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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

Applying automated analytics to a wide variety of IT and business metrics is rapidly becoming "the next big thing." When considering whether to give the data center the "Moneyball" treatment in 2014, there are two main architectural considerations that need to be evaluated.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has made enhancements to the SAP PartnerEdge program for Application Development, its program enabling partners to build software applications on top of SAP platforms. "With these program enhancements, we support our ecosystem's move to the cloud powered by SAP HANA and increase our partners' choices to grow their business by innovating on top of our platform," said Bernd-Uwe Pagel, senior vice president, Platform Ecosystem & eChannels, SAP.

Posted June 25, 2014

WFT Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud services provider, is extending its solution portfolio to offer customers virtualized instances of the SAP HANA platform for use in production landscapes. "WFT Cloud has virtualized multiple non-production landscapes running SAP HANA. We are now able to deliver value to customers by virtualizing SAP HANA in production landscapes," said Mahesh Reddy, CTO of Wharfedale Technologies.

Posted June 25, 2014

Violin Memory, Inc., a provider of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, has announced the availability of the Violin 6200 Series All Flash Array for the SAP HANA platform. Certification for the solution with SAP HANA was achieved by working in conjunction with the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The new SAP-certified solution complements existing solutions from Violin for SAP IQ software and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE).

Posted June 25, 2014

Dell has extended its longstanding collaboration with SAP. As part of the extended partnership, Dell is introducing new non-disruptive migration and modernization services for the SAP HANA platform and SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE), and has also worked with SAP to certify Dell PowerEdge R920 for running SAP HANA with with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in addition to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Posted June 25, 2014

SAP has launched Simple Finance, a new set of solutions powered by the HANA Enterprise Cloud. The company also announced that SAP Fiori, which provides an enhanced user experience, will now be included at no additional charge in all SAP software.

Posted June 25, 2014

Plans are underway for Revelation Software's 2015 conference which will showcase new features available in the next major release of its flagship product, OpenInsight 10.0.

Posted June 25, 2014

Data management challenges and opportunities have intensified over the past year. With organizations increasingly seeking to become data-driven entities—companies that actually use the data they are amassing for competitive advantage—DBTA set out to recognize innovative providers of hardware, software, and services. In this issue, Database Trends and Applications magazine introduces the second annual "DBTA 100" list of companies that matter most in data.

Posted June 25, 2014

Pentaho has announced version 5.1 of its business analytics and data integration platform. The new release enables code-free analytics directly on the NoSQL database MongoDB, simplifies the data preparation process for data scientists, and offers full support for MapReduce 2.0 (YARN).

Posted June 24, 2014

GigaSpaces Technologies, a provider of in-memory computing and cloud orchestration technologies, and SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions, have formed a partnership resulting in a new solution called GigaSpaces' XAP MemoryXtend.

Posted June 24, 2014

Splunk, aprovider of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, and Syncsort, a provider of big data software, have formed a technical alliance aimed at unlocking insights from machine data generated by mainframe systems, a critical and major source of corporate data. The companies say they have joint customers, including top telcos, retailers, insurance, healthcare and financial organizations, who rely heavily on mainframes for critical business operations, but have had difficulty leveraging mainframe data for business insights.

Posted June 24, 2014

Rackspace and ObjectRocket have announced the NoSQL Mobile App Challenge to foster developer creativity in architecting applications that solve pressing problems.

Posted June 24, 2014

The next generation of Power Systems servers from IBM incorporate its Power8 processor, which is available for license and open for development through the OpenPower Foundation. IBM said it designed the new servers specifically for a new era of big data.

Posted June 23, 2014

MICROS Systems, Inc., a provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Oracle. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2014, with a purchase price that represents a fully-diluted equity value of approximately $5.3 billion, or $4.6 billion net of cash.

Posted June 23, 2014

Data security specialist Dataguise has introduced Dataguise for Data Governance suite, a solution suite for big data governance that will initially support Oracle, IBM DB2, SQL Server, Teradata, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Pivotal HD.

