Big Data News – 07 Nov 2016

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Cloud computing is throwing more variables into network performance, but it's also helping to make network management smarter. Nyansa, a startup that launched earlier this year with a cloud-based service to pinpoint the sources of enterprise network problems, is now adding the ability to analyze how individual applications are performing. The company's original Voyance service uses a software crawler to capture data about how traffic is flowing over the network and how each piece of infrastructure — such as a router or a Wi-Fi access point — affects that performance.

With 2017 fast approaching, technology trends that will keep gathering steam in the new year range from augmented and virtual reality to machine intelligence, Docker, and microservices, according to technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks. In its semiannual Technology Radar report published Monday, ThoughtWorks calls out four IT themes growing in prominence: Virtual reality (VR) and its cousin, augmented reality (AR) Docker as process, PaaS as machine, microservices architecture as programming model Intelligent empowerment The holistic effect of team structure The data is based on reports ThoughtWorks' consultants are seeing out in the field.

In an interview with ETCIO.COM, Nilesh Sangoi, CTO, Meru Cabs shared the technology roadmap of the taxi operator company.

The startup has developed a data analytics platform for oncology, Parsight, that aggregates information on cancer patients for research.

by Ate Poorthuis In our most recent special issue Agnieszka Leszczynski and Jeremy Crampton have drawn together an engaging series of articles on Spatial Big Data and Everyday Life. The theme explores what it means to encounter, experience and study the spatial dimension of big data. The issue looks at what it actually means to explicitly think about spatial big data and then examines what the effects of this type of data are on the everyday lives of people. In their introductory article, Leszczynski and Crampton make clear that 'spatial' should be thought of as more than just the geographical reference itself (e.g. coordinates or addresses) that plays such a dominant role in (geographic) academic research.

Is the database world hostility between old and new, SQL and NoSQL, incumbent and startup finally subsiding? Signs point to yes, and that points to good things for the industry.

I've never really been a sports fan before, but living in Chicago the enthusiasm for the Cubs is infectious, and so I've been a big fan this season. I'm also a huge Eddie Vedder fan, and seeing Pearl Jam play at Wrigley field was also an amazing experience. So with the World Series win, I'm just going to leave this here. Congratulations Cubs and Cubs fans, and have a great weekend all! We'll be back on Monday.

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach. In the quest for securing the cloud, one key aspect is often left out of the discussion: the security impact of the cloud endpoint — most notably the imperiled browser. As enterprises and individuals increasingly move computing to the cloud, security at the endpoint has been an escalating concern. Taking matters into their own hands, many enterprise consumers are going "direct to cloud" — avoiding enterprise IT practices that would otherwise protect endpoints, connectivity and data. Meanwhile, IT executives that once viewed cloud-based shared computing and storage infrastructure as their least trustworthy option now see the cloud as the safest choice.

Ransomware is a legitimate threat, with estimates showing that over 4,000 of these attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of the year.

CenturyLink will hold a $150 million stake in the entity formed by BC Partners and Medina Capital.

The same week that NetApp officials unveil new SaaS storage offerings for hybrid cloud environments, they say they will lay off 6 percent of workers.

Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not promote a product or service and has been edited and approved by Network World editors. When I talk to data practitioners, something that comes up quite often is how their work with data has become an exact science. But I've heard repeatedly that inspiring non-technical staff to understand what to do with data insights can be a slow and painful process.

Spiceworks turned its attention to networking issues that are getting more complex in the age of the cloud, adding several free tools.

Trifacta is known for doing one thing, and doing it well: data wrangling. Because of this, the company has an informed, data-driven view on the big data and not-so-big data market. Trifacta's insights have driven its latest product release, but are also relevant to draw a big picture of big data.

In a recent report, Gartner looks at the growing field of disaster recover as a service, and finds how this cloud-based approach differs from the more traditional approach to DR.

While automation and AI are about to hit the enterprise in a big way, the transformation won't happen across the entire IT stack all at once.

Do you manage variable-based pay at your organization? Find out how you can avoid payment errors and streamline plan administration while giving your organization the insights that your sales team needs.

This post is to announce some new features for the dplyrXdf package, which provides useful tools for manipulating Xdf data files for use with the RevoScaleR library included with Microsoft R Client and Microsoft R Server. Extraction operators Sometimes it's useful to be able to extract variables from an Xdf file.

The National Football League and Google are producing the league's first virtual reality video series. The upcoming nine-part VR show will debut its first episode on the NFL's YouTube channel on Thanksgiving Day. Before the end of 2016, the series will also be in the NFL VR app for Google's upcoming Daydream View headset. The entire series is being filmed with Google's Jump virtual reality capture system.

