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Discussion on Nagios Fitness for Purpose

by João Miranda on  Feb 28, 2014

At a recent London DevOps meetup, Andy Sykes launched a debate on whether Nagios, a well-known application that offers monitoring and alerting services, should be replaced with a better solution. Laurie Denness, from Etsy, argued in a reply that Nagios and its ecosystem still are a great solution in the monitoring and alerting arena.

Spark Officially Graduates From Apache Incubator

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 28, 2014

Recently, Spark graduated from the Apache incubator. Spark claims up to 100x speed improvements over Apache Hadoop over in-memory datasets and gracefully falling back to 10x speed improvement for on-disk performance. Based on Scala, it can run SQL queries and be used directly in R. It provides Machine Learning, Graph database capabilities and other further discussed in the article.

New Gem Creates Test Boilerplate for Chef Cookbooks

by Cassiano Leal on  Feb 25, 2014

Meez is a new gem that will help get started with test-driven infrastructure for Chef cookbooks. It creates all the boilerplate necessary to assess a cookbook’s quality using tools such as Test Kitchen, Foodcritic, ChefSpec and others, allowing the user to focus on writing actual tests and infrastructure code.

Hazelcast Introduces MapReduce API

by Michael Hausenblas on  Feb 18, 2014 1

Hazelcast, an open source in-memory data grid solution introduces a MapReduce API for its offering.

Mac OS X and BTRFS support in Docker

by Chris Swan on  Feb 17, 2014

As part of the 0.8 release the Docker.io team have announced support for installation on Mac OS X and the use of the BTRFS as an alternative to AUFS.

Elasticsearch 1.0.0 released

by Ralph Winzinger on  Feb 14, 2014

Elasticsearch released version 1.0.0 of its self-titled, open-source analytics tool. Elasticsearch is a distributed search engine which allows for real-time data analysis in big-data environments. The new version comes with various functional enhancements and changes to the API to make Elasticsearch more intuitive and powerful to use.

Running Spark on R with SparkR

by Charles Menguy on  Feb 11, 2014

UC Berkeley’s AMPLab announced a developer preview of their new project SparkR to use Apache Spark natively from R.

DevOps Cafe Podcast on the QCon London 2014 DevOps Track

by João Miranda on  Feb 09, 2014

Last DevOps Cafe Podcast (Episode 47) previewed the QCon London 2014 DevOps track. Manuel Pais and Shane Hastie, the track hosts, explained the rationale behind the track's session selection, the speakers introduced their talks and there was still time to discuss other topics, such as the importance of the scientific method and how agile's definition of "done" must be adapted in a DevOps world.

Interactive SQL in Apache Hadoop with Impala and Hive

by Alex Giamas on  Feb 07, 2014

In the race for interactive SQL in Big Data environments, there are two open source based front-runners, Impala and Hive with the Stinger project. Cloudera recently announced that Impala is up to 69 times faster than Hive 0.12 and can outperform DBMS. Other than raw speed, we take a look at other considerations in choosing a SQL engine for Hadoop and also Tez, an application framework for YARN.

DataFu Enters Incubation Status at Apache

by Charles Menguy on  Feb 04, 2014

LinkedIn’s DataFu project, a collection of libraries for Hadoop, has now officially entered the incubation status at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since the first week of January.

Google Acquires Nest: Big Data Comes to Energy

by Michael Hausenblas on  Feb 04, 2014

Google has acquired Nest, maker of smart thermostat and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash, making it another major data source that will help Google understand how people live.

DevOps Adoption Cultural Challenges

by João Miranda on  Feb 03, 2014

Oliver White, Head of Rebel Labs, recently discussed the difficulties of DevOps adoption at IT organizations, even when there is a growing body of evidence that highlights the benefits of DevOps. InfoQ took the opportunity to interview Oliver and review some of the reports that study this topic.

Spark, Storm and Real Time Analytics

by Alex Giamas on  Jan 31, 2014

Hadoop is definitely the platform of choice for Big Data analysis and computation. While data Volume, Variety and Velocity increases, Hadoop as a batch processing framework cannot cope with the requirement for real time analytics. Spark, Storm and the Lambda Architecture can help bridge the gap between batch and event based processing.

IDC Study: How Many Software Developers Are Out There?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2014 1

IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.

Presto-as-a-Service: Interactive SQL Queries on AWS

by Charles Menguy on  Jan 24, 2014

Presto, a technology from Facebook enabling interactive SQL queries on petabytes of data, has now taken a first step into mainstream adoption. Big Data startup Qubole has launched its Presto-as-a-Service alpha with integration to Amazon Web Services.

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