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Author: Tony Baer

Hortonworks HDP 2.1 release starts extending “Hadoop Core” platform

The latest version of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), v2.1, marks a key step in the platform's future roadmap, supporting interactive SQL, search, and streaming, and adding support for incubating security features.
Tony Baer

What Hadoop means for SAS’s product roadmap

SAS calls Hadoop its strategic development platform for new analytics tools going forward. It will have to look beyond MapReduce processing to retain its edge.
Tony Baer

Pivotal embraces flexible bundling

With the new second release of Pivotal HD, Pivotal has embraced a mix-and-match pricing policy that will allow customers to either still buy products a la carte or mix and match them on a cluster.
Tony Baer

IBM couches NoSQL strategy with Cloudant acquisition

IBM has taken another step to ramp up its cloud presence with the acquisition of Cloudant, a five-year-old company that offers a managed CouchDB NoSQL cloud database.
Tony Baer

MapR introduces its SQL integration: HP Vertica

MapR is once again pairing up with a SQL analytics platform, with a new field-level partnership with HP to embed the Vertica analytic database engine inside MapR Hadoop clusters.
Tony Baer

Cloudera claims the enterprise data hub has arrived, adds streaming

Cloudera has revised product packaging to make it more convenient (and affordable) for clients to buy the whole platform, and released support for Apache Spark, bringing Fast Data applications to Hadoop.
Tony Baer

Microsoft introduces Power BI in the cloud

Microsoft is betting heavily on the cloud for delivering self-service BI capabilities. Power BI builds on existing Microsoft Excel building blocks, including Power Query and Power View, to provide a single self-service client based on the familiar Excel spreadsheet as the user interface.
Tony Baer

PTC’s ThingWorx acquisition extends product lifecycle to Internet of Things

PTC's $112m acquisition of ThingWorx, a startup offering a platform for building and running applications based on smart, connected devices, will logically extend the company's service lifecycle management (SLM) business.
Tony Baer

Intel refreshes its Hadoop distribution

Intel is the latest player to release its own edition of the recent Hadoop 2.0 platform. Besides being a way to sell more x86 hardware, Intel's Hadoop strategy is a pillar of its software-defined infrastructure vision.
Tony Baer

SAP refines Big Data strategy

Several important pieces have recently fallen into place for SAP's Big Data strategy, including extension of Smart Data Access, its federated query technology, and new Hadoop platform OEM deals with Hortonworks and Intel.
Tony Baer