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DataStax's Cassandra Isn't Just a NoSQL Database

DataStax's Cassandra Isn't Just a NoSQL DatabaseYou don’t have to convince Jason Atlas that yesterday’s databases weren’t built for today’s world. The Vice President of Engineering at IID experienced it for himself when the popular database his company was using almost puked because it couldn’t handle the momentum of data coming at it.  

And while a little latency might be tolerated in some industries, at Atlas’s company it is not; after all it provides a platform where enterprises can share data about the latest cyber threats and ongoing attacks and be warned before the trouble that’s on its way -- and it’s always on its way -- can wreak havoc.

Why IBM's Cloudant Acquisition is a Big Deal and Who it Threatens

While the age of big data, mobile, cloud and analytics is one of great excitement and opportunity for startups like Cloudera, DataStax, MongoDB and others who have emerged during the past several years, it’s also one of danger for computing giants like EMC, IBM, HP, Oracle, Microsoft and the like.

Chances are, better than not, that at least one of these established giants won’t make it into computing’s third era. 

Big Data Won't Cross the Chasm Before 2015 (But There's a $1T Market to Come)

BigDatachasm.jpgBig as the buzz around big data is, the reality is that most enterprises have yet to adopt it. And that won’t change before 2015, if you believe what tech forecasting god Geoffrey Moore has to say.  

No Comprendo Hadoop? No Problema [Video]

You can call data scientists plenty of things, including the often overused term from 2012 … sexy. But waiting in line for their services is not. Business users need to make decisions on the spot, or they risk losing their competitive advantage.

Acquia Lift Makes Drupal Sites Smarter, Revenues Bigger

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It’s every marketer’s dream — delivering the right offer, to the right visitor, at the right time, through the right channel, to drive greater revenue. Simple to say, not so easy to do.

Consider your own experience when visiting websites. How often are you presented with compelling offers that you’re willing to take action on? If you’re like me, not very often.

This could actually change in the near future. Earlier today, Acquia, provider of products, services and technical support for creating web experiences with the open source CMS Drupal, announced Acquia Lift, an optimization platform that promises to make websites smarter, marketers more productive and revenues greater.

If it works as promised and is widely accepted by the Drupal community, you — even as a consumer —could benefit from Acquia’s latest innovation. After all, there are more than million of Drupal sites on the web today.

Who Leads the Big Data Market? (Probably Not Who You Think)

Go to a big data tech conference, approach any ten people and ask them to name the technology that’s driving the industry. Most of them will say Hadoop.

Ask them to name the vendors who are driving Hadoop’s development, adoption and growth and they’ll say Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and they might even throw Pivotal, Intel, Microsoft HDInsight or WANdisco onto the list

Next, ask them which technology vendors are reeling in the bucks while riding the big data wave and they’ll probably name a few of the aforementioned providers. And get this: if they do that, they’ll be wrong.

Watch Your Back, MongoDB - Couchbase is Coming After Your Customers

Watch Your Back, MongoDB - Couchbase is Coming After Your CustomersAnd Datastax, you may be next.

Sure the headline seems a little dramatic, but we’re not exaggerating at all.

My Hadoop is Better Than Yours: It's MapR's Turn #strata

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The commercial vendors behind Hadoop don’t actually taunt each other in the press, but they do say things like we’re the only…we don’t do that… they’re doing this…

Of course each of them has to differentiate themselves from the next and show potential customers why their branded commercial Hadoop distribution is not only fast, but also Enterprise-grade, secured and flexible.

Big Data Bits: Don't Miss News from Trifacta, MemSQL, Dataminr, LinkedIn

fittoprint.jpgIf you were looking for all the news that’s fit to print, you’ve come to the wrong place. We read (almost) everything big data related, including nearly 100 press releases and articles each week, and then bring you the news on what we think is most remarkable.

Big Data Bits: The Land of Opportunity Is Getting Crowded

Big Data Bits: The Land of Opportunity Is Getting CrowdedIt’s hard to believe that only three years ago “big data” seemed like a strange term. I remember sitting in a crowded room at GigaOm’s first New York Structure Conference at Chelsea Piers listening to a bunch of bigwigs debate what the massive amount of data we were accumulating quickly would eventually be called.

“I hope it’s not big data,” one of them said -- I think it may have been Om Malik. It seemed as if the term was being used “temporarily” until someone came up with something better.

Needless to say, it stuck. 

Data Insights Generate Big Wins for Kids via Donors Choose and Looker

pencilandsharpener.jpgSometimes the difference between a kid who can write a story and a kid who cannot is a pencil that’s sharp enough to write. And believe it or not, there are classrooms that don’t have pencils or pencil sharpeners.

There are first graders who haven’t read "A Cat in the Hat" because their classroom doesn’t have a copy of the book.

And there are fourth graders who are supposed to be learning about science, but their teacher is unable to access microscopes, lab notebooks or even geodes. 

Cloudera Stakes Its Claim to the Enterprise Data Hub

Cloudera literally aroused wonder at Strata Conference + Hadoop World last fall when it announced its Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) strategy. Standing before a packed house at the conference in New York City, the company’s co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Olson proclaimed that Hadoop was moving from the periphery to the architectural center of the data center. It is now not only a place where data destined for Hadoop processing can land, but also where all enterprise data, without discrimination, can be efficiently and securely stored, processed, analyzed and delivered on demand to special purpose systems for further processing.

All Eyes on Box After Reports of Its Not-So-Secret IPO Filing

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Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but online file sharing company Box has reportedly (secretly) filed for its IPO.

The story was “broken” by Quartz, reported on by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and all but verified by Forbes.

Read on because we have reasons to believe what they’ve written is true. Reasons that no one else seems to have written about thus far.

We Know What You'll Be Eating During the Super Bowl [Infographic]

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Hunches are good, but data is better, so says best-selling author Dan Pink. And in a world of big data and sophisticated analytics, why would you even want to go on a hunch, especially when there’s so much great data available?

Maybe because, in this day and age, huge volumes of variable data come at you with such great velocity that it’s difficult to get an accurate picture of what it’s telling you. Especially if it’s all loaded into a spreadsheet.

And, even if you’re OK with jockeying spreadsheets, chances are the people with whom you want to have conversations and collaborate about the data are not. When they see you coming at them with an Excel file, they’ll run the other way. Send the e-mail with an .xls attachment and they may “accidentally” delete without reading …

 

EMC Syncplicity's New Mobile Face: Beautiful, Brainy, Impenetrable

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The enterprise file sync and share market is jam-packed with vendors. If we were to write an article every time one of them makes a tweak, there wouldn’t be enough time to do anything else. So needless to say, we’re not going that route.

However, when one of the vendors that dominates or is disrupting the space does something interesting, we think it’s worth bringing to your attention.

EMC Syncplicity wins time on the center stage today with its new Mobile First strategy. And no, we’re not talking about skinning a desktop experience onto an iPhone or iPad and changing the way the icons look — but literally changing the way you work. Syncplicity’s new app helps you work smarter, more collaboratively and faster.

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