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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.



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MapR Technologies, a provider of an an enterprise-grade platform for NoSQL and Hadoop, is expanding its Asia Pac presence with a new office in Seoul and a partnership agreement with LG CNS, a global IT service provider that will provide system integration and consulting services across Korea for the MapR Distribution for Hadoop and NoSQL.

Posted February 19, 2014

The latest release of Embarcadero's portfolio of database tools adds first-class support for Teradata in addition to updating support for the latest releases of the major RDBMSs. Overall, a key theme for the XE5 releases is an emphasis on scale, as big data, with big models and big applications, requires close collaboration across big teams, said Henry Olson, Embarcadero director of product management.

Posted February 18, 2014

Splice Machine, provider of a real-time SQL-on-Hadoop database for big data applications, has completed a $15M Series B round of funding, led by InterWest Partners, along with returning Series A investor Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV). The investment will be used to accelerate product development and expand sales and marketing in preparation for the company's upcoming public beta offering later this quarter.

Posted February 18, 2014

Alpine Data Labs has introduced a collaboration solution that aims to help deliver on the predictive analytics potential of big data. Alpine Chorus 3.0 is a product that it allows users to log in, work with colleagues, and explore data.

Posted February 18, 2014

Addressing CFOs' needs for real-time global views of their organizations and the ability to quickly forecast the effects of the dynamic world in which their businesses operate, Oracle has introduced the Real Time Bottom Line, which includes two new applications for PeopleSoft Financials customers. Engineered for Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Applications are designed to help the office of the CFO drive business performance through faster, well-informed decisions based on real-time simulation of business, organizational and regulatory changes.

Posted February 14, 2014

Today at the Strata conference in Santa Clara, MapR Technologies unveiled the latest MapR Distribution including Hadoop 2.2 with YARN for next-generation resource management. The company also announced availability of the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, which provides a fully-configured virtual machine installation of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop to allow users to jump-start their Hadoop exploration; and the early access release of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform on MapR.

Posted February 11, 2014

In order to be effective, big data analytics must present a clear and consistent picture of what's happening in and around the enterprise. Does a new generation of databases and platforms offer the scalability and velocity required for cloud-based, big data-based applications—or will more traditional relational databases come roaring back for all levels of big data challenges?

Posted February 10, 2014

Solid State Disk (SSD)—particularly flash SSD—promised to revolutionize database performance by providing a storage media that was orders of magnitude faster than magnetic disk, offering the first significant improvement in disk I/O latency for decades. Aerospike is a NoSQL database that attempts to provide a database architecture that can fully exploit the I/O characteristics of flash SSD.

Posted February 10, 2014

When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you're generally going to consider three approaches, one of which is a cloud implementation. SQL Server 2012, and even more so in the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release, has built out a very strong Apache Hadoop infrastructure on Windows Azure called HDInsight. Despite all its goodness, it is in the cloud—and a lot of people aren't ready to go there yet.

Posted February 10, 2014

Hortonworks and Red Hat have announced an expanded partnership, as well as the introduction of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) plug-in for Red Hat Storage, now available through a beta program.

Posted February 10, 2014

Expanding its big data analytics portfolio, Apigee has acquired InsightsOne, a technology company that provides big data predictive intelligence to help businesses understand consumer preferences. The acquisition of InsightsOne adds a predictive analytics infrastructure that is consistent with Apigee's big data offerings, built on top of a massively scalable distributed processing foundation based on open source Hadoop and an in-memory real-time process.

Posted February 05, 2014

CodeFutures is now the sponsor of MapDB, a database for Java developers. According to CodeFutures, MapDB will remain open source under the Apache 2.0 license, enabling free access to the core technology.

Posted February 04, 2014

Cloudera introduced simplified packaging and pricing for its product line-up to align closely with the way customers use Hadoop. At the top of the stack is Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub Edition which gives customers everything they need to build an enterprise data hub, including unlimited supported use of all Cloudera's advanced components.

Posted February 03, 2014

Combining a high-speed operational database with in-memory analytics, the latest release of VoltDB's flagship product features a ten-fold throughput improvement of analytic queries and can do writes and reads on millions of data events per second, according to the company. By enabling organizations to take advantage of data when it arrives, VoltDB says the database is purpose-built to support telecommunications billing, gaming, sensor management, smart energy and capital markets applications.

Posted January 29, 2014

With demand growing for easy-to-use analytical applications that can make big data actionable for more users, MicroStrategy has launched MicroStrategy PRIME, a cloud-based, in-memory analytics service. The company says it has been built from the ground up to support the engineering challenges that are associated with development of powerful new information-driven apps.

