big data, information management, big data bitsBig Data keeps getting bigger, but Big Data vendors seem to have it under control. They keep upgrading Hadoop’s performance, making it run faster, and releasing distributions that are more stable, Enterprise-worthy, and ready for real time. 

Add to that, that vendors in the space keep lighting candles in Big Data’s so-called trough of disillusionment, proving that the framework can not only help companies get more clicks and sell more stuff, but that it can help to save lives as well. While we’re all for great marketing and great commerce (in case anyone’s listening, I’d like to be offered a coupon for Nike Air Max+ 2013 for less than $100) we’re thrilled to witness how Big Data can help stop/mitigate disasters and/or save lives as well.

Here’s our pick of news worth noting over the past seven days. This week it’s arranged alphabetically by vendor.

BMC Software Busts Into Big Data Market

Everyone wants a piece of the Big Data pie, so the market is fairly crowded. You’d better have something special to offer if you’re going throw your hat into the ring now.

IT service management provider, BMC Software, seems confident that it can step into the sector and win marketshare with its BMC Control-M for Hadoop solution. The company claims that it dramatically reduces the batch processing time for extremely large collections of data sets, simplifying and automating Hadoop batch processing and connected enterprise workflows.

Cloudera To Offer Data Control At The Cell Level

If there’s one hot topic (aside from the gold iPhone and the impending US Government shutdown), it’s data privacy. We all want to know who is authorized to see our data and how it’s being kept safe from non-authorized parties.

And while we’re not going to debate the first question today, we do think that Cloudera may be on the way to answering the second. The company today announced its formal support and integration with Apache Accumulo which allows system administrators to assign data access at the cell-level, ensuring that only authorized users can view and manipulate individual data points.

Cloudera Partners To Discover Veteran Suicide Risks In Real Time

It’s no secret that military veterans are among a country’s greatest assets, but it’s also well known that their transition into the civilian world can be tough. So tough, in fact, that their suicide risk is much greater as compared to the rest of the population.

Well, we can’t let our heroes die tragically and senselessly when we can use Big Data and predictive analytics to point us to veterans who might be at risk and when an intervention might lead them to beautiful and productive lives.

It’s with this thinking in mind that Cloudera has partnered with analytics firm Patterns and Predictions in an ongoing initiative to apply machine learning to identify key correlations between military veterans’ communications and suicide risk.

It’s one way that Big Data may help to save lives.

Hortonworks And WANdisco Hook-Up To Make Big Data Applications Continuously Available

Hortonworks is hell-bent on taking over the world of Big Data; anywhere there’s a need for Hadoop, the company wants its name on the label of the solution that fills the void. And that means not only working with customers, but with vendors as well. Partnerships with SAP and Teradata are good examples.

In partnering with WANdisco, Hortonworks is doing something a tad different; they’re working with a would-be competitor to provide services that they may not (at least for the moment) be able to deliver on their own -- namely 100% uptime for global enterprises using Hortonworks Data Platform across multiple data centers.

It’s a win/win for Big Data customers who need the capability.

MapR’s New Release Runs Database Applications Even Faster

If MapR were a richer company, I’d recommend that they use Formula One races for marketing, the way EMC does. Why? Because it seems that every time I turn my computer on, MapR breaks yet another speed record.

Last week was no different. MapR announced that its M7 release for NoSQL and Apache Hadoop, boosted the performance of applications originally written to run with HBase with upwards of 10x better throughput while eliminating latency spikes.

While this may get the juices flowing in other Hadoop distro providers, it would be interesting to gauge Larry Ellison’s reaction if he heard the news. Because John Schroeder, CEO and cofounder of MapR Technologies, targeted Oracle in his comments.

In a press release he stated, “Our customers are moving Hadoop from pilot adoption and project use to mainstream enterprise deployments. MapR customers are experiencing the same reliability and enterprise-level performance with our distribution as they have seen with the Oracle platform at a fraction of the cost.”

There’s no doubt that Ellison would poo-poo Schroeder’s words, but exactly how is an interesting question.

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