Thursday, February 26, 2015

The elephant says, "Where is my watch?"

This picture was supposed to be the beginning of the Hadoop Illuminated book. But I was correctly pointed out to that I know nothing from Ganesh. So I kept to my style.

The picture came from my Assimil Hindi textbook.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Big Data Cartoon - What's with Pivotal?

Last week, Pivotal joined its forces with its former rival, Hortonworks, announcing that they will form a join Hadoop Core platform. In my understanding, Pivotal is giving up its own distribution of Hadoop in favor of Hortonworks Data Platform.

However, Yevgeniy Sverglik on DataCentralKnowledge quotes Cloudera and MapR as saying that there is no need for another Hadoop Core, and that this is about marketing with self serving interests.

Who is right? Our illustrator ponders.

Monday, February 23, 2015

FreeEed technologies led to DARPA project

FreeEed technologies impressed the DARPA team and led to a contract to fight human trafficking. The full press release by the main contractor, Hyperion Gray, is quoted below. While FreeEed and Elephant Scale can't have their own press release, their involvement is fully explained.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

My lab

And all of these computers are needed, and no, you cannot replace it with one Mac :) - I can tell you why.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HBase Design Patterns by Mark Kerzner

The "HBase Design Patterns" book was presented by Mark Kerzner, one of the authors. Since the Houston Hadoop Meetup group is usually mixed, Mark started with HBase overview, and continued with a deeper dive into the book's content.

But the Big Data landscape in Houston is maturing, and this time about half of the group were Big Data professionals. Way to go!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Big Data Cartoon - Elephant gets a credit card

You may not be certain that elephants get credit cards, but one thing is for sure - credit cards get Apache Hadoop in a big way. American Express is all on it, and it sucked up all available developers, I think. VISA has great fraud identification based on Big Data. It seemed only fair to our illustrator to provide the elephant with one card at least.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Big Data Cartoon - help for cats and dogs

Encouraged by the success of our "Sparklet™ #1", we decided to merge our Big Data cartoons and supply some information with it, preferably about Spark, but also about some other interesting news in the area of Big Data. So this is Sparklet #2.

Big Data helps cats and dogs. Trupanion Inc. (NYSE: TRUP) is a direct-to-consumer monthly subscription business that provides medical insurance for cats and dogs.  They customize the insurance on the individual basis, using Big Data - see here how they do it.

Another interesting cat-like project is Tigon, and it is a serious tiger - it is an open source low-latency streaming technology, based on Hadoop, HBase, and such thrills as Tephra and Apache Twill.