Big Data News – 29 Feb 2016

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Microsoft today announced that it's starting to send developers invitations to pre-order the $3,000 HoloLens Development Edition version of its HoloLens augmented reality headset. The kits will ship to people in the U.S. and Canada starting on March 30. Microsoft had said pre-orders would begin last month. But still, the pre-order milestone is coming just over a year after Microsoft first unveiled the HoloLens during an event at company headquarters.

White box switching company Pica8 this week enhanced its operating system software to overcome limitations in OpenFlow switching. Pica8 is adding Table Type Patterns (TTP) to PicOS so it can scale to 2 million flows with Cavium's XPliant switch ASIC, and to 256,000 flows with Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk switch ASIC. This will enable larger data center build-outs, Pica8 says, because typical TCAM flow capacity in the top-of-rack installed base today is between 1,000 and 2,000 flows.

We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.

Nearly 20 years after its launch, Internet2 is quietly humming along on university campuses across the country, doing its R&D work and connecting researchers who might otherwise not be able to share information so readily.

News: Agreement between web giant and the UK's fourth biggest grocery is signed while disputed contract with tech platform supplier Ocado is amended

Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.

Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption to being required to provide such information.

Happy Friday! Here's an overview of the 10 biggest European tech news items this week from 1) Done deal, one of the larger exits in European tech history: Activision Blizzard closes $5.9 billion acquisition of King, makers of Candy Crush 2) Two exits in Israel, over $1.3 billion in combined value: Mellanox paid $811 million for EZchip and Oracle bought Ravello Systems for $500 million 3) Google's London AI powerhouse has set up a new healthcare division and acquired a medical app called Hark 4) Messaging app Telegram surpasses 100 million users, backs Apple on encryption 5) Swedish payments firm Klarna shifts focus to U.S. as revenues swell to $331 million in 2015 6) Powa's woes continue: UK-based tech unicorn collapsed into administration this week and laid off 74 employees 7) Nokia Growth Partners announced a $350 million fund for IoT startups and Israeli VC firm TLV Partners closed a new $115 million fund 8) Spanish tech giant Scytl spin-offs citizen engagement platform with the support of Telefonica Open Future. Both companies will invest a combined €35 million in the project 9) Remember the UK and Italy asking Google to pay a fair amount of taxes? France could be seeking €1.6 billion in back taxes from the search giant 10) European telcos got together in Barcelona this week, asked for level playing field as they battle startups Bonus link: European tech scene begins to feel Silicon Valley's woes The post These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week appeared first on

Is the company behind Apache Spark content providing customers with a hosted development and execution environment, or it is trying to build out an end-to-end solution?

Retailers that tap into customer behavioral data have the opportunity to customize merchandise offers, drive store loyalty and boost sales and profit margins.

News about a Siemens and IBM cooperation, and Google Fiber coming to San Francisco.

Twitter is the public battleground for the remaining candidates as the 2016 presidential race tightens. As campaigns skirmish on social media, one big question looms: Is any of it real?

This IBM Analytics solution for media and entertainment gathers insights from fan analysis and leverages multiple data sources to segment and profile your fans.

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. More than a third of businesses in the United States currently use the cloud, but by 2020 that number is expected to more than double to a whopping 80%. But even though the cloud is secure, it doesn't guarantee immunity from data breaches.

Equipping users with new skills to fully capitalize on technology advancement will be key to unlocking success in today's disruptive digital economy.

Data can help you find, understand and address underlying organizational issues. The first step is understanding the data. The struggle is real Many companies are struggling with the transition to data-centricity as the need to do so grows by the day. Data-centric companies understand that their businesses generate data from customer and internal interactions and that they can leverage that data to spot trends, to take proactive actions and meet customer and internal needs before people realize they need it.

By comparing flash storage side by side, admins can better understand what architectures make the most sense for their particular set of applications.

The US Census makes a number of its databases available to developers via the Census API. One of those databases is the International Data Base, in which the Census department provides historic demographic breakdowns (population by age and sex) for many countries, along with projections through 2050.

List: Adoption isn't always easy but CBR can help to overcome the barriers to adoption.

Beacons are helping retailers bridge the shopper journey across online and offline touchpoints.

Docker's new container management solution promises easier deployment and lifecycle administration for the enterprise.

Capital requirements for banks and financial services organizations are increasing, and it is vital to effectively deploy that capital to ensure appropriate returns are achieved. Measuring returns on capital on a risk-adjusted basis is necessary. Risk-adjusted KPIs and financial data analytics are required to allocate scarce capital efficiently.

Capital requirements for banks and financial services organizations are increasing, and it is vital to effectively deploy that capital to ensure appropriate returns are achieved. Measuring returns on capital on a risk-adjusted basis is necessary. Risk-adjusted KPIs and financial data analytics are required to allocate scarce capital efficiently.

With big data set to grow exponentially in the next decade, telecommunications service providers face several challenges. Here are the top five ways service providers can store, access and analyze their big data for the next 10 years and beyond.

In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.

Nimble's offering can deliver up to 350,000 IOPS at sub-millisecond latency while scaling to an effective capacity of over 2PB in a 12U configuration.

