MemSQL releases MemSQL 4, launches community edition

Today MemSQL released MemSQL 4, calling it "the most significant release of MemSQL to date," which includes new capabilities such as real-time, distributed geospatial intelligence and the MemSQL Spark Connector to operationalize Apache Spark. It also includes a newly launched Community Edition. 

Mobile data traffic to reach 197,000 PB by 2019

On the mobile front, industry analysts at Juniper Research say we can expect data traffic to reach 197,000 petabytes by 2019, the equivalent of over 10 billion Blu-ray movies. It also claims 41 percent will travel over cellular networks, and the remainder over Wi-Fi. 

MapR Distribution ships with Apache Drill 1.0, schema-free SQL engine

MapR announced the general availability of Apache Drill 1.0 in the MapR Distribution this week. The MapR and Apache Drill combo play is designed to provide self-service data exploration for IoT analytics.

Rosslyn Analytics launches Analytics-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

As-a-Service offerings cover the gamut of technical offerings so it's really no surprise that Analytics-as-a-Service would join the lineup. Rosslyn Analytics happens to be one of the first companies to offer it and they did so just this week. 

Startup Samsara comes out of stealth mode, unveils new IoT platform

Startup Samsara came out of stealth mode this week, announcing it raised $25 million in Series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz and that Marc Andreessen will join the board of directors.

Spotlight: Drug dealer busted by a USPS algorithm

Look for algorithms to play an increasing role in detecting criminal activity on nearly every front and for all types of crimes. 

Spotlight: Hadoop demand falls

It may come as little surprise to many of you that Hadoop is in trouble.

Qlik, Recommind team to visualize legal data, combine eDiscovery data with organization data

Legal strategists struggle with big data as much as anyone. And comprehensive legal data analytics are a relative rarity, making their job that much harder and still too vulnerable to instinct or gut calls. Qlik and Recommind seek to rectify that with an integrated product designed to combine eDiscovery data and organization data and visualize all or parts of it as needed to aid and speed legal decisions.

QLogic, Cavium team on big data infrastructure

QLogic and Cavium teamed on a joint big data infrastructure product that combines QLogic 25GbE RDMA NICs and Fibre Channel Adapters with Cavium's 48 Core Workload Optimized ThunderX ARMv8-A Processors. Has ability to independently scale compute and storage resources to petabyte-class databases and beyond.

Switchfly ranks airlines by reward seats availability

"The meaningful improvements we are seeing in 2015 are promising signs that the voice of the airline customer is stronger than ever," said Switchfly CEO Daniel Farrar in the report.

Accenture launches democratized advanced analytics applications platform

Accenture launched an advanced analytics applications platform consisting of industry- and function-specific advanced analytics applications aimed at fully democratized use. This means that business users, C-Suite decision-makers and data scientists can use the applications with equal ease albeit at different skill levels.

Cyberattacks mine universities for intellectual-property data

Penn State's College of Engineering was cyberattacked and security experts expect more universities to be actively mined by cyberattackers in the near future if they aren't already under attack. But these attacks are looking for more than the usual data payoff. Much more.

Millennials: The greatest risk to corporate data

According to a U.S. mobile security study, millennials are a greater risk to corporate data security than other user demographics. The findings between generational behaviors are likely to be counter-intuitive to many who assume younger generations to be more knowledgeable and more aware of security threats in mobile tech use than older generations. So much for gut-instinct, eh?

LinkedIn contest aims to help turn site into one-stop-career-shop

Social media site LinkedIn has its sights set on becoming a one-stop-shop for all things work and career related. That means turning the website into a gigantic database of potential job openings, networking opportunities, training and education resources for every individual and company member.

Big data can tell you who to hire, fire and promote

Talent management software company Cornerstone OnDemand unveiled Tuesday its latest solution, Cornerstone Insights, for corporate employee management. The newest suite of predictive analytics dashboards will help business managers make sense of business data, according to the company's press release.

Hadoop hits a speed bump

Despite booming interest in big data and a cluster of companies popping up to support it, Hadoop "is failing to live up to its promise," according to a Gartner analyst. 

Spotlight: ADP launches DataCloud to provide big data workforce insights to customers

ADP launched on Tuesday its ADP DataCloud big data platform to provide workforce management insights to its customers.

Informatica continues its work toward making data accessible to non-technical users

Informatica is introducing a couple of new products at its conference this week, including the Informatica Intelligent Data Lake and Secure@Source version 2. The products continue the company's work toward making data analysis easier for more people in an organization. 

Big funding rounds for database tech, like MarkLogic, portend good and bad

A $102 million funding round for MarkLogic is the latest influx of money into the growing market for database solutions. The investments suggest demand for new products but also signals that there's a booming market that may face some growing pains in the future. 

Spotlight: Cuba adopts analytics, big data for new US tourism

Cuba has adopted analytics and big data to improve its allure to tourists from everywhere.