Hadoop Insights

News about Hadoop in the wild; how Hadoop is being used; how Hadoop can be used.

‘Big Data’ has become a hot buzzword, but a poorly defined one. Here we will define it.

Wikipedia defines Big Data in terms of the problems posed by the awkwardness of legacy tools in supporting massive datasets:

In information technology, big data[1][2] is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.

It is better to define ‘Big Data’ in terms of opportunity, in terms of transformative economics.…

When the term scientific computing comes up in a conversation it’s usually just the occasional science geek who shows signs of recognition. But although most people have little or no knowledge of the field’s existence, it has been around since the second half of the twentieth century and has played an increasingly important role in many technological and scientific developments. Internet search engines, DNA analysis, weather forecasting, seismic analysis, renewable energy, and aircraft modeling are just a small number of examples where scientific computing is nowadays indispensible.…

At Hortonworks, we fundamentally believe that, in the not-so-distant future, Apache Hadoop will process over half the world’s data flowing through businesses. We realize this is a BOLD vision that will take a lot of hard work by not only Hortonworks and the open source community, but also software, hardware, and solution vendors focused on the Hadoop ecosystem, as well as end users deploying platforms powered by Hadoop.

If the vision is to be achieved, we need to accelerate the process of enabling the masses to benefit from the power and value of Apache Hadoop in ways where they are virtually oblivious to the fact that Hadoop is under the hood.…

Back in June we joined Teradata Aster in a webcast “Back to the Future – MapReduce, Hadoop and the Data Scientist” to highlight the benefits of Apache Hadoop and the role that data scientists are playing in big data. You can check out the replay here. The discussion focused around how big data architectures could bring more value to businesses using relational DBMS technology and Hadoop, and how the two can coexist.…

I spent some time at the first ever DataWeek in San Francisco last week.  It is a brand new show and it was very well-run, spread across a few cool spaces with an interesting mix of novice to experienced data professionals.  They had a good blend of labs, speakers, panels and great networking opportunities.  In all, it was great and a big thanks and kudos to the organizers.

I took part in a panel and also presented a three-hour overview of Hadoop. …

Partner Webinar Series

On September 18 at 10am PT/1pm ET we join our partner Datameer in a webcast aimed at providing answers to some common questions we hear in the industry. Specifically, what are some of the use cases that big data analytics is perfect for?

By looking at some common uses we are seeing, you’ll be able to envision how you can leverage the analytics results from your own data.…

Partner Webinar Series

Hortonworks boasts a rich and vibrant ecosystem of partners representing a huge array of solutions that leverage Hadoop, and specifically Hortonworks Data Platform, to provide big data insights for customers. The goal of our Partner Webinar Series is to help communicate the value and benefit of our partners’ solutions and how they connect and use Hortonworks Data Platform.

Look to the Clouds

Setting up a big data cluster can be difficult, especially considering the assembly of all the all the equipment, power, and space to make it happen.…

Pre-crime? Pretty close…

If you have seen the futuristic movie Minority Report, you most likely have an idea of how many factors and decisions go into crime prevention. Yes, Pre-crime is an aspect of the future but even today it is clear that many social, economic, psychological, racial, and geographical circumstances must be thoroughly considered in order to make crime prediction even partially possible and accurate. The predictive analytics made possible with Apache Hadoop can significantly benefit this area of government security.…

This is the first part of a series written by Charles Boicey from the UC Irvine Medical Center.  The series will demonstrate a real case study for Apache Hadoop in healthcare and also journal the architecture and technical considerations presented during implementation.

With a single observation in early 2011, the Hadoop strategy at UC Irvine Medical Center started. While using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Yahoo we came to the conclusion that healthcare data although domain specific is structurally not much different than a tweet, Facebook posting or LinkedIn profile and that the environment powering these applications should be able to do the same with healthcare data.…

Nothing happens in a vacuum anymore.  Cities now have the ability to use information collected from a massive variety of sources in order help solve common city problems.  The information can arise from anywhere – tweets, blog posts, and meter readings all can serve to inform public officials (and citizens as a whole) about how to better interact in a data-drenched world.

Most famously, IBM’s Smart Cities initiative looks at how city governments meet the needs of their expanding populations by using available resources more efficiently. …

Earlier, in the “Big Data in Genomics and Cancer Treatment” blog post, I explored how the extensive amount of information in DNA analysis mostly comes from the vast array of characteristics associated with people’s DNA make up and with different cancer variations. The case with today’s healthcare is very similar. Each patient is unique and has thorough medical history records that allow doctors to make evaluations and recommendations for future treatments.…

Small companies, big data.

Big data is sometimes at odds with the business-savvy entrepreneur who wants to exploit its full potential.   In essence, the business potential of big data is the massive (but promising) elephant in the room that remains invisible because the available talent necessary to take full advantage of the technology is difficult to obtain.

Inventing new technology for the platform is critical, but so too is making it easier to use.…

The following is Part 2 of 2 on data in education. The first article introduces the concept and application of data in education. The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Big data analytics are coming to public education. In 2012, the US Department of Education (DOE) was part of a host of agencies to share a $200 million initiative to begin applying big data analytics to their respective functions.…

Big Data Shopping Bag

With big data basking in the limelight, it is no surprise that large retailers have been closely watching its development… and more power to them! By learning to effectively utilize big data, retailers can significantly mold the market to their advantage, making themselves more competitive and increasing the likelihood that they will come out on top as a successful retailer. Now that there are open source analytical platforms like Hadoop, which allow for unstructured data to be transformed and organized, large retailers are able to make smart business decisions using the information they collect about customers’ habits, preferences, and needs.…

The following is Part 1 of 2 on data in education.  The first article introduces the concepts of how data is used in education.  The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Learning to Learn

The education industry is transforming into a 21st century data-driven enterprise.   Metrics based assessment has been a powerful force that has swept the national education community in response to widespread policy reform. …

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