By Cassandra Balentine
From March 31 to April 2, 2014, BZ Media LLC hosted the third BigData TechCon in Cambridge, MA. The event presented a variety of sessions and tutorials designed for IT and big data professionals including business analysts, developers, software architects, data scientists, and project managers.
Key topics covered at the event included practical Hadoop training, classes on MapReduce, R, Hive, and Pig. Seminars took deep dives into the world of NoSQL databases and educated attendees on mastering Mongo DB and Cassandra.
Exhibiting Big Data Solutions
In addition to many informative educational sessions, an associated exposition provided a great networking experience. The following companies were on hand to discuss their products in detail.
Actian is dedicated to transforming big data into business value. The software architecture of the Actian Analytics Platform delivers performance on off-the-shelf hardware, overcoming key technical and economic barriers to the broad adoption of big data. Actian also makes Hadoop enterprise-grade by providing high-performance ELT, visual design, and SQL analytics on Hadoop without the need for MapReduce skills.
Actuate provides software to more than three million BIRT developers and OEMs who build scalable, secure solutions that save time and improve brand experience by delivering personalized analytics and insights to more than 200 million customers, partners, and employees.
Aerospike offers the first flash-optimized, in-memory NoSQL database for revenue-critical, real-time context-driven applications that personalize the customer experience across Web, mobile, search, social, video, and email channels throughout the Internet.
Arista Networks, Inc. delivers software-driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and computing environments. The company’s 10/40/100 GbE switches redefine scalability, robustness, and price performance, with more than 2,000 customers and two million cloud networking ports deployed worldwide. At the core of Arista’s platform is the EOS network operating system.
Basho Technologies is the creator and developer of Riak, a distributed database—sometimes categorized as a NOSQL database—that provides extreme high-availability, fault-tolerance, and operational simplicity; and Riak CS, a cloud-based object storage system that sits on top of Riak. The solution has gained adoption throughout the Fortune 100 and has become foundational to many of the world’s fastest growing Web-based, mobile, and social networking applications, as well as cloud service providers offering public, private, and hybrid solutions.
BlueMetal is an interactive design and technology architecture firm dedicated to matching the most experienced consultants in the industry to challenging business and technical problems faced by its clients. The company enables companies to gather, store, and analyze data to glean meaningful insights for business users. It provides enterprise data architectures, data performance solutions, data marts and warehousing, cloud data solutions, collaborative business intelligence, and data mobility and synchronization.
Darwin Ecosystem, LLC is an information technology company that designs and builds solutions for aggregating and correlating the big data of current and trending human expressions. The company launched tweetzup.com at the conference. As its name implies, tweetzup aggregates and converts the large quantities of information contained within the data of human expressions found in Twitter.
Dataguise offers security, compliance, and protective intelligence for big data. The company serves a range of enterprises, including financial services, healthcare, high tech, government, and other industries, offering discovery, data masking, encryption, and intelligence for sensitive data within Hadoop and other big data environments.
FairCom provides high-performance, engineering-level database technology that empowers developers to meet specific data management requirements. Its flagship product, c-treeACE, provides the most robust solution for ISAM and SQL, allowing developers to enjoy the optimal mix of each technology’s unique performance and ease of data sharing benefits.
Fujifilm showcased its Dternity file migratory solution for transitioning inactive files from Windows file servers to network archive or the cloud in order to free up server storage capacity for active data.
Hitachi Data Systems was on hand to discuss how it drives real-time decisions with the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform for the SAP HANA Platform. The two organizations have built on their strategic partnership, which was formed nearly 20 years ago, to provide analytics solutions for the enterprise. With it, organizations can eliminate barriers and enjoy fast, informed decision processing with SAP HANA software running on the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Select for the SAP HANA Platform.
HP Vertica offers its Analytics Platform 7 “Crane,”which enables users to accelerate business value from an expanded variety of data by simplifying the exploration and analysis of semi-structured and dark data.
