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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.



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Linear scaling with legacy storage appliances is no longer an option. The burden that traditional architecture feels from today's tsunami of data is surpassed only by the cost required to meet current and future demands. Aside from the huge expense, this method of increasing storage capacity would take too long. Even adding multiple servers could not accommodate storage demands. Vertical storage architecture contains bottlenecks that slow performance to an unacceptable level. Software-defined storage (SDS) scales horizontally instead, making it a popular option.

Posted September 20, 2017

It's still months away, but it is never too early to start thinking about the holiday shopping season, especially since most Americans are already anticipating outages and system failures from their favorite online retailers. According to a survey, 52% of shoppers expect to experience an outage on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When web and mobile sites buckle under huge volumes of traffic and experience outages, retailers lose revenue, and their brands suffer significantly. To prepare for the busiest online shopping season, companies need to ensure their systems are ready for extreme scalability and continuous IT operations, year-round.

Posted September 20, 2017

As companies grow increasingly data-centric in their decision making, product and services development, and their overall understanding of the world they work in, speed and agility are becoming critical capabilities. A common theme in big data and analytics today is "Industry 4.0," representing a new wave of technology that enables the automation necessary for scaling. There's compelling justification for this as companies seek to unlock business value from big data with two broad approaches: the democratization of data with greater access by more users, and the enablement of automation everywhere possible.

Posted September 20, 2017

Over the last few years, organizations have shifted from using virtual data centers to creating private or hybrid IaaS clouds that allow authorized users to perform self-service provisioning of virtual machines. These environments have reduced administrative workloads, improved the user experience, and discouraged shadow IT, but they have also brought their own challenges. As virtualized environments increase in scale, management techniques have often become far less effective, making it difficult to keep track of virtual machines, their owners, and why the virtual machines were created in the first place.

Posted September 20, 2017

Companies today are spreading their applications across multiple clouds in a hybrid fashion. According to a recent IDC CloudView study among 6,000 IT and line-of-business executives whose organizations have adopted cloud technologies, 73% are implementing a hybrid strategy, which most defined as utilizing more than one public cloud in addition to dedicated assets.

Posted September 20, 2017

Many people are unsure of the differences between deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Generally speaking, and with minimal debate, it is reasonably well-accepted that artificial intelligence can most easily be categorized as that which we have not yet figured out how to solve, while machine learning is a practical application with the know-how to solve problems, such as with anomaly detectio

Posted September 20, 2017

When it comes to visualizing data, there is no shortage of charts and graphs to choose from. From traditional graphs to innovative hand-coded visualizations, there is a continuum of visualizations ready to translate data from numbers into meaning using shapes, colors, and other visual cues. However, each visualization type is intended to show different types of data in specific ways to best represent its insight. Let's look at five of the most common visualization types to help you choose the right chart for your da

Posted September 20, 2017

Nowadays, many firms are already using big data and analytics to manage and optimize their customer relationships. Both technologies can also prove beneficial to leverage a firm's other key assets: its employees! Various HR analytics (also called workforce analytics) examples can be thought of.

Posted September 20, 2017

TigerGraph is emerging from stealth, securing of $31M in Series A funding and launching TigerGraph - a  native parallel graph database platform for enterprise applications along with the availability of both its Cloud Service and GraphStudio, TigerGraph's visual software development kit (SDK).

Posted September 20, 2017

The "world's first autonomous self-driving database" was announced by Oracle executive chairman of the board and CTO Larry Ellison during a live event at the company's Redwood City headquarters. In addition to the database, which he said he plans to showcase in an Oracle OpenWorld presentation in October, Ellison also discussed Oracle's emphasis on automation in platform services, and the decision to be much more aggressive in simplifying and lowering the pricing of automation around those platform services with two programs—Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Posted September 20, 2017

SolarWinds, a provider of IT management software, has announced beta availability of AppOptics, a next-generation application performance management (APM) solution designed to provide comprehensive monitoring for distributed application performance and critical infrastructure metrics.

Posted September 19, 2017

Syncsort is releasing a new platform that will deliver an agile, efficient, and powerful solution that will improve data stored and processed in data lakes. Trillium Quality for Big Data integrates Trillium data quality capabilities with the Intelligent Execution (IX) technology from its DMX-h Big Data integration solution.

Posted September 19, 2017

ExtraHop, a provider of real-time analytics and machine learning software for IT operations, has announced the general availability of ExtraHop 7.0. With this release, ExtraHop introduces live activity maps for complete 3D interaction with the hybrid IT environment; enhanced threat anomalies and machine learning-initiated workflows for performance and security; and perfect forward secrecy (PFS) decryption at scale to support next-generation security architectures.

Posted September 19, 2017

Micro Focus has unveiled a new release of the Vertica Analytics Platform. Vertica 9 offers an extended list of in-database machine learning capabilities - including new algorithms, model replication, data preparation functions, and end-to-end workflow - to simplify the production and deployment of machine learning models. In addition, Vertica 9 is now available for deployment in the Google Marketplace.

