In the US, more money is spent on healthcare – about $3.2 trillion last year – than in any other discrete segment of the economy. By some estimates, that is about $600 billion more than should be spent, given the country’s size and wealth. These costs are pummeling consumers and their employers around the world.
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Does this sound disturbing? You try to reach a particular website only to find the site is down. But it’s not that simple. You try another site – also not reachable. And another and another… You look to social media for in-the-moment reports about what’s happening and while you are reading about a huge swath of the country under cyber attack, that social media site goes out, too.
The healthcare industry, perhaps more than any other, is on the brink of a major transformation through the use of advanced analytics and big data technologies. In this post, we’re going to talk about 5 big data trends in healthcare for 2017.
Today we took a big step in our convergence vision by announcing the MapR Converged Data Platform for Docker, which includes the MapR Persistent Application Client Container (PACC). This is noteworthy because the new generation of converged applications is as much about deploying operational, user-facing applications as performing analytics and machine learning, and containers are the future of application deployment.
I am proud to say it has been an incredible year for MapR. The company continues to prosper; we delivered record year over year revenue growth, added many new customers to the MapR family, and continue to experience high levels of customer satisfaction and retention.
There's big potential locked away in your big data. If you can tap into it strategically, you can reap countless benefits, from increased productivity to greater profitability. You'll have a deeper understanding of your customers, better visibility into your operations, the insight you need to engage in better planning and decision making, and improved agility to respond to market and competitive shifts.
There’s a line in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that says, “It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Some days, I feel that way about my storage infrastructures as well. I fell down a particular rabbit-hole into storage management accidentally almost 20 years ago. The typical application I supported was a database platform. With a monolithic app running on one very large server, we obviously used one very large storage array that, while slightly more modular, still had its configuration limitations.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President of Data and Applications at MapR, explains how the MapR Converged Data Platform opens up the use of containers to the big data environment such that you can access data directly, thus taking advantage of otherwise under utilized assets.
In this week’s Whiteboard Walkthrough Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR, provides some pointers for building better machine learning models, including the advantages of data streams and microservices style design in the example of a credit card fraud detector, the need for metrics, and how reconstruction of data from an auto-encoder can serve as a figure of merit that helps identify good models.
MapR and SAP share a common belief and vision about making big data analytics enterprise- ready, both at the platform and compute engine layer. In that regard, we are pleased to integrate and support SAP HANA Vora 1.3 and believe that it offers a complete solution for all types of big data analytic use cases.
There's one important question on everyone's mind these days: "With all this information at our disposal, how do we leverage it in more strategic ways?" The most effective way to guarantee high returns on the massive amounts of structured and unstructured information you generate and store is to make sure it is used by and shared with as many stakeholders as possible.
In this week’s Whiteboard Walkthrough, Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR, describes advantages of MapR Converged Data Platform and how they work in the cloud. With files, tables and streams engineered into the same technology, MapR has particular advantages for multi-tenancy in the cloud including common pathnames and common security.
This blog post is the second in a series based on the ebook The Six Elements of Securing Big Data by security expert and thought leader Davi Ottenheimer (Read Part 1). In his book, Davi outlines the rationale and key challenges of securing big data systems and applications, and he’s included some terrific anecdotes to make the entire book a quick and insightful read.
In this Whiteboard Walkthrough, MapR Chief Application Architect, Ted Dunning, explains how special capabilities such as mirroring, bi-directional stream and table replication and control of data locality make MapR particularly effective in cloud computing, whether you use cloud-to-cloud clusters or a hybrid of cloud and on-premise. Ted also explains how cloud bursting is a useful strategy for elastic work loads.
The last decade has ushered in a perfect storm of disruption for the financial services sector – arguably the most data-intensive sector of the global economy. As a result, companies in this sector are caught in a vice.
