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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

Tableau Software has expanded its work with Amazon Web Services. The combination of Tableau software and Amazon Redshift provides a business intelligence platform that delivers the reliability, availability, and capability to visualize large volumes of data, derive rapid insight, and make data-driven decisions faster without setting up a costly and time consuming traditional data warehouse environment.

Posted November 18, 2013

The latest release of CA ERwin Data Modeler, a solution for collaboratively visualizing and managing business data, addresses two major objectives - the need for organizations to manage more data across more platforms, and to easily share that data with an expanding number of users with a range of roles and skill sets.

Posted November 15, 2013

There can be many reasons for big data projects failing, but the causes often fall under the umbrella of a lack of careful planning and a failure to effectively reconcile the panoramic visions of business objectives with technical and structural realities. Business objectives are often abstract and high level, and operationalizing those abstractions into the kind of detailed information that feeds the development of effective big data projects is often to be found at the root of that failure. Precision and measurability are the keys to defining the business objectives that will be addressed by the project.

Posted November 13, 2013

The number of databases continues to grow, but evolution tells us that not all may survive. Through the natural selection of most useful traits, intensifying the most crucial features, and implementing the best of both, databases will continue to flourish in new remarkable ways, helping organizations achieve specialized goals unique to their business. Here's a look at where the evolutionary path of the data center could take us in the coming years.

Posted November 13, 2013

AFORE has announced a portfolio of Amazon Web Services (AWS) security solutions. The data security suite is targeted at enterprise customers and service providers planning to offer EaaS and enables them to take control of securing sensitive data within the AWS. Built for cloud and virtualized environments, the security suite delivers data protection that eliminates traditional costs and deployment complexity barriers, according to AFORE.

Posted November 12, 2013

Birst, a provider of a cloud-based business intelligence platform, has launched its new Recurring Revenue Solution Accelerator targeted at businesses offering SaaS, ongoing maintenance contracts, and other subscription-based products and services. The solution allows organizations to gain insight into product and revenue performance and trending customer data, based on industry best practices.

Posted November 12, 2013

Aerospike, a provider of a flash-optimized, in-memory NoSQL database, and Internap Network Services Corp, a provider of high performance hosting services, have joined forces. The result, the companies say is a "fast big data" platform.

Posted November 12, 2013

Datawatch has introduced a new Visualization Accelerator that enables users to connect to almost any source of information, including Splunk, to develop visual data discovery applications using a drag-and-drop design environment.

Posted November 12, 2013

The challenges associated with big data can be turned into opportunities for small-to-midsize enterprises (SMEs) with the right data strategy. As SMEs look to increase their businesses, it is critical to incorporate a cost-effective approach that aligns with both existing data challenges and future plans for expansion. Laying a strong base for big data will help SMEs prepare for this growth by providing immediate insight on key business drivers and objectives.

Posted November 05, 2013

Cloudera and Informatica have partnered to create a new Data Warehouse Optimization (DWO) reference architecture specifically for Enterprise Data Hub deployments with the goal of helping reduce data warehouse costs and increasing productivity. Cloudera also announced the public beta offering of Cloudera Enterprise 5, which delivers the new Enterprise Data Hub and enhancements to related products.

Posted October 31, 2013

Extending its efforts to bring more value to organizations using Hadoop technology, MarkLogic has updated its Connector for Hadoop to now allow Hadoop applications direct access to data indexed and managed by the MarkLogic Enterprise NoSQL database platform. Using the Connector, a Hadoop application can directly read all of the data from MarkLogic's compressed data files stored in the Hadoop Distributed File System, without communicating through a MarkLogic database or exporting the data.

Posted October 31, 2013

Splunk has announced general availability of Hunk, a full-featured integrated analytics platform that aims to enable anyone in an organization to analyze historical data in Hadoop. Hunk is built on patent-pending virtual index technology that delivers self-serve analytics without the need for specialized programming skill sets.

Posted October 29, 2013

0xdata, a provider of open source machine learning and predictive analytics for big data, has announced general availability of the latest release of H2O, "Fluid Vector," which delivers new levels of performance, ease of use, and integration with R.

Posted October 28, 2013

ClearStory Data has launched its first product, Data Intelligence, which is designed to accelerate and simplify access to and analysis of diverse data types to enable business users to make faster decisions.

Posted October 28, 2013

At Strata Conference + Hadoop World today,Big data analytics vendor SiSense announced the new opening of its New York city headquarters and new capabilities for SiSense Prism enabled by In-Chip technology with Crowd Accelerated Analytics.