Countering fraud is an ongoing process in the world of finance, but it need not be an overwhelming one. When identifying fraudulent activity amid the millions of transactions that flood financial networks, IBM Safer Payments offers ways to help manage workloads while avoiding false positives.

Business Intelligence solutions have grown rapidly over the last few years. The modern business now has more BI tools than ever to choose from. How can you select the right BI tool? What elements should they look for? In this article, we explore a few not-so-obvious areas you can't ignore when choosing a BI solution.




Global brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling to compete against their digital rivals. Smaller retailers have been suffering the most, because they can't compete on the same margins as larger competitors. Some experts have warned that small retailers will eventually be extinct. According to Marc Bain:

Advances in computing power, natural language processing, and digitization of text now make it possible to study a culture's evolution through its texts using a 'big data' lens. Our ability to communicate reli…

Election-tracking nonprofit Ushahidi will use SMS, social media, and email to connect citizens with vetted volunteers and lawyers to monitor the upcoming US election.

Everybody wants to be a winner. One way to get there is to follow the leaders. In networking, big cloud companies like Google and Facebook are at the top of their game. They run giant data centers, continually launch and modify large-scale applications, and don't seem to be bound to big system vendors. Many ordinary enterprises would love what the internet heavyweights have: standardized networks that can support any application without administrators having to configure a lot of proprietary hardware. Conveniently, some of those cutting-edge companies offer parts of their technology to others through open-source specifications. But there are limits to how well a company in the insurance or machine-tool business can emulate world-changing tech giants. It turns out no one can just become Google, at least not overnight.

AdaBoost is a canonical example of the class of AnyBoost algorithms that create ensembles of weak learners. We discuss how a complex problem like predicting restaurant failure (which is surely caused by different problems in different situations) might benefit from this technique.

On Friday, days before the US presidential election on November 8, Uber said it wants to help increase voter turnout by offering an in-app feature that helps bring riders to their polling locations.

Companies continue their migration of both applications and computing infrastructure to the cloud at a steady pace. They have moved 45% of their applications and computing infrastructure to the cloud already, and they expect well over half of their IT environment to be cloud-based by 2018, according to a recent IDG Enterprise survey of 925 IT decision makers.

Business efforts to deliver analytics tools to external customers largely fall short. Even when systems are in place, they don't provide the desired information

Only a few months ago the news broke that Vista Equity Partners had acquired identity management vendor Ping Identity for around $600 million. The private equity buyout is one which, in these IPO-constrained times, has seen increasing interest. With the sale, eyes turned toward Ping to see how it would deliver the growth and quick wins that its new overlords would, no doubt, demand. Ping had already seen good traction — it claims half of the Fortune 100 as customers and has such marques as Boeing, Cisco, Disney, GE, Kraft Foods, TIAA and Walgreens on its books. But private equity wants more, and so the pressure was on Ping to deliver.

Many enterprises find it difficult to put Hadoop into production and deliver value, even after successful pilots. Learn how cloud-based Hadoop/Spark services may help, on this expert webinar and live Q&A with guest speaker, Forrester VP and Principal Analyst Mike Gualtieri. Find out how Hadoop and Spark are evolving, why enterprises remain challenged by deployments, and how cloud services help Learn more about the unique requirements of data science and why the data lake concept is getting so much attention Hear how companies utilize "data lake as a service" from Prat Moghe, CEO of Cazena Join us Thursday, November 10, at 10am PT/1pm ET. Mike Gualtieri VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Prat Moghe CEO/Founder, Cazena www.cazena.com

Red Hat delivered an update to Linux platforms that addresses how packets are transferred, container management, IoT devices, securing IT environment.

With IoT, malware could spread like a pathogen among connected devices by compromising just one of them.

The key to truly capitalizing on IoT data is a well-established, integrated information management strategy.

Last night, the Chicago Cubs made history by winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years, beating the Cleveland Indians in a nail-biting extra-innings game. As a result, today's blog post is a little late as I, along with most of Chicago, was celebrating into the wee hours of this morning. In recognition of the event, and the fact that simple data analysis is all I can muster today, I thought I'd use the excellent Lahman package, which provides a trove of baseball statistics for R, to have a look at the historical performance of the two teams.

70 percent of those in charge of an organization's security are feeling overwhelmed and say that threat intelligence is often too voluminous.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the worldwide public IaaS market, is in tight competition in the PaaS market. But it's an also-ran when it comes to the managed private cloud category, according to a report from Synergy Research Group.

Social media data aggregated by Sysomos before the World Series shows that the Cubs and Indians beat a negative news cycle, defeated both major political candidates, and united the country.

IoT devices, especially in the form of wearables, have long been used to track human activity. Now, they're used to monitor cows. Here's how sensors and software are collecting data for farmers.

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