Posted September 19, 2017

Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a platinum member. Oracle is also releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Posted September 19, 2017

Software AG is continuing its Internet of Things innovation drive with the launch of an extended Cumulocity IoT technology portfolio for cloud-based IoT platform services enablement.

Posted September 19, 2017

Actian, a provider of software for data management, analytics and integration, has announced support for Apache Spark in the latest release of Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH). Actian Vector technology exploits vectorized processing and multi-level in-memory  acceleration to improve performance on Hadoop data stores. It supports single node, clustered, and hybrid computing environments that span on-premise and the cloud.

Posted September 19, 2017

SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA is available in the latest versions of SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor and SolarWinds Network Configuration Manager, both part of the SolarWinds Orion Platform. SolarWinds Network Insight for Cisco ASA provides network administrators with complete visibility into, and reporting, and alerting for VPN tunnel visibility (LAN-to-LAN), high availability and failover status, hardware status, interface monitoring with critical configuration data such as security level, and connection count.

Posted September 18, 2017

Redgate Software is releasing a new version of SQL Toolbelt, its portfolio of database development software, that will let developers and administrators see database deployment errors. This portfolio addresses a long standing issue that, when database deployments are made, it is vital to monitor their impact in case they lead to SQL Server problems. In many busy organizations, however, it may not be immediately obvious that a deployment has been made, or that the deployment is the cause of resultant issues that arise.

Posted September 14, 2017

InterSystems has announced the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, a new data platform that aims to provide capabilities for rapidly developing data-intensive and mission-critical applications, including advanced data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics. IRIS stands for Interoperable, Reliable, Intuitive and Scalable - four attributes that InterSystems says are required to capitalize on the growing volumes of data entering organizations every day.

Posted September 14, 2017

Iron Mountain Incorporated, a provider of storage and information management services, is launching Iron Mountain Iron Cloud, an enterprise-class cloud storage platform and services offering for comprehensive data protection, preservation, restoration, and recovery.

Posted September 13, 2017

BDNA, a provider of comprehensive technology asset information, is entering an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to develop BDNA Cloud Asset Insights, a new solution that provides discovery and normalization for commercial software assets deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

Posted September 13, 2017

CA Technologies has announced support for IBM's z14 in key CA mainframe solutions. According to the vendor, its solutions leverage the new z14 platform "to decrease the threat surface associated with data breaches where there is degradation of performance associated with increased encryption needs."

Posted September 13, 2017

Oracle has made enhancements to the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud. The offering now features built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that powers Digital Twin and Digital Thread capabilities.

Posted September 13, 2017

Qubole Data Service provides a single platform for ETL, reporting, ad hoc analysis, stream processing and machine learning. It runs on AWS, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Bare Metal Cloud, taking advantage of the elasticity and scale of the cloud, and also supports leading open source engines, including Apache Spark, Hadoop, Presto, and Hive.

Posted September 12, 2017

Alteryx, a provider of self-service data analytics, is releasing a new solution called Alteryx Promote as a component of the Alteryx Analytics Platform. The new solution will empowers both data scientists and citizen data scientists to deploy predictive models directly into business systems via an API and then manage model performance over time.

Posted September 12, 2017

Micro Focus is releasing new innovations across its expanded security portfolio following the successful spin-merge with HPE Software, allowing customers to take an intelligent approach to safeguard against sophisticated threats. Micro Focus's comprehensive security solutions spanning security operations, application security, identity and access management (IAM), and data security help organizations strike the right balance between easy access to critical business data and mitigating risk.

Posted September 12, 2017

IBM is launching new SAP-certified bare metal servers for SAP HANA platform deployments in the IBM Cloud and new configurations for VMware environments that will give enterprises the power and performance they need to manage their mission-critical applications running on SAP HANA. IBM's newest cloud infrastructure for SAP HANA solutions on the IBM Cloud is designed to provide clients with larger and more powerful infrastructure to run memory-intensive applications running on SAP HANA.

Posted September 12, 2017

Information Builders, a provider of business intelligence (BI) and analytics, data integrity, and integration solutions, has announced that its iWay Universal Adapter Suite has achieved SAP-certified integration with the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The certification is a reflection of the iWay Adapter Suite's interoperability and ability to integrate data residing within SAP solutions.

Posted September 11, 2017

IBM plans to make a 10-year, $240 million investment to create the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lab will carry out fundamental artificial intelligence research and seek to propel scientific breakthroughs that unlock the potential of AI. The collaboration aims to advance AI hardware, software and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas, increase AI's impact on industries, such as health care and cybersecurity, and explore the economic and ethical implications of AI on society. IBM's investment in the lab will support research by IBM and MIT scientists.

Posted September 11, 2017

In what is described as the largest acquisition in its history, Rackspace is buying Datapipe, a provider of managed services across public and private clouds, managed hosting, and colocation.

Posted September 11, 2017

data Artisans, founded by the creators of Apache Flink, has introduced dA Platform 2, a new release of its enterprise stream processing platform. Featuring the Application Manager, dA Platform 2 aims to productionize stream processing and enable companies to provide real-time data applications as a centralized enterprise service.

