Databricks launches new edition of its Spark-based cloud platform for data engineers

Databricks, the company founded by the creators of the popular Apache Spark project and providers of the leading Spark-based cloud platform for data science, today announced an edition of its cloud platform optimized specifically for data engineering workloads called Databricks for Data Engineering. The new offering enables more cost-effective data engineering using Spark while empowering … continue reading

Grafana 4.0 gets alerting feature, HPE StormRunner Load through AWS Marketplace, and Kontena introduces container platform—SD Times news digest: Nov. 30, 2016

Grafana 4.0 is now available with an alerting feature, which turns Grafana into a critical monitoring tool. This release also comes with new minor features, fixes and an improved UX. According to Grafana, the alert rules can be configured using existing graph panels and threshold levels by dragging handles to the right side of the … continue reading

Strata + Hadoop World: Databricks’ annual Spark survey, MapR’s Converged Data Platform, Confluent Enterprise, Alation Data Catalog 4.0

Apache Spark is reaching more users in new places, according to a recently released report. Databricks announced the results of its second annual Apache Spark survey, which revealed Spark is increasingly being used in the public cloud, streaming and machine learning. “Since inception, Spark’s core mission has been to make Big Data simple and accessible … continue reading

IBM unveils Project DataWorks, QASymphony launches qTest Insights 2.0, and developers describe roadblocks to their work—SD Times news digest: Sept. 27, 2016

In order to make it easy for businesses to collect and organize their data, IBM has introduced Project DataWorks, an initiative from Watson that uses the cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data while enabling AI-powered decision-making. Project DataWorks is available on Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and it aims to redefine … continue reading

H2O.ai releases Sparkling Water 2.0, GitHub provides access to open-source data, and EMEA developers concerned with cyber terrorism—SD Times news digest: July 1, 2016

Today, H2O.ai announced the availability of Sparkling Water 2.0, an API for Apache Spark with new features and functionality. Sparkling Water now includes the ability to interface with Apache Spark, MLlib and Scala to give Spark user’s more visual capabilities. Sparkling Water 2.0 builds off of Sparkling Water, which was designed to give its users … continue reading

Spark Summit: Databricks’ Community Edition, Splice Machine moves to open source, and Hortonworks’ Spark-HBase Connector

The Spark Summit kicked off this week in San Francisco with companies releasing new solutions designed to make it easier to work with Apache Spark. Databricks, the creator of Apache Spark, announced the general availability of the Databricks Community Edition (DCE). DCE is a free version of its data platform built on top of Apache … continue reading

DataStax enters graph market

DataStax today moved into a new database market with the announcement that it will be releasing the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) Graph datastore later this year. The new database is built on the foundations of Apache Cassandra and the Apache TinkerPop Project. DSE Graph is a distributed graph database, meaning it can be hosted in multiple … continue reading

Red Hat announces a no-cost RHEL developer subscription, Google’s Machine Learning series, and Intel wants to ease cloud deployments—SD Times digest: April 1, 2016

Red Hat has announced the availability of a no-cost Red Hat Enterprise Linux developer subscription yesterday, which is part of the Red Hat Developer Program. It is offered as a self-supported, development-only subscription. It provides developers with a stable development platform for building enterprise applications across cloud, physical, virtual and container infrastructures. With this subscription, … continue reading

Meteor 1.3 released, Databricks gives developers new APIs, and Google Cloud Platform joins Node.js Foundation—SD Times digest: March 30, 2016

The open-source JavaScript application platform Meteor announced its latest release: Meteor 1.3. This release is focused on helping teams with production applications manage, scale and test their Meteor codebases. It will also help the Meteor team to continue to align the Meteor platform with the innovations in JavaScript. Meteor 1.3 includes better support for application … continue reading

Spark Summit East: News from Databricks, IBM, MapR, MemSQL, SAP and Wikibon

Wikibon, a community formed to help solve technology problems, has released what it says is the first-ever Spark forecast that shows how Spark is changing the industry. “Our report is the first to show how Spark is remaking the marketplace, presenting not just numbers of users, but also data about what vendors are building and … continue reading

Alphabet passes Apple, researchers create auto-bug-repair system, and Syncfusion’s Big Data Platform released—SD Times news digest: Feb. 2, 2016

Shares of Alphabet, Google’s holding company, opened nearly three percent higher today, pushing it past Apple. This makes Alphabet the most valuable public company, according to a report by CNBC. Alphabet has a market cap of US$547.1 billion, which is higher than Apple’s $529.3 billion. The last time Google was more valuable than Apple was … continue reading

Spark 1.6

Spark 1.6 is released

Apache Spark 1.6, which shipped yesterday, offers performance enhancements that range from faster processing of the Parquet data format to better overall performance for streaming state management. As a large-scale data processing platform, Apache Spark has untethered itself from the Hadoop platform. As a result, Spark can be used against key-value stores and other types … continue reading

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