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Cleversafe provides dispersed storage solutions that give infinite scale and cost-effective data storage/protection/access. Apache Hadoop and the CDH4 distribution provides all the required software for implementing MapReduce and the other chores associated with analysis over massive quantities of data. What if these two capabilities could be combined in a smart, well engineered way? The potential impact on analysis of Big Data capabilities would be huge if this were to happen. Cleversafe engineers have been working on this very thing and today are announcing a dispersed storage solution can run Hadoop. This  is way cool. I had an opportunity to speak with Cleversafe’s VP of Product Strategy, Russ Kennedy and their Director of Federal Solutions, Bobby Caudill about this announcement. Here is what I took away from the conversation: This new ability to combine computat... (more)

Ellen Degeneres Should Go Open Source

By the way, if Ellen Degeneres wants to respond in a reasonable and constructive way to the lawsuits over her use of song snippets to dance to, she could always start using Creative Commons-licensed music, with a nice plug for the open-hearted musicians making our lives more tuney. ... (more)

Fast Track To Hadoop

As a former enterprise CTO and current technology watcher, I was struck at the incredible brilliance of yesterday’s announcement by Dell and Cloudera. In a move that will help enterprises of all sizes serve a very wide range of missions, those two organizations have announced a new relationship that will enable something that has never really existed before. Enterprises can now buy a Hadoop-centric solution that has been validated from end-to-end and is available from a single vendor. And they can do this on systems that have hardware designed for performing Big Data analytics. Since their formation, Cloudera has been working to bring clarity and unity and support to the entire stack of software around Apache Hadoop. A key benefit of the Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) is that it makes enterprise support in production environments possible. Every ... (more)

Tell Your Children to Learn Hadoop

I spent some time last week with several vendors and users of Hadoop, the formless data repository that is the current favorite of many dot coms and the darling of the data nerds. It was instructive. Moms and Dads, tell your kids to start learning this technology now. The younger the better. I still know relatively little about the Hadoop ecosystem, but it is a big tent and getting bigger. To grok it, you have to cast aside several long-held tech assumptions. First, that you know what you are looking for when you build your databases: Hadoop encourages pack rats to store every log entry, every Tweet, every Web transaction, and other Internet flotsam and jetsam. The hope is that one day some user will come with a question that can’t be answered in any way other than to comb through this morass. Who needs to spend months on requirements documents and data dictionaries ... (more)

Hadoop Security: Internal or External? Why Not Both!?

I saw a conversation today on Twitter that asked why we don’t just embed proper security into Hadoop instead of suggesting the API gateway approach to Hadoop security that my colleague Blake proposed.  The same could be asked about any number of applications and services, but the bottom line is that we believe that a two-pronged approach is best. Internally, we have dramatically improved Hadoop’s security capabilities via Project Rhino.  This enables best security practices like encryption at rest, which cannot be implemented anywhere else.  We are also working to standardize the authorization framework and implement token based authentication with single sign-on.  These are all core capabilities that absolutely need to be added to Hadoop’s code base. The gateway approach addresses something else – the API layer.  While I agree that any application should protect ag... (more)

Who is REALLY on Twitter?

Social media has become an integral part of our PR campaigns at BLASTmedia, especially Twitter. Clients often ask us, "Who is using Twitter and why should it matter to us?" eMarketer recently published an article that answers both of those questions, and many more. Want to know the demographics and usage habits of the microblogging crowd? Read this article! Here are a few highlights: More than one-half of all Twitter users (53%) are women, and the majority are young. 75% of all Twitter activity comes from just 5% of users. Not surprisingly, the more followers a user has, the more that person tweets. ... (more)

Open Source Mobile Cloud Sync and Push Email

Funambol, the leading provider of open source mobile cloud sync and push email for billions of phones, today announced that its new version 8 software is generally available. Funambol v8 makes it easy to keep the data and content on billions of mobile phones in sync with social networks, email systems and personal computers via the Internet cloud. Funambol v8 has a completely redesigned AJAX web portal. The portal's striking interface makes it simple for users to access mobile data and rich media in the cloud, using any modern browser "With the exploding popularity of smartphones, people are carrying more of their lives on their phones than ever before," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "People increasingly expect to access their data and content in the cloud and other systems. The new Funambol Portal makes it super easy to access mobile data and content, any... (more)

Big Data & Analytics – What's New?

A friend of mine from my IBM days (an expert in Data Warehousing, BI, etc.) told me about the Hadoop conference he attended in San Jose few weeks back. When he attended the same conference two years ago in New York, there were hardly 200 attendees whereas this time, the number exceeded 2000 and it was a sold out event. This just proves how fast Hadoop has generated interest. He said that one theme in every presentation was the need for Hadoop skills as almost every presentation had a slide, “we are hiring”. Hadoop offers a massively scalable data management and analysis environment that can handle many different data types without the complicated transformation and schema changes required to load diverse data into a conventional RDBMS. Remember the days of ETL (Extraction, Transformation, Loading) when data massaging and cleansing preceded the creation of the Data ... (more)

Big Data Contributes to Public Safety: Hadoop for Law Enforcement

CTOlabs.com, a subsidiary of the technology research, consulting and services firm Crucial Point LLC and a peer site of CTOvision.com, has just published a white paper providing context and use cases on Hadoop For Law Enforcement, an important mission-focused domain ripe for the application of more Big Data solutions. From the report: Big Data, the data too large and complex for your current information infrastructure to store and analyze, has changed every sector in government and industry. Today’s sensors and devices produce an overwhelming amount of information that is often unstructured, and solutions developed to handle Big Data now allowing us to track more information and run more complex analytics to gain a level of insight once thought impossible. The dominant Big Data solution is the Apache Hadoop ecosystem which provides an open source platform for reli... (more)

Shrink-Url – Use PowerShell To Shrink Your Urls

Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the short URL to the original URL and issue a HTTP Redirect back to your browser to send you off to the original long url website. So, what’s a guy, or gal, to do if they want to set their status programmatically on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or the other gazillion social networking sites ... (more)

Cloudera KK to Help Spur Hadoop Adoption in APAC Region

"We believe that the presence of Cloudera KK will significantly propel Hadoop deployments and its application in Big Data forward in Japan," said Mr. Hiroshi Endo, Sr. VP Senior Executive Manager System Platforms Sector, NTT DATA, as Cloudera today announced that it has established a Japanese subsidiary, and an office in Japan.  To provide Hadoop enterprise support services in Japan, Cloudera KK is working with NTT DATA and Nippon Steel Solutions Corporation.  "We are excited to work closely together to deliver superior support services and solutions for enterprises, and also to promote open source software such as Apache Hadoop-based solutions," Endo continued. "NTT DATA looks forward to the global development of the Hadoop platform. By partnering with the industry leader, Cloudera, we are able to address the growing demand of enterprise customers for a more effectiv... (more)