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Cloudera, Hortonworks, and how they are progressing in their Hadoop security agenda

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Back in July 2014, Gigaom published a research note on Hadoop security written by me. As there seems to be rapid progress in this domain, in the last few days there have been a couple of related developments that call for an update on the picture drawn in that report. As was noted in the […]

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Hadoop World vendor announcements and impact on Accessibility, Scalability and Security

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This week the world’s biggest event for all things Hadoop takes place, the Strata and Hadoop World conference. Vendors announce and showcase new releases and features in their offerings, and Gigaom covered the extensive array of news. Let’s try to decipher them and see their impact in terms of Hadoop distributions Accessibility, Scalability and Security. […]

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SPARQL City and Benchmarks

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We have written in the past about SPARQL, Hadoop and benchmarks. In this post, we take a look at a company that combines all of these subjects, SPARQL City, on the occasion of the results they released after subjecting their product, SPARQLVerse, to the SP2 benchmark. This year’s NoSQLNow conference was colocated with SemTechBiz, providing […]

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Big Data Security: What does it take and what are the strategies for implementing it?

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Recently we referred to Hadoop security, taking a sneak peek at things to come and announcing an upcoming Gigaom report on the topic. Now the time has come and we are happy to announce that the “Hadoop security: Solutions emerge” Gigaom report has been published. But that’s not all, and in this post we give […]

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Intellectual property thoughts: on Ideas and Patents

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Recently we have seen 2 US court rulings that could bring on important changes in intellectual property, one related to Patents & Ideas and one to Copyright & APIs. Even though at first it may seem this is only relevant for the US, as anyone who has ever been involved in IT Entrepreneurship can tell […]

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Hadoop moving forward: a sneak peek at security & performance

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As Hadoop is steadily making its way to the enterprise, the bar is raised in many ways. Since two of the most obvious requirements to be able to make it there are security and performance, i cherry-picked some related announcements made recently – shortly before and after Hadoop Summit, the biggest Hadoop event of the […]

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The wrong strategy, the wrong way: cold-calling your way to marketing, technical and business failure

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Do you think cold-calling still works? Trying to sell random stuff to random people on the phone is not exactly the most unobtrusive, effective or sophisticated strategy. It’s the kind of thing I would expect and advise especially technology companies to stay away from, for a number of reasons. This is an account of the […]

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Structure Data and the Competitive Landscape

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Structure Data 2014 was another excellent Gigaom event. To anyone who has ever been to one, this is no surprise. Here’s my pick of the most interesting sessions and related news. Intel and its Hadoop distribution strategy Strange as it may sound, Intel has its own Hadoop distribution. Or at least it did up to […]

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Unlikely PaaS alliances, strange offerings, and variable gauges

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Recently we’ve seen developments in PaaS offerings that may strike some as odd or surprising: first, RedHat offers Microsoft .Net and SQL Server as cloud services, and then Microsoft offers Oracle’s flagship database, WebLogic Server middleware and Java on its Azure platform as “license-included virtual machine images” in the Windows Azure Image Gallery. What’s this […]

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On APIs, JSON, Linked Data, attitude and opportunities

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I’ve been meaning to revisit some of the things i’ve been writing about and getting feedback on lately – APIs, the JSON vs. XML “non” debate and Linked Data. My focus was going to be on JSON-LD as the low-hanging fruit of Linked Data, and this week some news came out that gave me the […]

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