Big Data News, Articles, & Education

MetLife Turns to NoSQL for Better Customer Service

by Angela Guess Doug Henschen of Information Week reports, “Developing an integrated customer view has been on the wish list at insurance giant MetLife for at least 10 years, but it recently took a fresh approach to the challenge by choosing a NoSQL database as the platform for bringing together data from more than 70…

Cloudant Raises $12M in Series B Funding

by Angela Guess A new article out of Cloudant reports that the company has raised “$12 million in series B funding from Devonshire Investors, the private equity firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments; RackspaceHosting, the open cloud leader; and Toba Capital. The company also announced that current investors — Avalon Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Samsung Venture Investment Corporation —…

Microsoft’s Struggles with Big Data, BI

by Angela Guess Tony Cosentino of Information Management writes, “Microsoft has been steadily pouring money into big data and business intelligence. The company of course owns the most widely used analytical tool in the world, Microsoft Excel, which our benchmark research into Spreadsheets in the Enterprise shows is not going away soon. User resistance (cited by 56%…

A Closer Look at the MongoDB Document Database

by Paul Williams The document database, MongoDB, is currently one of the most prevalent NoSQL databases on the market. MongoDB offers both open-source and enterprise versions with the complete support of its developers 10gen. It provides an innovative tool for an individual developer experimenting with the freely available community edition and more robust functionality for…

Twitter Buys Big Data Startup Lucky Sort

by Angela Guess Daniel Terdiman of CNet recently wrote, “Twitter’s shopping spree shows no signs of letting up. Today, the social-networking giant said that it has acquired big data startup Lucky Sort. Lucky Sort CEO Noah Pepper said in a blog post that his company’s ‘goal was to make huge document sets easier to analyze, summarize, and…

E-Discovery to Gather in Denver for Catalyst’s First Partner Conference

by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “Catalyst Repository Systems, Inc., a pioneer in providing cloud-based document repositories for international e-discovery and complex legal matters, today announced its program for Catalytics 2013, the company’s invitation-only partner conference, taking place May 15-17 in Denver. Catalyst partners and clients hailing from the U.S., Europe…

A History of Data Storage

by Angela Guess Stackify recently created an infographic on the history of data storage on computers and in the cloud. The team at Stackify wrote, “The huge improvements in hard drive cost efficiencies have helped the tech world grow exponentially. A movie like Avatar, that contained a petabyte of data, would have been impossible to complete…

Moosejaw Turns to IBM for Mobile Growth

by Angela Guess A new article out of the company reports, “IBM [has announced] that Moosejaw Mountaineering is using software from IBM’s Smarter Commerce initiative to expand its mobile commerce and social business strategy.  More than 30 percent of Moosejaw’s customers are shopping on the company’s mobile site, up from 25 percent a year ago, with about…

10 Things to Know About Couchbase

by Angela Guess Don Pinto of Couchbase writes, “The bottom line for any sysadmin is to keep the database and in case of Couchbase, keeping the cluster up and running 24×7. With demanding app requirements, your cluster needs to be properly configured, sized and monitored. This can be quite challenging as things can fail anytime without…

Big Data: A Brief History

by Angela Guess Gil Press of Forbes recently wrote, “The story of how data became big starts many years before the current buzz around big data. Already seventy years ago we encounter the first attempts to quantify the growth rate in the volume of data or what has popularly been known as the ‘information explosion’ (a term…