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DataBricks Announces Spark SQL for Manipulating Structured Data Using Spark

by Matt Kapilevich on  Apr 19, 2014

DataBricks, the company behind Apache Spark, has announced a new addition into the Spark ecosystem called Spark SQL. Spark SQL is separate from Shark, and does not use Hive under the hood. InfoQ reached out to Reynold Xin and Michael Armbrust, software engineers at DataBricks, to learn more about Spark SQL.

A Roundup of Cloudera Distribution Containing Apache Hadoop 5

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 18, 2014

Cloudera recently released the latest version of its software distribution, CDH5. Almost 20 months after the last major version, CDH4 seems like ages in the Big Data world. We take a look at new features this release brings and the future direction of Cloudera after the latest round of investment from Intel and Google Ventures.

Windows Management Framework 5 Preview Introduces Package Manager And Network Switches Cmdlets

by João Miranda on  Apr 15, 2014

Microsoft announced the availability of the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview, which includes Windows PowerShell OneGet, a package manager in the spirit of yum and apt-get; a set of cmdlets to manage network switches; and some polishing on Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC).

Why Agile Works in Context to Organizations in Australia

by Savita Pahuja on  Apr 15, 2014 1

A report on why agile works for Australia’s most progressive organizations like ANZ, Bankwest, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Suncorp, Allianz, SunSuper and many more and their journey to DevOps and continuous delivery.

Hydra Takes On Hadoop

by Rags Srinivas on  Apr 11, 2014

The social-networking company AddThis open-sourced Hydra under the Apache version 2.0 License in a recent announcement. Hydra grew from an in-house platform created to process semi-structured social data as live streams and do efficient query processing on those data sets.

What’s New in Azure Networking

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 03, 2014

The new version of Azure brings with it enhanced options for private networks, virtual private networks, and multi-region load balancing.

Spark Gets a Dedicated Big Data Platform

by Charles Menguy on  Apr 03, 2014

Spark users can now use a new Big Data platform provided by intelligence company Atigeo, which bundles most of the UC Berkeley stack into a unified framework optimized for low-latency data processing that can provide significant improvements over more traditional Hadoop-based platforms.

JCACHE Specification Finalized

by Dan Woods on  Mar 31, 2014

After thirteen years of development and evolution, JSR-107 - JCACHE, has been finalized.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Docker Index Offers Private Repositories, Webhooks And Other Services

by João Miranda on  Mar 24, 2014

Docker Inc., the company behind Docker, introduced a range of new services, including its first paid offering: private repositories. Docker index, Docker.io's public registry, now also offers webhooks, triggers and links for trusted builds and e-mail notifications.

HBase 0.98 Introduces Cell-based Security

by Rags Srinivas on  Mar 21, 2014

Apache released HBase 0.98 primarily addressing convergence with Apache Accumulo via cell-based security while resolving over 230 JIRA issues. These new security features are modeled after Accumulo.

Vagrant Launches Collaboration Tools for Development Environments

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 20, 2014

DevOps tool provider Vagrant announced significant features in their 1.5 release, including a public image repository and the ability to share access to running environments. The Vagrant Cloud is meant to simplify the discovery and distribution of complete development environments. Vagrant Share lets developers collaborate with others by exposing HTTP or SSH access to these virtual environments.

Graph Processing Using Big Data Technologies

by Charles Menguy on  Mar 17, 2014 2

Processing extremely large graphs has been and remains a challenge, but recent advances in Big Data technologies have made this task more practical. Tapad, a startup based in NYC focused on cross-device content delivery, has made graph processing the heart of their business model using Big Data to scale to terabytes of data.

How Etsy Deploys More Than 50 Times a Day

by João Miranda on  Mar 17, 2014

Daniel Schauenberg described at QCon London how Etsy, renowned for its DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices, does 50 deploys/day. A fully automated deployment pipeline, thorough application monitoring and IRC-based collaboration are all important to achieve this rate of change while keeping risk to a minimum. Etsy has about 60 million monthly visits and 1.5 billion page views per month.

ZeroTurnaround Q&A: An Interview with CEO Jevgeni Kabanov

by Matt Raible on  Mar 14, 2014

ZeroTurnaround was born in Estonia in 2006. It was founded by Jevgeni Kabanov and aimed to solve Java's core problem - the redeployment bottleneck. Since then, they've launched two products, JRebel and LiveRebel, and started two community efforts: RebelLabs and vJUG. For an insider's perspective on ZeroTurnaround, I interviewed their CEO.

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