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18 essential Hadoop tools for crunching big data

Hadoop has grown to stand for so much more than a smallish stack of code for spreading work to a group of computers. This core proved to be so useful that a large collection of projects now orbits around it. Some offer data housekeeping, others monitor progress, and some deliver

10 critical security habits you should be doing

Batten down the hatches It's a tough, insecure world out there, fellow PC faithful. Times have never been scarier, with website data breaches turning into regular affairs, programming flaws like Heartbleed popping up left and right, and botnets like Gameover Zeus infecting a legion of PCs, only to gobble the

Big Data Plus IoT: Opportunities Too Big to Ignore

Companies are invested heavily in big data but often need help from outside organizations, according to a new study conducted by Accenture and GE. The study, based on a survey of 250 business and IT executives at organizations with revenue of more than $150 million, found that 73 percent already

10 Powerful Facts About Big Data

Big data, however you define it, has been praised and vilified. It's many things to many people: a boon to scientists and retailers, but also an enabling technology for a host of privacy and security threats. Whether savior or scam -- or maybe even a mixture of the two -- big

12 Biggest Data Breaches of the Last 12 Months

Many companies have felt the effects of data theft over the last several years. It's 2014 and it doesn't look like the going is getting any easier. The technology sector seems most at risk with every week bringing the world another reported data breach. Recent security breaches prove that regardless of

Data storage — then and now

This year, the amount of data will grow to 2.16 zettabytes worldwide, according to IDC. By 2016, it will have grown to 3.77 zettabytes. As remarkable as we are at creating data, storage technology has kept up. Data storage is the fastest growing semiconductor technology. Tape storage, hard disk drives and

10 Big Data Myths Enterprises Must Come to Terms With

The worldwide enterprise software market, growing at a 4 to 5 percent rate year over year, reached a total market size of $342 billion in 2012, according to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker. This huge market, which may edge close to $375 billion this year, is being driven largely by

Cloud Computing: From its Early Years to its Current State

What exactly is the state of cloud computing here in late 2013, and what does the future hold? In this slide show, eWEEK, with input from cloud management and disaster-recovery specialist Egenera and a host of other experts, presents the following key data points about the current state of cloud

Stunning Maps Help Visualize Complex Data

You must have come across the slick, super-informative interactive map synthesizing big data. But did you ever wonder how all this happened? Tanya Buckingham, assistant director of University of Wisconsin’s Cartography Lab, says the spark happened about seven years ago, when online mapping was "hacked," and anyone could start making "mash-ups"