Posted October 28, 2013

MapR Technologies has introduced native authentication in its MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop to enable Hadoop to be used more broadly within healthcare, financial services, and government organizations. The new capability, now in beta, is meant to address the needs of customers who have been looking for a security approach as simple and easy to use as a web-based-banking application.

Posted October 28, 2013

SAP is advancing HANA on three fronts, all aimed at improving the overall experience with the platform. The enhancements include a more visually appealing and intuitive user experience, powerful new features, and simplified cloud-based deployment.

Posted October 24, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution for SAP HANA Live enables real-time operational reporting within and beyond SAP Business Suite software powered by the SAP HANA platform. The solution offers customers pre-configured content in the form of pre-built reports.

Posted October 24, 2013

If you look at what is really going on in the big data space it's all about inexpensive open source solutions that are facilitating the modernization of data centers and data warehouses, and at the center of this universe is Hadoop. In the evolution of the big data market, open source is playing a seminal role as the "disruptive technology" challenging the status quo. Additionally, organizations large and small are leveraging these solutions often based on inexpensive hardware and memory platforms in the cloud or on premise.

Posted October 24, 2013

The latest release of Hortonworks Data Platform has been released, providing the YARN-based architecture of Hadoop 2, Phase 2 of the Stinger Initiative, as well as the latest advancements from the Hadoop ecosystem in a one integrated platform.

Posted October 24, 2013

Glassbeam has released SCALAR, a new cloud-based platform to organize and analyze multi-structured machine data, as well as Glassbam Explorer, a cloud-based search and log management application, and Glassbeam Studio, a tool that enables uses advanced ETL and semantics to map unstructured logs.

Posted October 24, 2013

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time transactional SQL-on-Hadoop database designed for big data applications, has launched a Limited Release program and is seeking 50 evaluators to validate authentic use cases, test SQL coverage and benchmark performance.

Posted October 23, 2013

At its Partners User Group Conference in Dallas, Teradata made a range of product and partner announcements, including the introduction of the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance 2750, the availability of the Teradata Cloud, and new support for Java Script Object Notation (JSON) data.

Posted October 22, 2013

NuoDB, a provider of distributed database technology, today announced the general availability of NuoDB 'Blackbirds' Release 2.0. NuoDB targeted four key areas for improvement in this release, Seth Proctor, CTO, NuoDB, said in an interview.

Posted October 16, 2013

Syncsort, a provider of big data software, has sold its Data Protection business to an investor group formed by members of its executive management team, industry veterans Robert Belau and Ken Barth of Bedford Venture Partners, and established Syncsort investor Windcrest Partners.

Posted October 16, 2013

Astera Software, a developer of data integration solutions for small and large enterprises, has introduced a new alliance partner program that offers customers complete solutions to their complex data issues. Astera seeks to collaborate with OEM partners and work with resellers and system integrators to bring Astera-enabled data integration and management solutions to market more quickly, easily and with greater impact

Posted October 15, 2013

Sepaton, Inc., a provider of backup and recovery platforms, today unveiled a new data protection solution called Sepaton VirtuoSO that is intended to address the challenges organizations are facing due to the exponential growth of both structured and unstructured information. According to the vendor, the scale-out NAS-based data protection solution provides five times the capacity of competitive solutions at initial release with up to 22 times the capacity planned for future releases.

Posted October 15, 2013

IBM announced new systems and solutions intended to help clients and managed service providers build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of big data, social, and mobile workloads. These include PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. "IBM is positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain.

Posted October 14, 2013

With the upcoming release of SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014), Microsoft is making advancements in the area of mission-critical performance. Microsoft wants to stake out this ground not only as performance enhancements in the relational engine, but also in terms of features which support better data availability, performance, security, and data integration. Here's what SQL2014 will do for you in those key areas.

Posted October 09, 2013

To augment its product and service offerings both within and outside of the cloud, TransLattice, a provider of a geographically distributed database management system for enterprise, cloud and hybrid environments, has acquired Red Bank, NJ-based StormDB, Inc. The StormDB database is based on PostgreSQL, and TransLattice expects to incorporate proprietary StormDB capabilities and elements of the open source Postgres-XC into the TransLattice Elastic Database.

Posted October 09, 2013

Scaleout Software, a provider of in-memory data grids (IMDGs), announced the availability of ScaleOut hServer V2, which incorporates new technology to run Hadoop MapReduce on live data. This new platform now gives users the ability to analyze live data using standard Hadoop MapReduce code, in memory and in parallel, without the need to install and manage the Hadoop stack of software.