There is no denying it – we live in The Age of the Customer. Consumers all over the world are now digitally empowered, and they have the means to decide which businesses will succeed and grow, and which ones will fail. As a result, most savvy businesses now understand that they must be customer-obsessed to succeed.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough video, Sameer Nori, Senior Product Marketing Manager at MapR Technologies, compares a traditional data warehouse or MPP database versus a modern data lake. Sameer explains the advantages in data agility and data exploration you get with a data lake, and how you can complement an existing data warehouse deployment.
The field of data science is one of the youngest and most exciting fields in the technology sector. In no other industry or field can you combine statistics, data analysis, research, and marketing to do jobs that help businesses make the digital transformation and come to full digital maturity.
According to IDC, the big data market, including services such as analytics, is expected to reach nearly $50 billion by 2019. Luckily for Quantium, data is in its DNA. Australia’s largest analytics business is happily riding the coattails of the booming global big data industry.
This blog post is the second in a series based on the ebook, “BI & Analytics on a Data Lake” by Sameer Nori and Jim Scott. In their book, they discuss how BI and analytics are being paired with big data, and how the impact of this union promises to be a disruptive game-changer.
As I discussed in my presentation at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Florida, digital transformation is a key topic for business leaders today. While the impact of digital transformation is easily understood what is less clear are the steps to effectively pursue a digital transformation -- and the three keys to ensure successful digital transformation.
This blog post is the first in a series based on the ebook The Definitive Guide to BI and Analytics on a Data Lake by Sameer Nori and Jim Scott. Their book examines the promise, potential, and significant dynamics of analytics and BI on the big data platform.
MapR is pleased to support our partner Cisco with today’s UCS S-Series launch. The Cisco UCS S-Series consists of storage-optimized servers configured for scale-out storage (both Software Defined Storage and Web-Scale Storage with MapR).
Do you remember the first time you encountered a self-service checkout terminal in the supermarket? I do. My first reaction was to ask what incentives the store was going to give me for being my own cashier? Discounts? Coupons? Surely I wasn’t expected to do someone else’s job for free.
Do you remember the first time you encountered a self-service checkout terminal in the supermarket? I do. My first reaction was to ask what incentives the store was going to give me for being my own cashier? Discounts? Coupons? Surely I wasn’t expected to do someone else’s job for free.
As the famous quote attributed to George Santayana goes, ‘Those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it.’ In business today, history is often locked away in data generated months or years earlier.
Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Now are just the beginning. When it comes to getting things done, machines are increasingly edging humans out of the equation. Big data and analytics are at the core of what some people are calling the “bot revolution.”
Business intelligence (BI), which is one of the oldest concepts in data processing, is undergoing a radical reinvention. The concept has already evolved considerably since it first gained popularity in the early 1990s (and particularly since its first mention in the Cyclopædia of Commercial and Business Anecdotes in 1865!).
This year is the first where Gartner has not included big data in any of their hype cycles. "I would not consider big data to be an emerging technology," says Burton. While this news will not affect the NASDAQ or how many artisan bagel shops there are in the SF Bay Area, it is an interesting indicator.
Much has been written about the power of big data collections to enable the 360 view of our customers, our business, our employees, and our processes. When our numerous disparate heterogeneous data collections are aggregated and joined in the data lake, with appropriate data tagging and data discovery tools in place (such as Apache Drill), then we can reach for that ideal: the 360 view of our domain!
To be honest with you, I had no idea what big data was about three months ago when I started as an intern at MapR. I remember spending my first week trying to understand what it all meant and explaining to my friends and family what a converged data platform was.
This week I attended my sixth Strata + Hadoop World. Actually, in the beginning they were two separate shows, but the evolution since has been more than the combining, or convergence if you will, of the two shows. The first shows were attended almost exclusively by technologists looking to learn and understand new big data technologies, especially Hadoop.
With the rapid expansion of smart phones and other connected mobile devices, communications service providers (CSPs) need to rapidly process, store, and derive insights from the diverse volume of data travelling across their networks. Big data analytics can help CSPs improve profitability by optimizing network services/usage, enhancing customer experience, and improving security.
