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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

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

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 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

To help companies evaluate big data systems, a new benchmark has been launched by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). TPCx-HS is a major achievement for two reasons, noted Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the TPCx-HS committee, and a distinguished engineer at Cisco. It is the first vendor-neutral benchmark focused on big data systems - which have become a critical part of the enterprise IT ecosystem. TPCx-HS is also the first Express-class benchmark issued by the TPC.

Posted September 03, 2014

At its recent user conference, VMware announced new virtualization, cloud management and integrated OpenStack solutions that are part of a product portfolio designed for implementing software-defined data centers. The innovations support open frameworks, as well as hybrid cloud environments based on VMware and non-VMware technologies.

Posted September 02, 2014

Providing the opportunity to breathe new life into existing Windows applications, Embarcadero Technologies has launched RAD Studio XE7, a complete solution to build connected apps for Windows, Android, iOS, Mac OS X, gadgets, and wearables.

Posted September 02, 2014

While the potential use of IoT information may be thrilling, a question that remains is how the data will be tracked from all of these new interconnected devices. A recent DBTA webcast provided a look at what the not-too-distant future will hold concerning the Internet of Things and how data is processed. The webcast featured Michael Hummel, CTO of ParStream, Robert Geiger, vice president of products at TransLattice, and Hannah Smalltree, director of Treasure Data, who talked about their companies' unique approaches to helping customers derive value from IoT data.

Posted September 02, 2014

The Internet of Things integrates multiple wired and wireless communication, control, and IT technologies, which connect various terminals or subsystems under a unified platform that uses open and standardized data technologies such as XML/web services/SOA. So how will this impact you and/or your organization? The biggest areas of concern are security and privacy.

Posted September 02, 2014

A new software platform and supporting services from GT Software enables users to access critical information from across the organization, regardless of where the data resides, on or off the mainframe. GT Software's Data Unification Solution includes Ivory Data Hub v5.3, which provides SQL support for all data types, both on and off the mainframe, including VSAM, DB2, Oracle, and SQL Server.

Posted August 27, 2014

Why do tens of thousands of Oracle customers, partners, and consultants descend on Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference? Despite the proliferation of conferences and online events competing for attention, OpenWorld remains the single, central place for all things Oracle. Here, DBTA presents the annual Who to See @ Oracle OpenWorld special section.

Posted August 27, 2014

With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

Posted August 27, 2014

The deluge of big data available for analysis presents great opportunity, but many organizations are having difficulty managing it. This has led to companies not being able to process valuable data, or having to delete sets of data to clear room for the massive amounts of new data.

Posted August 26, 2014

With the game-changing potential of big data, data governance continues to grow in importance. To better understand the impact of new data sources on data governance practices, IBM commissioned Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., to survey IT and business stakeholders at organizations across North America. The survey report has just been released and is now available.

Posted August 26, 2014

During its annual user conference in San Francisco, Couchbase launched the beta release of Couchbase Server 3.0. As part of the beta release, Couchbase is also announcing a contest - the Couchbase Server 3.0 Bug Bash.

Posted August 21, 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform how and when decisions are made throughout business and our daily lives, but only if that data can be processed and analyzed effectively. Join DBTA for a special webcast featuring Robert Geiger, vice president, Products, at TransLattice; Michael Hummel, CTO of ParStream; and Hannah Smalltree, director of Treasure Data, to learn about the key technologies and practices shaping the future. This webcast takes place August 26 at 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT.

Posted August 21, 2014

Expanding its ecosystem, NoSQL database provider Couchbase has formalized its partnershhips with Cloudsoft, Cumulogic and Elasticbox. This particular announcement is focused on orchestration vendors - companies that provide database as a service technology that other companies can use to develop their own database as a service for internal requirements, said Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Couchbase.

Posted August 19, 2014

2014 is turning out to be a banner year for Hadoop. The big data giant is continuing to move forward and expand and evolve as big data technology and big data analytics become more mainstream. Here are six key points that demonstrate the advances being made.

Posted August 19, 2014

At the summer 2014 SHARE conference in Pittsburgh, Brian Peterson, who has been president of SHARE for the past two years, spoke about the challenges facing companies today as they deal with emerging IT requirements and the successful approaches for dealing with the mainframe skills shortage. With SHARE's 60th anniversary coming up, Peterson also reflected on the role SHARE has played in the world economy by supporting technology that is critical to industries such as banking, transportation, and manufacturing.

Posted August 18, 2014

IBM and CSC, a technology services provider, are offering a set of cloud solutions, app development and infrastructure management, and a Center of Excellence (CoE) offering, integration with IBM's SoftLayer, and consulting services.

Posted August 18, 2014

As new data sources are added, streaming in from various devices and sensors, IT managers will need to address expanded storage requirements, as well as real-time delivery of analytics insights to decision makers and consuming applications.

