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Braxton Woodham, Tap11, at Structure Big Data 2011

When it comes to social data, one of the biggest firehoses around is the one that comes from Twitter. Trying to make sense of 140 million tweets a day in something close to real-time is a significant challenge, says Tap11 chief technology officer Braxton Woodham. Read more »

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Alfred Spector, Google, at Structure Big Data 2011

Google may have more distributed data than any other company but it still takes user input to create smarter machines. Google’s Voice Search speech recognition, for example, began to improve when the service started to train itself and improve accuracy through the use of end-user data Read more »

Cloudera's Amr Awadallah, Pervasive Software's Mike Hoskins, 10gen's Dwight Merriman, Yahoo's Todd Papaioannou, and DataStax Ben Werther

During an afternoon panel entitled “The Many Faces of MapReduce — Hadoop and Beyond,” moderator Gary Orenstein compared the two primary Hadoop components — MapReduce and the Hadoop Distributed File System — to the meat and bread of a sandwich. Read more »


NoSQL startup DataStax officially entered the pantheon of Hadoop providers today, introducing its own distribution called “Brisk.” Brisk utilizes the open source NoSQL database Cassandra as a replacement for Apache’s Hadoop Distributed File System, as well as Cassandra’s built-in MapReduce engine and Hive. Read more »

Moe Khosravy of Microsoft and Flip Kromer of Infochimps at Structure Big Data 2011
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A few providers are not just creating huge data dumps — collecting and structuring data from multiple sources — but creating marketplaces for others to find and use that data. They include Microsoft’s Windows Azure DataMarket and InfoChimp, who hope to connect enterprises with the data they want Read more »

Michael Linderman, Stanford University, at Structure Big Data 2011

At GigaOM’s Structure Big Data event in New York City, we gathered big data disruptors from Bundle, Revolution Analytics, Stanford and other organizations to talk about how they’ve found new business opportunities, created architectures to better analyze the data and discovered new applications for big data. Read more »

Jim Baum, IBM Netezza, at Structure Big Data 2011

Data isn’t the solution to business problems. Pulling data into applications and using it to make decisions and improve the user experience is the way to solve business problems said Jim Baum, the CEO of Netezza, at Structure Big Data. Read more »

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Luke Lonergan, Greenplum, at Structure Big Data 2011

Being able to process and understand big data has enabled new business models to emerge. But for the next generation of applications to flourish, EMC CTO Luke Lonergren says that data will need to be accessible even to folks that aren’t necessarily data scientists. Read more »

Jeff Jonas, IBM at Structure Big Data 2011

As the amount of captured data grows, how can businesses make more sense of it, use it for accurate predictions and better understand their customers? The answer may lie in the world of physics: the concept of space-time paired with data improves predictions through context. Read more »

Terry Jones of Fluidinfo, Hilary Mason of, Bill McColl of Cloudscale, and Bassel Ojjeh nPario at Structure Big Data 2011
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Joyent Founder and Chief Scientist Jason Hoffman redefined the concept of big data in a panel on data science with Chief Scientist Hilary Mason, Cloudscale Founder and CEO Bill McColl, Fluidinfo Founder and CEO Terry Jones, and nPario President and CEO Bassel Ojjeh. Read more »

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A Yale computer science project has turned into a company giving Hadoop the ability to perform analytics on both structured and unstructured data. Hadapt launched today with an undisclosed amount of funding and the goal of making Hadoop more broadly applicable for analytics. Read more »

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At long last, Microsoft has taken a big step forward in its cloud computing fight against VMware by letting customers manage hybrid on-premise and Windows Azure environments from within Microsoft’s System Center systems management software. Read more »


Twitter unleashed a firestorm of concern and criticism last week with a change to its API policy for apps that enable users to read and write tweets. But this is always the case with platforms – they focus on what is core, and over time that grows. Read more »

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Cloud Platform-as-a-Service startup DotCloud has raised $10 million from Benchamrk Capital and Trinity Ventures, further evidence that openness will be critical if PaaS is to become the future of cloud computing. Openness in PaaS might best be defined as giving users choice and some management access. Read more »


Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and others have established Open Networking Foundation, an industry group that seeks to push the radical new Open Flow technology and the idea behind it, Software Defined Networking (SDN) in new directions. This push could have major ramifications for incumbent gearmakers. Read more »


Last week, Intel announced its plans to produce an Atom processor designed for use within servers, but company’s road map — which doesn’t have the server-ready Atom available until 2012 — raises the question of how serious Intel is about pushing an alternative to its flagship Xeon architecture. Read more »


There are common patterns in API programs that succeed – in planning, management, and organization. Programs that fail have commonalities too. Here’s a nine-box model for API program management that helps track how both strategy and execution must come together to build a successful API effort. Read more »


Using Hadoop to process data for targeted web advertising efforts is nothing new, but this week, two companies in the video advertising space also stepped forward to highlight how Hadoop is helping them deliver the right ads to the right viewers for their clients. Read more »


Consumer electronics recommendation engine Retrevo launched a new feature this morning that challenges the Amazon Marketplace. However, for Retrevo to meet its lofty goals of dethroning Amazon even in this single category, it will have to rely on the accuracy of its machine-learning algorithms. Read more »

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Intel has bought Netherlands-based, system-on-chip startup Silicon Hive in an attempt to make Intel’s low-power Atom processor more appealing across a variety of devices. The most important market will be mobile devices, but it looks like the embedded processor and server markets could be potential targets. Read more »

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Just over than a month after discontinuing its Hadoop distribution to focus on the flagship Apache Hadoop project, Yahoo is proposing some changes to the Hadoop MapReduce component that could significantly improve processing performance. The proposal illustrates just how beneficial Yahoo’s renewed focus could be. Read more »


As we build technology into everything, creating entertainment, recommendation services and applications that can deliver whatever we need at the moment we ask, a new breed of application is being born, and the currency of this new breed of application is the application programming interface. Read more »


Yesterday, HP CEO Leo Apotheker laid out his vision for the company’s cloud computing future, but given HP’s all-but-non-existent cloud strategy until this point, it’s difficult to believe the company can be a real competitor until it actually starts to deliver what Apotheker is promising. Read more »


IBM and Revolution Analytics have brought together SQL queries and predictive analytics by integrating R Enterprise statistical analysis software with IBM’s Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance. It’s part of a significant evolution in analytics strategies as big data becomes a big issue for all types organizations. Read more »

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