MapR is pleased to announce support for event-driven microservices on the MapR Converged Data Platform. In this blog post, I’d like to explain what this means, and how it fits into our bigger idea of “convergence.” Microservices are simple, single-purpose applications that work in unison via lightweight communications, such as data streams. They allow you to more easily manage segmented efforts to build, integrate, and coordinate your applications in ways that have traditionally been impossible with monolithic applications.
When I first started my internship, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew the basics—MapR was a big data company, I was a technical marketing intern, and I would be doing quite a bit of competitive analysis. I originally found the position while searching for marketing internships in the Bay Area, and this one in particular popped out at me when I read the job description, since it intertwined my interest in marketing with my hope of getting some experience in the tech industry.
This blog post is the first in a series based on the ebook The Six Elements of Securing Big Data by security expert and thought leader Davi Ottenheimer. In his book, Davi outlines the rationale and key challenges of securing big data systems and applications. He does so using some great anecdotes and with good humor, making the book a good read whether you’re a white/grey/black hat, cyber superhero, or even if you’re not a security expert at all.
Six months ago, we launched the Converge Community in order to provide a seamless way for Hadoop and Spark developers, data analysts, and administrators to engage in technical discussions and share expertise that furthers the advancement of the big data community as a whole.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Ellen Friedman, Solutions Consultant at MapR, describes what happens when certain fundamental big data capabilities are engineered together as a part of the same technology. This brief overview compares the converged data platform as a foundation for big data projects versus building solutions on a base of separate pieces.
It’s not just a concern when ordering coffee. Something similar can happen as we investigate new and innovative big data technologies and techniques. I used the cappuccino example in a talk I presented recently at the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in London. The talk, titled “Building Better Cross Team Communication,” highlighted the importance of identifying and addressing the difference in how each side thinks the world works when two groups that have different experience and skills come together.
With stories of the thefts of millions of credit card records and sensitive employee data at some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies dominating recent headlines, it’s not surprising that organizations are doubling down on security. Security is finally starting to get top management’s attention.
Dale Kim, Sr. Director of Industry Solutions at MapR, describes the monitoring capabilities of the MapR Converged Data Platform, which easily give you a single view of all cluster operations. Leveraging popular open source technologies, the monitoring system is customizable and extensible to address the challenges of your big data deployment requirements.
With the increasing amount of information that we use daily, technology is only becoming more and more important in everything we do. And businesses are seeing this at much greater scale than we do as consumers. There are many great examples of this in just about every industry.
Apache Spark is becoming very popular and widely used in the big data community. There are several reasons for Spark getting such rapid traction. These include its in-memory processing capabilities, support for a wide range of engines for various use cases such as streaming, machine learning, and SQL, and the ability to develop in multiple languages such as Python and Scala.
In this week’s Whiteboard Walkthrough Part I, Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR, explains the key capabilities required of a streaming platform in the context of micro-services and the advantages they offer.
In this week’s Whiteboard Walkthrough Part II, Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR, talks about the design freedom gained by adopting a micro-services architecture based on streaming data. When you move – one step at a time - from an old style architecture that suffers from too much dependence on a shared global state database to a stream-based flow architecture, the isolation between micro-services results in reduced strain on the original database, improved flexibility and often speed.
“Big Data” is no longer a buzzword. Businesses big and small that don’t invest now in big data technologies risk getting left behind as the marketplace becomes more and more data-driven. In fact, a recent McKinsey and Company report suggested that companies that invest in big data and analytics consistently outperform their peers in both productivity and revenue.
Within this post you will see mention of message-driven architectures. This is in short a subset of a service oriented architecture (SOA). This has been around for many years and is a very popular model. What you will find going through this post is that the foundational message-driven architecture is more competitive to the concepts of the enterprise service bus (ESB).
I was at the annual Hadoop Summit in San Jose last week. As usual, the MapR booth was buzzing with big data enthusiasts and experts alike. We showcased demos that spanned multiple topics including multi-cluster Hadoop monitoring using Grafana and Kibana (as part of our new Spyglass Initiative), IoT stream analysis using MapR Streams and Spark Streaming, and self-service big data analytics using Apache Drill.