Posted June 20, 2014

Fusion-io, a developer of flash-based PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) hardware and software solutions has agreed to be acquired by SanDisk Corp., a provider of flash storage solutions. The acquisition will be an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, net of cash assumed.

Posted June 17, 2014

SiSense, a provider of big data analytics for business users, has added $30 million in new financing, which it plans to use to continue expanding its global footprint. Current customers include Target, eBay, ESPN, Samsung and Wix. The new financing was led by venture capital firm DFJ Growth, with participation from existing investors Battery Ventures, Genesis Partners and Opus Capital.

Posted June 17, 2014

In "Big Data at Work," Tom Davenport explains to readers why big data is important to them and their organizations, what technology they actually need to manage it, and where to start capitalizing on its potential. Here, the author shares an excerpt from his recent book.

Posted June 17, 2014

Big data analytics hold great promise, but the present methods of mining and managing big data are still evolving and pose serious security and privacy challenges. Confronting these challenges is essential if the potential of big data is to be fully exploited.

Posted June 17, 2014

The database market is heating up again. Recent venture funding and acquisition announcements from key Hadoop and NoSQL startups are drawing attention to the big data space.

Posted June 17, 2014

Oracle president Mark Hurd and Oracle executive vice president John Fowler showcased Solaris 11.2 during a recent event in New York City. A complete, integrated and open platform engineered for large-scale cloud environments, Solaris 11.2 combines OpenStack, SDN technology, clustering, and virtualization with an enterprise-class OS. Oracle Solaris is one of two operating system options for Oracle Exadata, and is described by Oracle as a key building block that provides mission-critical reliability, performance, and security that are essential for database consolidation. According to Hurd, cloud and engineered systems are both driven by the same requirement, which is the need to transfer work from the IT budget to the R&D budget to make things work more efficiently.

Posted June 11, 2014

With Oracle's new ZS3 Series for backup, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA, the company is providing customers with a pre-configured, pre-racked solution co-engineered with Oracle Database to provide extreme backup and restore performance to help meet SLAs. According to Oracle, ZS3-BA helps ensure backup and recovery SLAs are met by scaling to 26 TB/hr for full backups and 17 TB/hr for full restores - a 30% increase for backups and 80% increase for restores over the previous generation.

Posted June 11, 2014

Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum partner, and leader in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle database administration and development, has been acquired by Oracle. "With Oracle Engineered Systems, our clients see an opportunity to significantly improve the performance of their business applications running on Oracle database technology while dramatically reducing operating costs, increasing productivity and simplifying and standardizing their IT landscape," says Derek Steelberg global managing director of Oracle business for Accenture.

Posted June 11, 2014

At an event at Oracle's headquarters, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison showcased the new Oracle Database In-Memory, an additional option to the Oracle Database 12c. Oracle Database In-Memory is scheduled for release in July, said Ellison. The Oracle Database In-Memory is the underpinning of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality, explained Tim Shetler, Oracle vice president of product management, in an interview before the launch event in which he highlighted the key elements of the release. "We have built this in-memory option to be completely transparent to the huge ecosystem of Oracle Database customers and applications that are already written for the Oracle Database."

Posted June 11, 2014

A recent industry article predicted that the data center will "bear the brunt" of the onslaught of unstructured data from the Internet of Things. The pressure will be on to open up data centers to more distributed approaches, including greater adoption of cloud resources.

Posted June 11, 2014

With the vast amounts of data that organizations deal with, finding the right BI tools can be an arduous task. There are numerous solutions that can provide self-service BI, however, organizations are finding that one tool does not usually meet the needs of their various types of users. Therefore, finding the right BI platform that can support suites of tools is becoming the norm.

Posted June 11, 2014

Big data analytics is a complex field, but if you understand the basic concepts—such as the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning—you are sure to be ahead of the person who wants to talk data science at your next cocktail party!