Posted August 18, 2014

Oracle's Exadata Database Machine X4-8 has been enhanced to provide large performance and memory increases compared to the previous generation. Hardware enhancements include 50% more database compute cores, using the Intel Xeon E7 v2 15-core processors, and up to 6TB of memory per compute node for a total of 12TB per rack. The result, says Oracle, is that the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Posted August 13, 2014

The Oracle Exastack program is being extended to include the Oracle Big Data Appliance and Oracle Database Appliance, enabling Oracle partners to demonstrate that they have the right infrastructure to manage challenging data environments.

Posted August 13, 2014

Oracle recently revealed that NCR, VRSG, Sascar, UL, and Asiana Airlines are among the latest customers using Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. To date, says Oracle, hundreds of customers across 52 countries and 21 industries have adopted Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help reduce the cost and complexity of deploying, consolidating and virtualizing their enterprise applications, and a record number of partners have also adopted Exalogic.

Posted August 13, 2014

The latest release of Oracle Database 12c - 12.1.0.2 - is generally available, and includes the new Database In-Memory technology, an option designed to support faster business decisions by accelerating the performance of Oracle Database applications. According to Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies, the new in-memory option enables customers to gain the competitive advantage of the real-time enterprise "with the flip of a switch."

Posted August 13, 2014

A new, free extension to the Splunk software platform for operational intelligence enables the capture of real-time streaming wire data for additional insights when using Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud for security, fraud detection, compliance, application management, IT operations and business analytics.

Posted August 12, 2014

At the HP Vertica Big Data Conference in Boston, Logi Analytics announced a new partnership with Vertica. With the introduction of Logi Vision for HP Vertica, Vertica is now integrated with the complete suite of Logi Analytics solutions, including Logi's business information platform, Logi Info. This enables Logi Analytics and HP Vertica customers to address a broad range of use cases - including data discovery, dashboards and reports, and embedding analytics into operational business applications.

Posted August 12, 2014

Splice Machine, a provider of a Hadoop RDBMS, has added a $3 million extension to its Series B financing provided by venture capital firm Correlation Ventures, along with database industry leaders Roger J. Sippl and Roger Bamford. The new funding adds to the initial $15 million Series B investment from Interwest Partners and Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), bringing the total round to $18 million.

Posted August 12, 2014

VoltDB, provider of an in-memory NewSQL database, is now participating in the IBM Cloud Marketplace, which combines IBM's capabilities-as-a-service and those of partners and third-party vendors. The vendors say that, according to a recent benchmark, VoltDB running in the SoftLayer cloud delivers faster application performance than Amazon Web Services.

Posted August 12, 2014

The OAUG has created a Young Professionals Forum to give younger OAUG members a chance to network, interact and candidly discuss challenges and solutions as they relate to the use of Oracle Applications and the workplace in general as well as learn from guest speakers and mentors. The forum will hold a conference call on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 3 pm ET for a discussion on big data led by Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24.

Posted August 12, 2014

Riak CS (Cloud Storage) 1.5 and Riak CS 1.5 Enterprise, Basho's distributed object storage software, is targeted at companies dealing with large amounts of unstructured data, such as videos, images and documents. With this release, Riak CS introduces expanded storage API compatibility with Amazon S3 and features for more flexible integration with content delivery networks (CDNs).

Posted August 05, 2014

Splunk, a provider of operational intelligence software, has announced a 100% uptime service level agreement (SLA) for Splunk Cloud, along with new lower prices and cloud service plans. Splunk Cloud is a SaaS platform, offering Splunk Enterprise as a cloud service.

Posted August 05, 2014

Caspio has released Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, a HIPAA-compliant edition of its rapid application development platform. With Caspio HIPAA Enterprise, the company aims to support the healthcare industry in leveraging cloud-based applications to improve efficiencies and streamline processes in practice management, patient engagement, and health information management within a secure and compliant environment.

Posted August 05, 2014

Actian has started the Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program to help companies jumpstart analytics projects and move existing ones into production more rapidly. Developed by data scientists in Actian's Analytics Center of Excellence (COE), the Big Data 2.0 Clear Path Program applies big data concepts for faster time to value, higher accuracy and deeper discovery, leveraging the Actian Analytics Platform.

Posted August 05, 2014

X15 Enterprise, which provides an end-to-end solution for ingesting, indexing, searching and analyzing machine data, is now generally available from X15 Software. According to the vendor, X15 Enterprise allows machine data to remain in HDFS and does not require it to be duplicated into proprietary storage before it can be indexed and analyzed.

Posted August 05, 2014

The pioneers of big data, such as Google, Amazon, and eBay, generated a "data exhaust" from their core operations that was more than sufficient to allow them to create data-driven process automation. But, for smaller enterprises, data might be the scarcest commodity. Hence, the emergence of data marketplaces.

Posted August 05, 2014

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