It was a good day for anyone invested in the greater NoSQL market, as Riak creator Basho and Couchcase both announced big customers wins. Basho highlighted The Weather Company, which is running and replicating Riak across multiple global data centers, while travel-industry technology provider Amadeus is working with Couchbase to deploy that database across its customer-facing applications. It’s good news for the NoSQL space because any large companies choosing databases other than MongoDB is validation that they matter and a sign they’ll be around for a while.
Amazon Kinesis is a new service for capturing and processing streaming data, and it’s also about the only thing of its ilk available as a cloud service. Will other cloud providers ever catch up with AWS? Read more »
IBM has upped the ante in the API game by making its Watson question-answering system available as a service. That’s right, Watson could soon power your smartphone app. Read more »
Amazon Web Services announced a new service called Amazon WorkSpaces during its re:invent conference on Wednesday. If it can deliver VDI and gain traction where others have not, it could be a big boon for the company. Read more »
Machine learning startup Ayasdi has teamed up with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, as well as the Texas Medical Center, to help advance data analysis in a variety of complex fields. Read more »
Amazon Web Services is now offering up free access to three NASA datasets from the NASA Earth Exchange project about the world’s weather, geology and vegetation. The cloud is a natural place to house large datasets that many people or institutions might want to analyze without requiring everyone to download, store and analyze the data locally. Scientific data has proven particularly appealing early, with numerous cloud providers already hosting various datasets, often in the fields of genomics and biology.
IBM’s Steve Mills has been with the company for decades, and during that time has seen lots of technologies and trends come and go. Here are his thoughts on how the company approaches selling software in a changing IT world. Read more »
This survey from State Street and the Economist Intelligence Unit is a pretty good look at the opportunities and challenges of using data in the financial services industry. Many respondents noted the challenge of integrating lots of data sources, which is understandable and probably only going to get harder. It seems there’s a lot of promise in new services/data sources such as Dataminr and Premise Data, but they also represent a pretty big divergence from tradition.
Backblaze has shared the designs of its 180-terabyte storage pods, and now it’s sharing some details about how long the drives inside those boxes last. According to the company, nearly three-fourths of all the drives it has deployed are still running. Read more »
Rackspace revenue continued to rise during the third quarter, but growth was slow and profits were down year over year. The company chalks up the latter to increased forward-looking investments, but the elephant in the room is Amazon. Read more »
The Facebook-led Open Compute Project is set to vote on four new specifications that would make open source networking switches and OS software a reality in the near future. Read more »
A Dallas-based startup called Servergy, which makes low-power servers about half the size of traditional servers, has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital. The company’s servers run on 8-core 1.5 GHz Freescale Power Architecture processors and, although 1U high, are only 14 inches deep and 8.25 inches wide. Servergy appears to have raised just under $30 million so far, according to SEC filings, although its has not named its investors.
Correction: This post was corrected at 3:15 p.m. to correct the manufacturer of Servery’s processors, which is Freescale and not IBM.
If there was a NoSQL storm brewing earlier this decade, Hummer Winblad’s Mitchell Kertzman thinks it has all but died down. People thought NoSQL would blow up the SQL world, he said on this week’s Structure Show, but it might just be a nice complement. Read more »
Amazon Web Services’ second-annual user conference is around the corner, but its scale is as much about AWS’s platform as it is about the ecosystem of developers and applications it has enabled. Read more »
Splunk is switching CTOs, as co-founder Erik Swan is stepping down to be replaced by former Yahoo exec and Continuuity co-founder Todd Papaioannou. Read more »
Facebook has open sourced Presto, a SQL engine it says is on average 10 times faster than Hive for running queries across large data sets stored in Hadoop and elsewhere. Read more »
For workspace designer Jennifer Magnolfi, tackling a crumbling downtown Las Vegas and turning it into a place that inspires interaction and creativity was a whole new experience. What she saw, though, was that smart design can have amazing effects even in unlikely places. Read more »
A Seattle-based startup called Seeq has raised $6 million to help companies capitalize on the Industrial Internet by letting use the streams of data their business processes are generating. Read more »
Dataminr, a startup dedicated to analyzing the Twitter firehose of real-time tweets, is using today’s BlackBerry news as proof of its value. The company claims it gave users a 3-minute advantage in which time to start selling BalckBerry shares. Read more »