Today we are proud to announce the Spyglass Initiative focused on easy management, deep visibility and full control. With this first release, MapR Monitoring empowers administrators with cluster monitoring capabilities, including metric and log collection from nodes, services and jobs, and dashboards.
Customers are flocking to Spark as their primary compute engine for big data use cases, and we received further proof of this last week when we ran an “Ask Us Anything about Spark” forum in the Converge Community. There were some great discussions that took place, where our Spark experts answered questions from customers and partners.
Streaming data can be used as a long-term auditable history when you choose a messaging system with persistence, but is this approach practical in terms of the cost of storing years of data at scale? The answer is “yes”, particularly because of the way topic partitions are handled in MapR Streams. Here’s how it works.
Is there a case to be made for big data for security analytics? The answer is an unqualified “yes.” In fact CSO Magazine called cyber security “the killer app” for big data analytics.
There’s been a lot of buzz and high expectations in the big data community around Apache Spark 2.0 and how it will impact the development of data pipelines, streaming applications, machine learning algorithms and all of the other use cases that Apache Spark is enabling.
In the beginning was data. How do we know this? Because many (if not all) creation stories from all cultures were essentially developed as an explanation of the world as observed by humans.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Ellen Friedman, a consultant at MapR, talks about how to design a system to handle real-time applications, but also how to take advantage of streaming data beyond those in the moment insights.
Apache Spark, a powerful general purpose engine for processing large amounts of data, has seen a rapid increase in its adoption since its release. Recognizing its impact very early on, MapR has supported and invested in Spark as part of our Hadoop distribution to enable enterprises to build applications with Spark and deploy it in production in a reliable manner.
Streaming data now is a big focus for many big data projects, including real time applications, so there’s a lot of interest in excellent messaging technologies such as Apache Kafka or MapR Streams, which uses the Kafka 0.9 API.
With all the talk about Big Data, most organizations are barely out of the starting blocks when it comes to exploiting it for business benefit. Gartner estimates that 85% of Fortune 500 companies are yet unable to exploit Big Data for competitive advantage.
"Big 10 banks fined $43bn over seven years for failures in customer reporting” reads yesterday’s headline in Financial Times and I wonder how the power of big data could have helped in saving these billions of dollars.
The first Kafka Summit was recently held in San Francisco. While the size of the conference was relatively small at 600 attendees, it was encouraging to see the variety of companies that are embracing real-time data pipelines.
Technological innovation is one of the great stories of the 21st century. Over the past 15 years, technology companies have generated unprecedented wealth at a blistering pace, fueled by smart and capable teams of brilliant scientists and engineers.
We are honored to announce that MapR was named one of the Top 10 Banking Analytics Solution Providers for 2016 by Banking CIO Outlook magazine.
Organizations embracing big data are ready to put data to work, including looking for ways to effectively analyze data from a variety of sources in real time or near real time.
MapR, Cisco, and SAP have been collaborating for years to help you gain insight from all of your data sources. Today, we’re excited to announce that Cisco has developed an appliance that includes the MapR Converged Data Platform for SAP HANA, making it much easier and faster for you to harness the power of big data.
Editor's note: In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Dale Kim, Sr. Director of Industry Solutions at MapR, discusses three examples of how the auditing capabilities in the MapR Converged Data Platform are beneficial for your big data environment.
There are substantial advantages to being able to make decisions at the speed required to respond to events in the moment. In fact, real time is at the foundation of many transformational applications. Let’s take a closer look at what real time really means, and why real time is required across the entire process.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Dale Kim, Director of Industry Solutions at MapR, describes the 540° Customer View.
In my recent article for insideBIGDATA “Converged Data Platforms: Part of a Larger Trend”, I talked about the inevitable direction of technology architecture towards a limitless mainframe model, a converged data center that will be composed largely of open source technologies like Linux, KVM, Hadoop, Spark, Mesos, and OpenStack.
For almost seven years, MapR has been committed to advancing the understanding and application of open-source technology to solve big data challenges. Last year we delivered on the promise of Hadoop with the industry's only enterprise-grade, Converged Data Platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical and real-time production uses.
