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Few companies are enjoying a better run of news right now than Cloudera. In mid-March the big data bell cow announced $160 million in funding led by T. Rowe Price. Less than two weeks later, Intel’s mega investment of $740 million is still a popular topic around our company’s water cooler (yes, we have a water cooler). The company’s latest salvo happened this morning while most of the west coast was still asleep. Today Cloudera announced the general availability of Cloudera 5, the solution that will drive what Cloudera refers to as the enterprise data hub. In short, the hub is a centralized platform where companies can store, process, and analyze all of their data and run any variety of projects. The idea being to make it easier to store everything and then use the data when they need it. Cloudera and Gazzang have a longstanding partnership with several mutual cu... (more)

How Do You Kill Something That Lives Forever?

Who doesn't love a good zombie flick, right? Hordes of undead ambling around in tattered clothing looking for something to eat. The low, drawn-out moans of a once-productive member of society, who now possesses the brainpower of a teenager on an 8-hour Call of Duty bender. While I don't believe the zombie apocalypse is happening anytime soon (at least not for another six months), there is another form of undead that is very much alive and well today. I'm talking of course about... digital data. We're at the point now where anything you do online leaves a digital footprint, whethe... (more)

The NSA Can't Stifle Cloud Momentum

InfoWorld's been doing a bang-up job covering the NSA spying scandal from the get go, and this blog from David Linthicum titled, “Let the NSA spy on us - We’re still moving to the cloud,” continues the trend. The Cliff's notes: In an IDG News survey, high-ranking IT executives in North America and Europe were asked about the effect the NSA snooping practices have had on their cloud computing strategy. Despite the furor over the NSA, these leaders are still committed to the cloud. Linthicum talks about the dollars and cents, that efficiency and agility benefits that the cloud pro... (more)

An Open Letter to President Obama about Securing Healthcare.gov

The following letter was sent to President Obama today by Gazzang CEO Larry Warnock: Dear Mr. President, My name is Larry Warnock, and I'm the CEO of Gazzang, a data security software company based in Austin, Texas. Our headquarters are actually right across the street from the Capital Factory which you visited this past May. I recognize that the healthcare.gov launch hasn't exactly met expectations, and yesterday's news about potential security flaws doesn't make rolling this out to the American people any easier. But what struck me is that the choices you and the Department of... (more)

Cloudera Has the Right Idea on Big Data Security

I'd like to address a recent blog post in CloudTweaks titled, "Cloudera Not Cutting It With Big Data Security." The author makes a number of very salient and valid points about Hadoop security… or lack thereof. Indeed the Apache Hadoop platform, which includes HDFS and MapReduce and other projects like HBase, Mahout and Hive, was not designed for security. The Hadoop name, for better or worse, is nearly synonymous with big data because it delivers the "three V's" (velocity, variety, volume) at massive scale, enabling organizations to crunch, process, analyze and retain data like... (more)