Informatica Corporation is an independent provider of data integration software. The company helps organizations worldwide to maximize the return on data and drive top business imperatives.
MindStream Analytics LLC is a consulting and managed services firm focused on helping clients improve business understanding and decision making. Primary focus areas are business performance management, business intelligence, and business analytics.
NuoDB provides a cloud database management system to help businesses solve challenges with application deployments, maintaining business continuity, and application performance. The company provides scale-out performance, continuous availability, and active/active operation. It is a single, logical database that is easily deployed in multiple locations simultaneously.
Pentaho is dedicated to delivering the future of business analytics. The company’s open source heritage drives continued innovation in a modern, integrated, embeddable platform built for the future of analytics, including diverse and big data requirements. Powerful business analytics are made easy with Pentaho’s cost-effective suite for data access, visualization, integration, analysis, and mining.
SAP offers real-time data intelligence through SAP HANA and Intel distribution of Apache Hadoop for SAP Software. SAP and Intel have collaborated to optimize the performance and security of an enterprise-class Hadoop solution. The Intel Distribution is unique in providing an enhanced level of security and manageability to complement SAP HANA. Together, the two companies provide an enterprise-ready software stack that scales to support extreme volumes of data from sensors, Web blogs, call records, and other unstructured data sources. It enables real-time analytics across all data sources while providing enterprise-class support for security, compliance, and manageability.
Sqrrl powers secure, scalable big data applications. Founded in 2012 by the creators of Apache Accumulo, the company is rooted in the U.S. Intelligence Community. Sqrrl Enterprise is a NoSQL database designed to power real-time big data applications. The solution extends the capabilities of Accumulo with additional data ingest, security, and analytical features.
Sripathi Solutions Corp is led by a team of accomplished technical leaders with more than 16 years experience in effectively managing demands of complex projects, developing integrated solutions, and leading globally dispersed teams. Among its offerings, the company specializes in enabling industrial strength IBM SOA and middleware/connectivity line of products; thought leadership in designing and implementing Service Governance, service management, service lifecycles, service federation, service monitoring, service identification, service versioning, service metering, service enforcement, and proven architectural patterns; helping organizations adopt SOA governance, SOA best practices, cloud implementation and integrating with cloud platforms, and using proven architectural integration patterns; and building APIs to sustain high performance and low latency by taking advantage of advanced cloud computing and elasticity of system resources and virtualization.
Talend lets organizations unlock all of their data, including historical, live, and emerging. Through native support of the modern big data platforms, the company’s zero footprint solution takes the complexity out of integration and equips IT to be more responsive to the demands of the business at a predictable cost.
Texifier, LLC is a company based on text analysis research by the founder of QDAP-Pitt, Dr. Stuart Shulman. It offers several commercial- and enterprise-class solutions designed to improve efficiency by streamlining the process of sorting large amounts of unstructured text. Solutions include DiscoverText, SIFTER, CloudExplorer, FOIA Toolkit, and PCAT.
Tokutek is a performance database company delivering big data capabilities to leading open source data management platforms. The company’s technology allows customers to build a new class of applications that handle unprecedented amounts of incoming data and scale with the data processing needs of the future. Tokutek applies patented Fractual Tree indexing to increase MySQL performance and MongoDB performance, decrease database size, and minimize downtime.
usp lab. is dedicated to solving organization’s IT systems with small kits. The kits are original shell commands derived from UNIX philosophy. The company uses shell scripts to develop information systems.
Big Data Education
Big data provides unlimited possibilities across every vertical industry. Educational exhibitions and conferences such as the BigData TechCon enable organizations to connect with experts to determine the next step to obtaining actionable intelligence out of their business data.
If you missed the East Coast rendition of the conference, BZ Media hosts the 4th BigData TechCon in San Francisco,CA this October 27 to 29, 2014. SW
Apr2014, Software Magazine