In anticipation of his upcoming keynote conference presentation, Buy or Wait? How the Bunny Predicts When to Buy Your Plane Ticket, at Predictive Analytics World San Francisco, April 3-7, 2016, we asked Dr. Patrick Surry, Chief Data Scientist at Hopper, a few questions about his work in predictive analytics. Q:  In your work with predictive… The post Wise Practitioner – Predictive Analytics Interview Series: Dr. Patrick Surry of Hopper appeared first on Predictive Analytics Times.

In what promises to be a massive big data initiative, the White House yesterday announced a series of government actions and private-sector commitments to better tailor medical care to individual patients. Through what President Obama is calling the Precision Medicine Initiative, the administration is tasking the National Institutes of Health with awarding grants to develop a vast database of volunteer patients that researchers could use to evaluate unique factors such as genetics, health history and lifestyle and develop novel treatment approaches.

600 new enterprise customers help revenue soar under new CEO.

Call it the security conundrum. Business leaders are racing to adopt new IT systems like cloud computing, big data and Internet of things (IoT), and yet at the same time express mounting concerns about the security of sensitive information in those environments. A new survey of more than 1,000 enterprise leaders conducted by 451 Research on behalf of the security vendor Vormetric helps quantify the situation. [ Related: Cybersecurity much more than a compliance exercise ]

For the past three years, digital advertising firm Exponential has correctly predicted the winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards using a model built from its treasure chest of big data on consumers. That would be interesting in most years to film nerds like me. But it's particularly interesting this year, as the ceremony is engulfed in the #OscarSoWhite controversy that has drawn attention to the lack of diversity in nominees. Why? While the prediction model is incredibly complex, drawing on thousands of statistically significant behaviors (more on those in a moment), the prediction for Best Picture also comes down to using all that data to make one, sad, stark determination: Which nominee is most preferred by older white males?

IBM InterConnect 2016 may now be history, but the premier cloud and mobile conference was center stage for a historical abundance of announcements concerning cloud data services, open analytics, cognitive Internet of Things, and more.

Predictive analytics provides real-time insights into your customers, employees and processes, fueling better decisions throughout your business. This presentation gives an overview of how predictive analytics can strengthen four key areas of your business for improved performance and competitive advantage.

A discussion of carrier ethernet rankings according to Vertical Systems Group.

Microsoft has enhanced the holistic agile security platform it touted last November with integrated insights obtained from the company's intelligent security graph and tighter collaboration with industry partners. The changes highlight Microsoft's current approach to enterprise security, which focuses on moving enterprises to cloud platforms to improve overall security. The company announced security features for its cloud offerings, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and SharePoint Online. Along with enhanced security management and reporting capabilities, Microsoft integrated identity protection and threat visualization tools to provide real-time insights and predictive intelligence.

Microsoft is adding a range of new security management and reporting features to its Office 365 and Azure cloud services as part of the company's holistic approach to enterprise security announced last year. In April, the company will release a new product called Microsoft Cloud App Security that will allow customers to gain better visibility, control and security for data hosted in cloud apps like Office 365, Box, SalesForce, ServiceNow and Ariba. The new product is based on technology from Adallom, a cloud access security broker Microsoft acquired in September.

A lightweight version of Glassbeam's IoT software can be used to ingest, parse and analyze unstructured data in close proximity to the embedded device.

A new study hints that perhaps a lot of money spent on cybersecurity is being wasted because it isn't working on certain attacks.

The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) lab today announced a new partnership program that will benefit academic researchers in Europe. It's not just that Facebook will work in lockstep with the academics — Facebook will actually be giving out 25 servers powered with graphics processing units (GPUs), free of charge. "These will be utilized to accelerate research efforts in AI and machine learning.

By Joseph Rickert The ability to generate synthetic data with a specified correlation structure is essential to modeling work. As you might expect, R's toolbox of packages and functions for generating and visualizing data from multivariate distributions is impressive.

Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.

Marketplaces and platforms are the holy grail for every enterprise vendor. Having seen the success of the Apple App Store (and, more latterly, Google Play) in the consumer space, enterprise vendors are racing headfirst to create their own destinations where customers can mix and match services from a number of different independent software vendors (ISVs). Hybris, the SAP division focused on customer-facing solutions, is rolling out its own offering: Hybris as a Service, or YaaS.

APIs can make implementing two-factor authentication a lot simpler for many IT organizations.

Martin Casado's decision to leave VMware was simply a desire to move on and not an indication of turbulence with company strategy, direction or product traction, observers say. Casado announced yesterday that he is leaving his post as executive vice president and general manager of VMware's Networking and Security Business April 1 to become a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Casado joined VMware in 2012 with its acquisition of Nicira, an SDN start-up Casado co-founded and Andreessen Horowitz funded.

The digital revolution is changing how presidential campaigns reach and activate voters. New research breaks down the $16.5 billion that campaigns will spend for the 2016 election.

The success you achieve with your analytics strategy depends on the foundation you lay at the outset. Learn how you can prepare yourself–and your patients–for success by adopting a data model that helps you make the most of your data.

Considering that we are increasingly using lithium ion batteries, we should remind ourselves that this technology needs to be treated respectfully.

Like well-coordinated teams in the NBA, today's insurers need a comprehensive set of analytics tools to shut down fraudsters who perpetrate costly, insidious claims fraud. Discover how to assemble your own dream team of analytics and forensic tools to help your insurance organization emerge triumphant over fraudulent activity.

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