HGST is now selling helium-filled hard drives that can hold more capacity (and more disks) while using less energy than traditional hard drives. One early use of the tech is CERN, which is impressed even if helium won’t solve all its capacity problems. Read more »
In Part 2 of my look at the issue of web privacy, I address the likely reality that no one inside Google, Facebook or the NSA cares about any of us on an individual level. Read more »
Venture capitalist Chris Lynch has disrupted the database industry before as CEO of Vertica Systems, but now he’s watching Hadoop take it to the next level. Here are his thoughts on the challenges legacy vendors face and who’s positioned to ride the big data wave. Read more »
This is the first of two posts in which I try to come to terms with the privacy concerns inherently tied to the digital era. Should I feel powerless, indifferent or take a laissez faire attitude and just go along for the ride? Read more »
Hadoop startup Datameer is selling a $49 “charity edition” of its spreadsheet-based Hadoop analytics software, with all proceeds this month going to help elephants injured by poaching. Read more »
Deep learning is one of the hottest trends in big data right now and is currently underpinning the cutting edge in areas such as natural language processing and image recognition. Here’s a brief guide about what it is about who’s doing it. Read more »
Teradata’s CEO addressed the impact of Hadoop on its earnings call and, according to this report from ZDNet, downplayed its effect. In fact, he said only 4 to 8 percent of Teradata workloads might ever move to Hadoop. Even if that’s true for workloads, what about the data itself? It might not need to live in those pricey appliances.
Dropbox has hired Kevin Park as its new head of technical operations and IT. Park was at Facebook from 2006 until 2011, where he was a director of technical operations. This isn’t the first time Dropbox has brought on former Facebook employees to help grow its engineering team — in 2012 it bought a startup called Cove that was started by Aditya Agarwal (now VP of engineering) and Ruchi Sanghvi (formerly VP of operations), who built Search and Newsfeed, respectively, during their time at Facebook.
Correction: This post has been updated to clarify that Ruchi Sanghvi is no longer with Dropbox.
This is a pretty interesting benchmark study, although the headline is a bit misleading because Hadoop isn’t really optimized for graph analysis. When you look at comparisons to Spark, GraphLab and other platforms, it seems the decision of what to choose might come down to data volume, acceptable latency and cost, especially when considered against the value of that graph workload. Projects like Giraph and other YARN-enabled engines might make Hadoop look better, too.
It was another busy news day in the big data world. Here are some of the more-interesting items you might have missed if you blinked. Read more »
Cloudera is now positioning itself less as a company selling Hadoop and more as a company selling what it calls an “enterprise data hub.” It’s not about the technologies, the company argues, but what they can do for users. Read more »
An MIT professor has created an algorithm he says can work in conjunction with rangefinders and adaptive cruise control systems to keep cars moving at the ideal speeds to limit traffic jams. Read more »
Cloudera has partnered with a startup called Databricks to integrate and support the Apache Spark data-processing platform within Cloudera’s Hadoop software. Spark, which is designed for speed and usability, is one of several technologies pushing Hadoop beyond MapReduce. Read more »
Rackspace is now doing Hadoop, Cloudera just announced a handful of partners — Hadoop is everywhere in the cloud these days. Here’s a quick breakdown of what cloud providers are offering which distributions of Hadoop as managed services. Read more »
After nearly 18 months in relative stealth mode, ClearStory Data is finally available. It’s a pretty novel way of doing business analytics that tries to let lay users do more by automating much of the hard work. Read more »
A new startup called Paxata wants to make business analysts’ lives easier by automating the process of going from raw data to something that an analytics product like Tableau can actually understand. Read more »
Rackspace has opened its Hortonworks-powered Hadoop service for early access customers, about a year after announcing it would be building the offering. It’s neither the first nor the last managed Hadoop service we’ll see this week. Read more »
Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman came on the Structure this week to talk about everything from building open source storage pods to dealing with the CIA to how hard it easy it can be to waste $1 million marketing to the wrong people. Read more »
Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly says his company doesn’t really think of its peers Hortonworks and MapR as competitors, deciding instead to focus its efforts on winning bigger and broader deals. Read more »
Technology buyers in some sectors drool over the promise of things like cloud computing and big data, but those words don’t mean a whole lot in places like warehouses or manufacturing plants, where how something works is far less important than that it works. Read more »
Facebook’s decision to include status updates and wall posts in Graph Search could be called great or creepy depending on the user, but it wasn’t an inconsequential decision technologically. In fact, it put a significant strain on the feature’s database infrastructure. Read more »