Posted June 11, 2014

The "Accelerate your insights" webcast presented by a boatload of Microsoft's top executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark included lots of useful information and demos, but a few other items of note about Azure SQL Databases may have dropped under your radar because they came to light a few days after the big dog-and-pony show/webcast. The first thing to note is ...

Posted June 11, 2014

How does one tame the data beast to start making tangible progress toward an organization's business intelligence goals? For any progress to occur on the business intelligence-side, tasks, projects and goals need to be fashioned into small steps along a much larger path.

Posted June 11, 2014

Enterprise data growth is coming from unstructured, social media, and machine-generated data. The resulting storage issues are impacting the performance of associated applications and systems. How and where is this data going to be stored—and how can it be made available, on demand, to users and applications that need information right away?

Posted June 11, 2014

Today, many businesses are looking for ways to rationalize their mainframe capacity in order to contain MIPS growth as well as defer costly upgrades. Unfortunately, some of these stopgap measures involve costly trade-offs, such as keeping only the most recent or even archiving critical data to tape. This can mean that valuable information goes untapped.

Posted June 11, 2014

With the latest release of its flagship product, Talend, a provider of big data integration software, enhances Talend's performance and scalability on Hadoop by an average of 45% and addresses the challenge posed for many companies by the limited pool of knowledgeable Hadoop developers.

Posted June 10, 2014

Dataguise, a provider of big data security and protective intelligence solutions, has introduced the Dataguise DgSecure data protection platform with the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, and also announced the Dataguise DgSecure data protection platform with the Hortonworks HDP 2.1 Sandbox. "In order to realize the benefits of big data, enterprises are getting more proactive about addressing security, privacy and risk in Hadoop," said Patty Nghiem, vice president of marketing and business development at Dataguise.

Posted June 10, 2014

Cloudera has acquired Gazzang to add enterprise-grade data encryption and key management. The move is designed to address the challenges associated with securing and processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem, and also fulfill a requirement posed by compliance regulations such as HIPAA-HITECH, PCI-DSS, FERPA and the EU Data Protection Directive.

Posted June 10, 2014

It's more than just a passing fad when nearly three-quarters of mainframe users are considering or in the midst of big data projects.

Posted June 09, 2014

IBM is supporting the SAP HANA platform, the SAP HANA ONE service and other SAP applications on IBM's SoftLayer solution set. SAP has verified the SoftLayer platform to run SAP applications, including SAP Business Suite software and SAP BusinessObjects solutions.

Posted June 09, 2014

New services have been added to Bluemix, IBM's open cloud platform. New Bluemix services include AppScan, designed to build security by design via rapid testing in multiple environments and shared results, as well as embeddable reporting services to build advanced analytics within an app from the moment it is provisioned - turning volumes of big data into actionable feedback.

Posted June 09, 2014

Progress has acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) vendor Modulus, a privately-held company that provides a Node.js and MongoDB cloud platform that is designed to simplify and speed development of business and consumer apps.

Posted June 09, 2014

MarkLogic CEO Gary Bloom and his team brought the MarkLogic World Tour 2014 to Wall Street to showcase customer use cases and explain the key new features coming out in MarkLogic 8. The overarching theme for the new release is ease of use, said Bloom.

Posted June 04, 2014

Actian Corporation has announced that the Actian Analytics Platform, an end-to-end analytics platform that runs natively in Hadoop, is addressing the current challenges facing business analysts who want to use SQL on Hadoop.

Posted June 03, 2014

At Data Summit in NYC, FICO's Scott Zoldi gave attendees an inside look at how the largest payment card consortium in the world works with big data to prevent fraud.

Posted June 02, 2014

Attunity CloudBeam is now available on Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Using the new CloudBeam, customers can take advantage of its data replication and loading capabilities in an hourly, metered, pay-as-you-go model.

Posted May 30, 2014

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