Posted October 08, 2013

Logi Analytics, a data analytics company, has formed a partnership with Hortonworks, a contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop technology, to help its customers better address the challenges they are facing as they collect and store more information than ever before. Hortonworks provides the Hortonworks Data Platform, an enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution. Logi Analytics provides web-based BI and analytic applications that can be integrated within applications, systems, and processes. As a result of the new partnership, Logi Analytics customers can connect directly to the Hortonworks Data Platform, allowing them to uncover new insights, distribute valuable information, and improve business decision making.

Posted October 04, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.

Posted October 02, 2013

EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.

Posted October 02, 2013

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"

Posted October 02, 2013

Splunk, a platform for real-time operational intelligence, introduced its Splunk Enterprise 6 edition. Splunk's mission is to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone and - to further that objective - Splunk Enterprise 6 has features that are aimed at eliminating the data divide struggle between the business and IT

Posted October 01, 2013

Tokutek, a provider of big data performance solutions, has introduced TokuMX Enterprise Edition with hot backup. This new edition is designed to eliminate backup-related downtime for non-stop big data applications. TokuMX is an open source database and a performance engine for MongoDB. TokuMX delivers support for ACID transactions without any changes to an application, 20x performance improvements and, on the compression side, a 90% reduction in database size. When databases get extremely large, this is a significant money saver, explained Coco Jaenicke, vice president of marketing, Tokutek, in an interview.

Posted October 01, 2013

Syncsort has completed the acquisition of UK-based Circle Computer Group, signaling the start of its acquisition-based and organic growth strategy announced earlier this year by its CEO Lonne Jaffe. According to Syncsort, the purchase of Circle is significant because it provides a portfolio of software products that allow organizations to make mainframe data securely available for new enterprise-wide big data initiatives without requiring any changes to existing applications, reducing software costs in the process.

Posted September 30, 2013

BMC shared its eighth annual survey of mainframe users with us, which confirms that the mainframe is evolving to play an increasingly important role in today's enterprise IT environments. Among those surveyed, 93 percent see mainframe as a robust, long-term solution. One-third of those planning a cloud implementation said mainframe data will be accessed by their cloud applications. Fifty percent agreed that mainframe will continue to attract new workloads. Seventy percent of respondents said the mainframe will have a key role in big data plans.

Posted September 30, 2013

MemSQL announced that its distributed in-memory database can now provide JSON analytics, to deliver a consolidated view of structured and semi-structured data, including standard enterprise and social-media data. "This basically fuses SQL and semi-structured data into one system," said Eric Frenkiel, CEO, MemSQL, in an interview.

Posted September 30, 2013

Embarcadero Technologies, a provider of software solutions for application and database development, has introduced CONNECT, the company's new metadata governance platform. "There is a growing recognition that data governance is the pragmatic approach to the complexities of the enterprise data landscape," Henry Olson, director of product management, Embarcadero, explained in a recent interview. The two key ideas for CONNECT center around what Embarcadero calls "embracing the sprawl," said Olson.

Posted September 30, 2013

Revolution Analytics, which provides production-grade analytics software built upon the open source R statistics language, and Teradata, a provider of analytic data solutions, recently announced that as a result of a deepened partnership, Teradata is now offering in-database R Analytics that are fully parallel and scalable. David Smith, Revolution Analytics' vice president of marketing and community, talks about what's ahead for the companies' joint customers.

Posted September 30, 2013

Dataguise, a provider of data security intelligence and protection solutions, has secured $13 billion in Series B funding. According to Dataguise, traditional approaches to securing Hadoop fail because they are too complex, expensive, and incapable of selectively protecting the data that matters in large and diverse environments. Dataguise's solution, DG for Hadoop, aims to provide an efficient and economical method of determining where and how to secure sensitive data in Hadoop. "We are helping people go from a sandbox environment to the production environment," Manmeet Singh, CEO, Dataguise, said in an interview.

Posted September 30, 2013

Syncsort, a software company specializing in high speed sorting products, data integration and backup software and services, has formed a technology partnership with Cloudera. The joint effort is aimed a providing an approach that customers can leverage to exploit critical mainframe data in Hadoop for big data analytics. "We view Cloudera as enabling a lot of the enterprise-level services that Hadoop needs," said Jorge Lopez, director of product marketing, Syncsort, in an interview. "Together, we can really bridge the gap between the mainframe and Hadoop."

Posted September 30, 2013

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