What’s clear to me is that we are in the midst of the biggest change in enterprise computing in decades: a shift in how data is stored, analyzed and processed is changing the way businesses operate and compete in the marketplace.
In the world of data warehouses and data marts, OLAP analysis has existed for many years. Concepts like drill down, drill across and roll ups have allowed business analysts and users to easily access and analyze data across a variety of dimensions such as product, customers and regions.
We are excited to share with you that Gartner has named MapR a Visionary in the Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics. Gartner evaluated 21 software vendors on 15 criteria for the quadrant.
Hadoop is a key data technology for Big Data, as everyone knows. But the question becomes, how can Big Data help make me more competitive, more efficient, and better able to detect fraud, security breaches, and other abuses?
In this week's whiteboard walkthrough, Tugdual Grall, technical evangelist at MapR, explains the advantages of a publish-subscribe model for real-time data streams.
Banks are among the many businesses taking advantage of big data and IoT opportunities, including for mobile payments, online banking, and smart kiosks, but the huge quantities of personally sensitive data from these activities must be protected at all stages.
One of the many high points in Disney’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens movie was the return of several classic ships and other vehicles from the original trilogy, as well as the introduction of innovative, new types of vehicles. With all the advanced technology on these ships, one can’t help but wonder what kind of big data software and analytics they would be using for threat assessment and prediction, mission planning, and enemy ship tracking and identification.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy and Architecture at MapR, discusses a business use case that leverages the power of MapR Streams.
You may understand your work style at the office, but what if you were a developer reindeer at the North Pole?
Over the last 5 years of shipping product we’ve watched our customers get enormous value out of storing and processing big data. The use cases are far and wide, from performing predictive maintenance on oil rigs to building fraud and risk models on financial transactions.
Today is very significant for MapR, with the introduction of MapR Streams and the industry’s first, and only, Converged Data Platform.
There’s good news in the world of NoSQL databases that will put a smile on the face of developers – and that should also make business leaders happy because it means shorter time-to-value. You can now enjoy the ease and flexibility of a document-style database with the power of extreme scalability and performance.
In this blog post, I will briefly summarize some of the key capabilities that customers are finding immensely valuable in Drill. I’ll also cover common use cases where Drill is deployed, as well as resources for getting started with Drill.
In this week's Whiteboard Walkthrough, Dale Kim, product marketing director, explains how document databases fit in your enterprise's use cases.
When we read “data journalism” articles, it often appears that journalists are walking a perilous line. In many cases, they’re working with data that is provided by the creators.
At Strata+Hadoop World in New York last week, MapR CMO Jack Norris talked about the Big Data Dividend – the ongoing, significant profits that are derived from data-driven applications. In his keynote, Jack provided a look at the bigger picture.
The MapR Distribution including Hadoop is now available on the Azure Fast Start. This solution enables push button deployment of MapR on the Azure cloud infrastructure, providing you with the solutions to turn your big data into big money.
Cloudera’s announcement of a new open source project called Kudu, a technology described as a “complement to HDFS and Apache HBase... designed to fill gaps in Hadoop’s storage layer.” Apparently Cloudera’s development team “... eventually came to the conclusion that large architectural changes were necessary to achieve our goals”.
Today, MapR has announced the developer preview of MapR-DB with native support of JSON, and the new library OJAI (Open JSON Application Interface), pronounced "OH-hy."
Australian shoppers are some of the most digitally influenced in the world; a majority of Australians go online to research a product before buying it, according to a 2015 report by Deloitte.
How times have changed—10-15 years ago, when you needed to store data for your application, it was likely structured data; the data fields were known ahead of time and didn’t change much.
It's an exciting time for those in pharmaceutical research these days, given that research organizations can now leverage big data to improve their business.
MapR is glad to partner with SAP and we are excited to see them bring lead-edge innovations to the market. We are thrilled today to talk about a new offering from SAP that along with the MapR data platform to help you better serve your customers and simplify how your business works.