Posted September 11, 2017

Cloudera has acquired Fast Forward Labs, an applied research and advisory services company, that specializes in machine learning and applied AI.

Posted September 07, 2017

Dell EMC will resell DriveScale's software composable infrastructure (SCI) technology to help customers improve the efficiency and agility of their data center infrastructure for cloud native applications.

Posted September 07, 2017

Cybersecurity is a top of mind concern for CIOs, as the number of companies who fall victim to cyber attacks and data breaches increases every year. Attacks are becoming more common, sophisticated, and costly. Executives and IT professionals alike know the importance of enterprise security, yet companies' security policies frequently fail to address one key area of vulnerability to organizations—employee mobile devices.

Posted September 07, 2017

MongoDB recently announced some interesting, though incremental, enhancements. These included improved "joins" in the aggregation framework, better document validation using JSON schema, and more reliable behavior in the event of network failures. These features attempt to close the gap between the functionality of MongoDB and traditional relational databases - joins, schemas, and commits. On top of these incremental updates, MongoDB announced a couple of features that intrude on functionality usually provided by application servers or desktop programs.

Posted September 07, 2017

Rocket Software is updating its UniData MultiValue Database, part of the MultiValue Application Platform, with the addition of Python programming support and audit logging capabilities. These enhancements expand the potential user base for UniData and improve the ability to recruit new development talent, allowing users to easily establish configurable histories of interactions, events, and activities.

Posted September 07, 2017

Entrinsik Inc is releasing the next generation of Informer, its BI and data analytics platform which now includes quick access to multitudes of data, introduces a modern interface, and expands the platform's functionality. Informer 5 has been reimagined from the ground up to leverage an extensible modern architecture and enhanced performance to simplify data discovery and analytics without sacrificing functionality, according to Entrinsik.

Posted September 07, 2017

As organizations increasingly move their data and applications from on-premise deployments to the cloud, the role of the DBA is also shifting. According to Penny Avril, vice president of product management, Oracle Database, the transition means that DBAs have the opportunity to move from being data custodians and keepers to taking on a more strategic role in their organizations. But, she says,the time to prepare for the new cloud reality is now.

Posted September 07, 2017

On Sunday at Oracle OpenWorld, several Oracle user groups, including the IOUG, will bring the experiences of our users and experts to San Francisco and share with thousands of our peers. If you're coming to OpenWorld, I can't say enough about how important it is to participate in the Sunday Program.

Posted September 06, 2017

The emergence of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology may prove to be almost as significant an innovation as the internet itself. Blockchain offers a mechanism for the mediation of any transactions that previously would have required trusted third parties, while cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin may eventually become a significant alternative to traditional "fiat" (e.g., government-backed) currencies. These technologies could eventually revolutionize the global banking infrastructure which has underpinned global commerce for centuries.

Posted September 06, 2017

Cohesity, a provider of hyperconverged secondary storage, is partnering with VMware to launch a data protection solution for VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF). The joint VMware and Cohesity solution extends VMware Cloud Foundation with the Cohesity Hyperconverged Secondary Storage platform. The solution delivers simple data protection, instant recovery, and a multi-cloud data fabric to complement VCF.

Posted September 06, 2017

Dataiku Inc., a maker of Dataiku Data Science Studio (DSS) analytics and collaborative data science tools has announced a $28 million series B funding round led by Battery Ventures and supported by FirstMark, Serena Capital and Alven. The company plans to double its team and accelerate marketing efforts globally while strengthening its platform with new integrations and technologies.

Posted September 06, 2017

NuoDB, which provides a scale-out SQL database for cloud- and container-based environments, has announced a new release which provides customers with flexible hybrid cloud deployment options.

Posted September 01, 2017

Days after Micro Focus announced the completion of the purchase of the HPE software business, HPE has announced its intent to acquire Cloud Technology Partners (CTP), an IT services organization.

Posted September 01, 2017

VoltDB, an enterprise-class database that powers mission-critical applications, is introducing a new database function that will enable real-time predictive fraud detection and prevention in its latest platform release. With User Defined Function (UDF) support for SQL, VoltDB v7.6 enables enterprises to accelerate the identification and prevention of fraud before a transaction is complete.

Posted September 01, 2017

Micro Focus has completed its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) software business, creating what it says is the seventh largest pure-play enterprise software company in the world. Chris Hsu, formerly COO of HPE and executive vice president and general manager of HPE Software, was appointed CEO of Micro Focus.

Posted September 01, 2017

We've heard the term "digital transformation" used almost to the point of exhaustion in the past couple of years—but it's not just a lot of hot air: It's the future. Organizations must update their legacy architecture to remain current in the new enterprise landscape, and mainframe rehosting offers 10 key advantages

Posted August 31, 2017

Microsoft has acquired cloud computing orchestration company Cycle Computing to make it easier for customers to use high-performance computing (HPC) and other computing capabilities in the cloud. The purchase was announced in a blog post by Jason Zander, corporate VP, Microsoft Azure.

Posted August 31, 2017

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