance and need of finding sophisticated tools to both detect and prevent fraud. Big data and analytics offer a new valuable toolkit in the fight against fraud.

Posted November 13, 2015

"Caveat emptor" is Latin for "Let the buyer beware." In the realm of the modern information technology cloud, this sage advice rings especially true.

Posted November 13, 2015

With increased demand for mass customization and personalization, the emergence of Web 2.0, and one-to-one marketing, and the need for better risk management and timely fraud detection, the pressure is on for organizations to improve their ability to extract, understand, and exploit analytical patterns of customer behavior and strategic intelligence.

Posted November 12, 2015

At Oracle OpenWorld each year, there are significant announcements about Oracle products and insight provided on key areas of focus for the future. Melissa English, president of the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), recently reflected on some of the key developments at the 2015 OpenWorld conference and their relevance for OAUG members. In particular, said English, "Oracle's announcements about continuing to support on-premises apps for the next 10 years and beyond are significant."

Posted November 12, 2015

SUSE has announced enhancements and additions to its training programs for users of enterprise Linux, storage and cloud solutions. They include new courses for SUSE OpenStack Cloud and SUSE Enterprise Storage, the availability of online technical certification training and exams, a cross-certification agreement with the Linux Foundation, and an improved, SUSE-focused worldwide training partner network.

Posted November 11, 2015

SUSE has launched beta testing of SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, giving customers an early look at the latest enterprise-ready technology for building Infrastructure-as-a-Service private clouds. Based on the OpenStack release Liberty, SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6 delivers high availability enhancements and non-disruptive upgrades along with Docker and IBM z Systems mainframe support to ease the transition of business-critical applications and data to the cloud.

Posted November 11, 2015

Microsoft and Red Hat have announced a partnership to provide Red Hat solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. Microsoft is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads on Microsoft Azure.

Posted November 11, 2015

To keep pace with consumer demand for the latest mobile technology, companies want to develop secure cutting-edge applications at high speed—and without major investments in extra infrastructure. Previously, enterprises had no way to harness the cutting-edge power of Node.js technology alongside systems of record on their mainframes.

Posted November 11, 2015

IBM LinuxONE is a portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions for an enterprise grade Linux environment. IBM LinuxONE brings together the flexibility and agility of the open revolution with the industry's most advanced, trusted and performance enterprise system.

Posted November 11, 2015

The IBM LinuxONE channel is expanding to meet global demands and address the increasing growth and requirements of Linux in the market. IBM Business Partners that are looking to add LinuxONE to their sales portfolio can get started today.

Posted November 11, 2015

Mizuho Bank, Ltd. needed to transform its online and mobile banking systems while decreasing IT costs. With the help of IBM, Mizuho updated online and mobile applications, keeping user satisfaction high and expanding its online presence by gaining scalability and sustainability while reducing overall costs.

Posted November 11, 2015

Almost all the opportunities that Key Information Systems Inc. (KeyInfo) is working on today, as well as the conversations it is having with clients, are in relation to hybrid cloud deployments.

Posted November 11, 2015

Site Ox is rolling out new IBM Power Systems POWER8 processor-based systems that will support both big-endian or little-endian operating systems on the same physical hardware, creating new opportunities for consolidation.

Posted November 11, 2015

Seismic data processor Earth Signal has deployed IBM Power Systems S822L servers with IBM POWER8 CPUs running Linux to maximize core- and thread-count within the physical limits of its data center, enabling extremely fast delivery of seismic results to industry clients and 20 times greater server density.

Posted November 11, 2015

Without the ability to adapt quickly to changing fashion trends, major shoe retailer HR Group risked carrying unsold and discounted stock. HR Group migrated to SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems for SAP Business Warehouse, taking advantage of the latest IBM POWER8 technology and centralized IBM Storwize V5000 storage

Posted November 11, 2015

A new white paper from IDC highlights the importance of assessing big data and analytics requirements not as a single, homogeneous requirement but as a range of potential use cases.

Posted November 11, 2015

Credit card fraud is on the increase and identity theft is growing. In a new white paper about fraud in the modern world, Mike Ferguson of Intelligent Business Strategies writes about the business impact of fraud, how to develop a fraud-protection strategy and how IBM z Systems analytics solutions and predictive models can help reduce risk exposure and loss from fraud.

Posted November 11, 2015

To help organizations take advantage of the API economy, IBM has announced API Harmony with intelligent cloud-based API matchmaking technology for developers as part of a series of technology, product and services announcements to advance the growing API economy.

Posted November 11, 2015

As the open source ecosystem grows, open standards are increasingly important, writes Shirley S. Savage in IBM Systems magazine.

Posted November 11, 2015

Spark, the open source in memory analytics framework, has come to the IBM mainframe. In a new IBM Systems magazine article, Mythili Venkatakrishnan, IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and the z Systems Architecture and Technology Lead for Analytics, explains what Spark is, what IBM has done to enable it for the mainframe, what it means for mainframe analytics going forward and a glimpse into where we expect it to head.

Posted November 11, 2015

The new Real-Time Linux (RTL) Collaborative Project has been announced by The Linux Foundation. RTL will bring together industry leaders and experts to advance and maximize technologies for the robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation and medical industries, among others. Member organizations include Altera, ARM, Google, Intel, IBM, National Instruments, OSADL, and Texas Instruments.

Posted November 11, 2015

A new report from the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) demonstrates the performance value of McObject's SQL-based eXtremeDB Financial Edition database management system (DBMS), running on IBM POWER8 S824L Linux server, executing a time-series data analytics workload. The STAC-M3 Benchmark suite is the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time series data such as tick-by-tick market data.

Posted November 11, 2015

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