The explosion of data from new devices and technologies has forced the telecommunications industry to completely change the way they handle big data. Their traditional storage and analytics solutions cannot adequately manage the expanding, diverse volume of data generated today.
As you probably know (unless you’ve been living under an ant hill), Ant-Man is a fictional superhero who first appeared in Marvel comic books, and he’s also a proud founding member of The Avengers. He made his debut on the big screen recently with the advent of this summer’s blockbuster movie, “Ant-Man,” which has, as of last week, already earned $116.8 million at the domestic box office, and $234 million worldwide.
There’s a reason the industry refers to Big Data as “Big” Data. According to IBM, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. Here’s another eye-opening stat: 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.
Hadoop has been a phenomenon for big data and operational workloads. It has transformed from its batch-oriented roots into an interactive platform by incorporating a number of components, including technologies that provide SQL and distributed in-memory capabilities.
We thought the Kickstart song by Mötley Crüe was appropriate, since everyone is excited about kickstarting their Spark-based applications these days. That’s our theme for the Quick Start Solutions we’re announcing today at Spark Summit West—you can kickstart your Spark efforts into high gear with our Spark Quick Starts. You’ll be able to develop at high speeds, use streaming data, and build applications faster.
Most of us have experienced the power of data-driven recommendations. Maybe you found a former colleague through LinkedIn’s “People You May Know” feature or you watched a movie because Netflix suggested it to you. And it’s quite likely that you bought something that Amazon.com recommended to you under the "Frequently Bought Together" section. It’s estimated that recommendation engines power approximately 30% of Amazon’s revenue. In all of these instances, recommendation engines help narrow your choices to those that best meet your particular needs. In all of the above situations, the systems that these companies built incorporate algorithms that learn from past data. Customers benefit from a more tailored and personalized experience, and this positive experience increases the likelihood that they’ll buy more products and services and stay loyal to the particular service provider or retailer in question. For the merchant or service provider, recommendation engines increase up-sell and cross-sell rates, reduce churn, and improve customer loyalty.
Today, MapR introduced Quick Start Solutions, a powerful package of services, software and training/certification to help you jump-start your deployments of enterprise data hub, security and marketing applications. These solutions address commonly implemented and high-value Hadoop use cases for Data Warehouse Optimization and Analytics, Security Log Analytics and Recommendation Engines.
As we close out the year, here is a look back at our 10 most popular blogs of 2014. Our top posts include machine learning and time series data topics, new milestones for the Apache projects Drill and Spark, and hands-on technical explanations that save you time and headaches.
I commonly hear lots of questions about how many drives to use per node in a cluster. For a long time, the norm was to have 4-6 drives per node, but lately, I have been hearing more people suggest 12 drives. At MapR, we have been recommending 12 or 24 drives for quite some time to take advantage of the inherent advantages of MapR-FS, but I still hear lots of people recommending smaller configurations. In fact, I think that the norm is moving much higher than 12 drives. It is not uncommon for us to see boxes with up to 60 large drives lately. These are not the majority of systems by any stretch, but they have some very distinct advantages in terms of money (capex $/TB, opex $/TB) and power (opex W/TB).
In this blog series, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons customers are turning to MapR in order to create new insights and optimize their data-driven strategies. Here’s reason #2: MapR provides world record performance for Hadoop.
In this blog series, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons customers are turning to MapR in order to create new insights and optimize their data-driven strategies. Here’s reason #5: MapR provides complete data protection and disaster recovery with real snapshots and mirroring.
In this blog series, we’re showcasing the top 10 reasons customers are turning to MapR in order to create new insights and optimize their data-driven strategies. Here’s reason #7: MapR provides the top-ranked NoSQL key-value database for current offering.
One cat, a radio collar, and a night on the town – this little adventure turned into an entertaining article in Wired magazine 8 August 2014 by Andy Greenberg about the creative use of a feline investigator to find weak points in security of the neighborhood’s wifis.
There are hundreds of open source and commercial projects that relate to Hadoop in one way or another. These projects can be divided into two categories:
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