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Big-Data-News
By | July 7th, 2016 | Big Data News

Big Data News: Talend files for IPO, Big Data in the UK, Manufacturing, and Education

Talend joins the early wave of Big Data companies seeking financing from the public market.  A UK Parliamentarian ponders the benefits and perils of Big Data, while Forbes seeks a better forecasting method in the wake of Brexit.  Stanford University weighs the ethical concerns of using Big Data to manage student retention, while Georgia Tech creates a new data engineering institute.

realtime-blog
By | June 14th, 2016 | Altiscale Data Cloud

The Real Time Is Now! Announcing the Altiscale Insight Cloud Real-Time Edition

Back in March, we took on the challenge of making Big Data accessible to a broader range of users with the launch of the Altiscale Insight Cloud. Through a combination of pre-integrated components and user-friendly interfaces, we delivered a set of self-service ingestion, transformation, and analytic capabilities into the hands of business users, allowing them to obtain value more quickly and easily from powerful tools like Hadoop and Spark.

node-group-blog
By | June 9th, 2016 | Hadoop

How to Identify and Resolve Hadoop NodeGroup Performance Problems Part 2.1: NodeGroup Performance on Containerized Clusters

In the earlier part of this series, we discovered how to achieve similar performance across hardware clusters on the NodeGroup. Then, we started to experiment with NodeGroup on Docker containerized clusters. This blog post builds on the previous two posts in the series of Hadoop NodeGroup Performance to discuss how to identify and resolve Hadoop NodeGroup performance problems.

Big-Data-News
By | June 8th, 2016 | Big Data News

Big Data News: Health and Public Safety, Sentiment Analysis, Fixing Education

Big Data helps with airline pricing, university management, climate change, identifying gender bias, and tiger conservation. Big Data holds promise for Smart Cities, with Dallas as a testing ground. Better data integration helps musicians get paid in the new digital economy. However, Capgemini finds that most Big Data projects aren’t yet profitable (the big factor – whether or not there’s an executive sponsor). Bloomberg looks for more signal in the noise, and Quartz wonders if all of this data is really a liability.

documentation
By | May 20th, 2016 | Documentation

Altiscale Documentation for Hadoop and Spark

In the Wild West that is Big Data, new features are made available at a relentless pace. In 2015, for example, Apache Spark had four releases with hundred of new capabilities. How can you stay on top of the latest developments of Hadoop, Spark, and other platform capabilities at Altiscale? It’s easy. Read the fabulous manual. The Altiscale technical writing team prides itself on providing clear, straightforward direction to ensure that you quickly have the understanding that you need to be successful with Big Data. We have even run into people at conferences who have said, “Oh, you’re from Altiscale? You have the best Hadoop documentation around. I can actually understand it.”

forrester
By | May 11th, 2016 | Awards

Independent Research Firm Recognizes Altiscale as a Strong Performer in Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions report

For many years, Hadoop has been mostly deployed on-premises. Starting this past year, however, a majority of enterprises now report that they are looking to the cloud as the best place to experience Big Data, due to its superior cost model and scalability, and as their concerns about cloud security are being rapidly overcome. Now, Forrester Research has come out with “The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016,”and we are delighted to report that Altiscale is recognized as a Strong Performer among the eight Hadoop as a Service  providers evaluated.

Big-Data-News
By | May 4th, 2016 | Big Data News

Big Data News: Hadoop at American Express, Big Data and the CMO, the genomist, and the expert traveler

American Express talks to Forbes about its Big Data journey, which serves as a textbook case for the trials and tribulations of on-premises Hadoop deployment.  SQL on Hadoop continues its evolution and grows in demand, while Kafka has its first summit of its own.  And how can Big Data help you avoid being kidnapped in Bogota? There’s actually an app for that.