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12 Top Big Data Analytics Players

When data grows into the tens or even hundreds of terabytes, you need a special technology to quickly make sense of it all. From Hadoop to Teradata, check out the top platform options.
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Microsoft Scales Out SQL Server With PDW
Two and a half years in development and more than six months in preview release, the Microsoft SQL Server R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) was released in early 2011 to enable customers to scale up into deployments analyzing hundreds of terabytes. The appliance is offered on hardware from partners including Hewlett-Packard. At launch, PDW pricing was just over $13,000 per terabyte of user-accessible data, including hardware, though Microsoft shops can expect discounting. It remains to be seen how deep street-price discounts will go.

PDW, like many products, uses massively parallel processing to support high scalability, but Microsoft was late to the market and lags behind market leaders on in-database analytics and in-memory analysis. Microsoft is counting on the appeal of its total database platform as a differentiator. That means everything from its data lineage and budding master data management capabilities to its widely used Information Integration, Analysis and Reporting services, all of which are built-in components of the SQL Server database.

Microsoft announced October 12 that it will get into the big data, non-relational data world with a Windows-focused release of Apache Hadoop and a related SQL Azure Hadoop service. The Azure service will debut by the end of 2011 while the on-premises software is expected in the first half of 2012. No word on whether Microsoft will work with hardware partners on a related big data appliance.

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6/4/2013 | 1:37:49 PM
re: 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players
For data analytics software I would recommend Caseware's IDEA software. For more information visit their UK distributors at www.auditware.co.uk
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annestahl,
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11/27/2012 | 1:35:26 AM
re: 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players
We've been working with CalPont www.calpont.com - they created InfiniDB.
D. Henschen
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10/20/2011 | 3:08:15 PM
re: 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players
If there's one vendor I could add after the fact, it would be Actian (formerly Ingres). The Ingres database figures in data warehousing, but this company it pursuing high-scale analytics with its newer Vectorwise database. Gartner ranks it as a challenger and the customer ranks are growing. I hope to follow up soon with a customer case example. Also check the TCP-H rankings, as Actian says they've blown the doors off previous records. -- Doug Henschen
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10/19/2011 | 8:23:44 PM
re: 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players
Analytic's software is so important nowadays - data typically doubles every 18 months and with real-time information being requested at all times it doesn't surprise me how competitive the environment is, and thankfully there is some great software out there.

Thanks for the article

Peter

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Leo Regulus
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10/18/2011 | 8:14:18 PM
re: 12 Top Big Data Analytics Players
I didn't really need this article anyways. Took a look out of curiosity. Finding a 'Slide Show', I just left this note for anyone that may care, and dumped it.
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