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Lifting the Fog of Spark Adoption

Lifting the Fog of Spark Adoption

If you’re stymied by the prospect of deploying Spark for the first time, Craig Lukasic, senior solution ...

Microsoft Eyes Hybrid Cloud Shift With Azure Stack

Microsoft Eyes Hybrid Cloud Shift With Azure Stack

Microsoft is zeroing in on the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments with an Azure cloud-based platform ...

Giving Businesses Access to the World’s No. 2 Supercomputer for ‘the Intractable Problem’

Giving Businesses Access to the World’s No. 2 Supercomputer for ‘the In...

If you’ve blown through the limitations of a cluster that can’t handle your modeling workloads, Oak Ridge ...

Canada’s CPAC Leverages DDN Storage Tech for Ballooning Data and News Content

Canada’s CPAC Leverages DDN Storage Tech for Ballooning Data and News Con...

For the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), the C-SPAN of Canada, 2015 posed two major challenges – ...


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Application container rivals CoreOS and Docker each released "production ready" versions of their platforms this week as the expanding container ecosystem moves to button down secure distribution of enterprise applications at scale. Industry leader Docker released the latest version of its application container platform on Thursday (Feb. 4) focusing on across-the-board container orchestration and improved networking capabilities along with ... Full article
As the pharmaceutical industry moves from the era of “blockbuster” drug discovery (developing a single drug that targets large numbers of people with a particular disease) to the era of personalized medicine (tailoring drugs to the unique physiology of individual patients), so too has come growth in the use of big data analytics and digital drug design by the ... Full article
IBM is expanding its Bluemix cloud development platform with a heavy dose of data analytics tools designed to integrate data services into a growing number of hybrid cloud deployments. The new services that include a open source graph database service also reflect IBM's investment in other open source analytics tools like Apache Spark. Along with new graph database and ... Full article
The most powerful computer systems in the world reside in the public sector – principally, at federally funded supercomputer centers. Yet some of the most demanding workload requirements reside in the private sector. Bridging the gap between the two – finding better ways to get advanced scale computing into the hands of commercial organizations – is the focus of ... Full article
It didn't take long for dents to appear in the proposed E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield. The trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement designed to replaced a 15-year-old Safe Harbor arrangement struck down last fall drew immediate criticism on both sides of the pond. European Union officials announced the deal on Tuesday (Feb. 2), days after negotiators missed an earlier deadline. The tentative ... Full article
If you’re stymied by the prospect of deploying Spark for the first time, Craig Lukasic, senior solution architect at Zaloni, offers tips and insights for overcoming some of the common misperceptions and barriers to successful Spark implementations. Below is an excerpt from an article that appears in full here at our sister publication Datanami. Clients are often confused about ... Full article
European regulators announced a framework agreement on Tuesday (Feb. 2) on trans-Atlantic data transfers that would require U.S. companies importing personal data from Europe to "commit to robust obligations on how personal data is processed and individual rights are guaranteed." Despite the breakthrough Safe Harbor deal after months of haggling, legal challenges are expected. Moreover, the 28 members of the ... Full article
Video streaming and emerging concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT) are beginning to overwhelm datacenters. For networking providers, that's proving to be a good thing as growing demand for data services are lighting up "dark" fiber optic lines installed over the last decade. Indeed, a telecommunications industry forecast notes that cloud computing, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and big data ... Full article
Targeting large in-memory Java computing implementations, Sunnyvale-based Azul Systems is releasing a new version of Zing, its scalable Java Virtual Machine for enterprise applications that includes a whopping in-memory heap size of 2TBs per Java instance, which Azul claims leads other Java runtime solutions. Whether it’s real-time data analytics, high frequency trading or a travel reservations e-commerce platform, Howard ... Full article
Microsoft is zeroing in on the steady shift to hybrid cloud deployments with an Azure cloud-based platform that would allow customers to deliver Azure services from their own datacenters. The company (NASDAQ: MSFT) unveiled a technical preview of its Microsoft Azure Stack this week, calling it the "next phase of its hybrid cloud strategy." (The preview was scheduled to ... Full article
If you’ve blown through the limitations of a cluster that can’t handle your modeling workloads, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan system is the stuff dreams are made of. Number two on the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, Titan is a Cray XK7 system equipped with tens of thousands of AMD Opteron CPUs and NVIDIA Kepler GPUs, ... Full article
Corporations are often looking for ways to automate their operations to save money as a way to "lower overhead." Software, rather than hiring another worker, is usually seen as the most cost-effective way to run an organization. According to a new report, that approach is increasingly a waste of money. The report released this week by software license optimization ... Full article
The convergence of the hyper-convergers continues with infrastructure specialist Pivot3's deal to acquire flash array startup NexGen Storage Inc. Privately held NexGen, Louisville, Colo., was spun out a year ago from SanDisk Corp. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The boards of both companies approved the acquisition, which is expected to close next month. Pivot3, Austin, Texas, said ... Full article
Aiming to augment its virtualized platform for cyber defense with what it calls an "intelligence-led approach" to cyber security, FireEye Inc. has completed its acquisition of privately-held iSight Partners, a leading provider of cyber threat intelligence. The acquisition announced last week also combines the expertise of Mandiant, a unit of FireEye (NASDAQ: FEYE), with iSight's more than 250 cyber ... Full article
For the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), the C-SPAN of Canada, 2015 posed two major challenges – one of them data intensive, the other operational. On the data side, CPAC’s data management and storage infrastructure was nearing capacity, in part because CPAC was transitioning from standard definition viewing format to the denser high definition format. Operationally, CPAC was tasked ... Full article
Industry consolidation around an emerging application container ecosystem gained momentum this week with Docker Inc.'s acquisition of U.K.-based Unikernel Systems, a developer of lightweight operating systems used to deliver distributed applications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but San Francisco-based Docker said Thursday (Jan. 21) Unikernel Systems developers would continue contributing to several open source unikernel projects. Based ... Full article
Just as we’re becoming acclimated to the brave new world of driverless cars, driverless tractors and other agricultural robots will, in the not too distant future, harvest the food we put on our kitchen tables. In fact, agricultural automation – in the form of driverless farm machinery, drone crop dusters, automated milking systems and other emerging technologies – offers ... Full article
In-memory computing specialist Hazelcast Inc. rolled out the latest version of its "data grid" that includes support for new cloud management and application container deployments along with a higher density memory store for web-scale application deployments. Hazelcast, Palo Alto, Calif., said Thursday (Jan. 21) its version 3.6 release upgrades the performance and functionality of its in-memory data grid designed ... Full article
Global economic turmoil is prompting some IT executives to hedge their bets in the new year as they monitor China's slowdown while trying to divine whether stock markets are undergoing a "correction" or something worse. Among those taking a cautious approach while continuing to expand is IT automation specialist Puppet Labs. The high-flying company said Wednesday (Jan. 20) its ... Full article
2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired for buying IBM’ it ... Full article





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