Friday, February 7, 2014

Using R with Databases

developerWorks just published a great article on Using R with Databases by Grant Hutchison. R is a language designed for statistics and data analysis. A relational database can store large amounts of data, and is a logical target for advanced reporting and statistic analysis. The article serves as a good introduction for combing the two.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Get Big SQL with BigInsights 2.1

BigInsights 2.1 is now available for download. New in BigInsights 2.1 is the Big SQL capability, which is a full implementation of the SQL-92 standard running on a Hadoop map-reduce cluster. Map-reduce distributes SQL query processing across a cluster of machines, making it optimal for reporting, data warehousing, and OLAP workloads.

Also new in BigInsights 2.1 is the BigInsights QuickStart Edition. QuickStart includes everything in a clean installer and is recommended for learning purposes.

BigInsights is a distribution of the full Hadoop stack. A cluster of 64-bit Linux server is required to run Hadoop.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Big Data University at 50,000

Over 50,000 people have signed up for free online courses about SQL, DB2, and Hadoop at Big Data University!

The courses on Big Data University are self-paced and completion is marked with a certificate. Students support each other and can get expert advice in the forums. There is a range of subjects and levels in the courses.

As a site, Big Data University was launched in January 2011.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New free course: Query languages for Hadoop

Several new courses are now available on Big Data University. They include:
  • Text Analytics Essentials
  • Query Languages for Hadoop
  • Java Fundamentals
These courses follow up on the success of the Hadoop Fundamentals course, which thousands of students have used to brush up on their big data, cluster computing, and analytical skills.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Big Data Dev Day on June 15

If you live in the Silicon Valley part of California, you might want to check out the Big Data Dev Day on June 15, 2012. It's a good opportunity to meet other technical folks, exchange knowledge, as well as get started with a hands-on lab of Hadoop and text analytics.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Celebrate BigInsights with a free course on Big Data University

IBM BigInsights is a distribution of Hadoop, a framework for massively parallel processing of unstructured data. It has just been updated to

You can easily deploy Hadoop on Amazon EC2 and Rackspace clouds by using one of the BigInsights RightScale templates.

To learn Hadoop, check out one of the free courses on Big Data University. The latest addition is the Text Analytics course.

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