Posted January 28, 2014

DocAve Online, AvePoint's software-as-a-service platform for Microsoft Office 365 management, has added enhanced data protection, governance, and reporting to help companies improve the protection and control of their cloud-based assets. The company says the policy enforcement enhancements in DocAve Online Service Pack (SP) 3, hosted on Windows Azure, enable companies to have comprehensive governance policies that will address all-in cloud, hybrid, or on-premises deployments.

Posted January 27, 2014

New funding will enable in-memory database technology provider MemSQL to expand product development, support its growing customer base, and capitalize on the market for big data technologies. The $35 million Series B funding round was led by Accel Partners.

Posted January 22, 2014

Volume is only one of the challenges organizations face. Real-time processing of in-motion high-velocity feeds is crucial to truly unlock big data's potential. A look at where data is originating and being consumed puts the opportunity and importance of velocity processing into context. What's the solution?

Posted January 20, 2014

At an event in NYC, Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, unveiled IBM's new Watson Group, which is aimed at enabling a new class of software, services and apps that think, improve by learning, and discover answers and insights to complex questions from massive amounts of big data. IBM will invest more than $1 billion into the Watson Group, which will be headquartered in New York City's Silicon Alley technology hub.

Posted January 09, 2014

It's time to look back at some of the most interesting big data blog posts of the past 12 months. These 12 posts provide warnings, tips and tricks, and often a touch of humor as well.

Posted January 08, 2014

0xdata, maker of H2O, the open source in-memory prediction engine for big data, has announced H2O's full support of Scala, a programming language and application community for big data and machine learning.

Posted December 30, 2013

Not all Hadoop packages offer a unique distribution of the Hadoop core, but all attempt to offer a differentiated value proposition through additional software utilities, hardware, or cloud packaging. Against that backdrop, Intel's distribution of Hadoop might appear to be an odd duck since Intel is not in the habit of offering software frameworks, and the brand, while ubiquitous, is not associated specifically with Hadoop, databases or big data software. However, given its excellent partnerships across the computer industry, Intel has support from a variety of vendors, including Oracle and SAP, and many of the innovations in its distribution show real promise.

Posted December 18, 2013

A new rapid-deployment solution from SAP aims to address the issue of big data storage access and analysis which companies are grappling with as they attempt to balance what information needs to be accessible in real time and what can be stored for historical analysis. The SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (BW) Near-Line Storage rapid-deployment solution facilitates seamless data transfer between the business warehouse and the near-line storage that holds historical data. This, the company says, helps limit a business' burden around housing volumes of big data while also creating an online and accelerated retrieval system with the near-line storage.

Posted December 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 December 17, 2013

Big data software company Talend announced it has raised $40 million in new funding from Bpifrance, Iris Capital and existing investors. The cash infusion will be targeted at investment and development in big data, the company says.

Posted December 11, 2013

Appfluent, a provider of big data analytic solutions, has introduced Appfluent Visibility Version 5.5. The release features new capabilities enables organizations to implement an effective data management strategy to boost performance and help contain rising IT costs by advancing data usage analytics.

Posted December 10, 2013

Applied Relevance has announced general availability of a new information management application, Epinomy version 7 optimized for MarkLogic 7. According to Applied Relevance, Epinomy provides information architects with a comprehensive approach to linking and tagging information assets such as tables and text; and then leveraging triple store technology to enable a high-speed search experience.

Posted December 09, 2013

The Independent SAP Technical User Group (ISUG-TECH), has opened the call for papers for the 2014 ISUG-TECH conference, which will be held April 14-17 at the Hilton, Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. With a strong focus on SAP's database technologies, the conference will provide three days of technical content across all SAP products, including SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP Sybase ASE), SAP Sybase Replication Server, SAP PowerBuilder, the SAP Mobile Platform and SAP HANA.

Posted November 27, 2013

A new strategic OEM agreement between Rolta and SAP will enable Rolta to provide customers with business analytics and big data solutions designed to exploit SAP's database and technology portfolio.

Posted November 27, 2013

Attivio and Actian have formed an alliance that will allow their customers to have access to both internal and external sources of unstructured content. The combination of Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine with Actian's ParAccel Big Data Analytics is aimed at helping business users to gain new, real-time business insights that help them build revenue, increase competitiveness, and manage risk.

Posted November 26, 2013

Logi Analytics has formed a new partnership with MongoDB and created the Logi Analytics native connector. Logi Analytics' new connector to MongoDB gives developers the ability to specify custom filter expressions, perform aggregations using MongoDB's pipeline operations, and employ MapReduce functions to query the data for interactive analytics, reporting and dashboards.

Posted November 19, 2013

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

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

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