Here’s our review of some of this week’s noteworthy links for big data:
@WalmartLabs acquires OneOps. @WalmartLabs – the technology arm of the retail giant’s Global eCommerce division, announced that it is acquiring OneOps, an application lifecycle management company. OneOps was founded by former eBay employees Kire Filipovski, Vitaliy Zinchenko and Mike Schwankl. With the acquisition @WalmartLabs gains the Platform-as-a-Service capability that automates and accelerates many processes related to environment management, application deployment and the monitoring of datacenter operations. @WalmartLabs also acquired software development company TastyLabs. Founded by Nick Nguyen, Paul Schachter and Joshua Schachter, the Silicon Valley startup developed innovative social and mobile applications such as Jig, skills.to and human.io. Nick and Paul will join @WalmartLabs as full-time associates, while Joshua, who also created del.icio.us, will join as a consultant.
Hortonworks for Windows now available. Hadoop contributor Hortonworks announced the availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, a 100 percent open source data platform powered by Apache Hadoop. HDP for Windows is the first production-ready Apache Hadoop-based distribution that runs on both Windows and Linux, providing a common user experience and interoperability across operating systems. HDP includes all of the necessary components to refine and explore new data sources, as well as extend existing investments in applications, tools and processes with Hadoop. “Microsoft is committed to offering the best solutions for big data, and Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows extends our efforts to provide big data customers with access to Apache Hadoop-based solutions,” said Eron Kelly, general manager of product marketing for SQL Server at Microsoft. “HDP for Windows not only enables organizations to deploy Hadoop projects on Windows Server but also allows for easy migration to Windows Azure HDInsight Service in the cloud. Customers gain great Hadoop-based solutions across whatever environment they choose.”
Tableau announces IPO. Tableau Software (DATA) announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,200,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $31.00 per share. Shares began trading last Friday under the NYSE symbol DATA. The Seattle based software company transforms the way people see and understand data to solve problems. The company was founded by Stanford graduates, and has helped business intelligence and data analytics efforts at LinkedIn and Facebook.
Concurrent launches Hadoop scoring engine. Big Data application platform company Concurrent announced Pattern, a free, open source, standard-based scoring engine that enables analysts and data scientists to quickly deploy machine-learning applications on Apache Hadoop. Pattern lowers the barrier to Hadoop adoption by enabling companies to leverage existing intellectual property in predictive models, existing investments in software tooling and the core competencies of existing analytics staff to run Big Data applications from existing machine-learning models using Predictive Model Markup Language (PMML) or through a simple programming interface. “Concurrent is tearing down barriers for mass Hadoop adoption,” said Chris Wensel, CTO and Founder, Concurrent. “With Pattern, we have cleared another path by enabling data scientists to more easily bring their work to production. When combined, Cascading, Lingual and Pattern close the modeling, development and production loop for all data oriented applications. The combination of the three is the application ensemble for further enabling enterprises to drive differentiation through data.”