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Data-Centric Security Rules

I just attended the Cybersecurity Summit in Dallas for the first time. I spoke a little on a small panel with a couple of customers about Voltage SecureData and Format Preserving Encryption (FPE). Then I got to go to other presentations and learned a lot. Probably the number one presentation that stuck with me, was Sid Dutta of Worldpay, the presenter who put the words “You will be breached!!” with double exclamation points on his slides, and said, “There are two kinds of enterprises, those who have been breached and know about it, and those who don’t know about it.”

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Paige Roberts presenting to full room with Zynga case study slide showing

DBTA Data Summit – The Rise of DataOps

The recent DBTA Data Summit provided a lot to think about. I did a short talk in the “Analytics in Action” track about how data analysts, architects and engineers can turn the endless waves of disruption we keep getting hit with into opportunities to boost bottom line. There were some very cool talks by other folks as well. For me, the highlights of the conference were Michael Stonebraker’s keynote, and the Data Kitchen folks diving into the principles of DataOps.

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Davin Potts, CEO Appliomics, Founder KNIME, Core Python Commiter

One on One with Davin Potts

At the recent Data Day Texas event, I sat down with Davin Potts, who I have known for many years, and had a long conversation about a wide variety of subjects. Over on the Vertica blog, I broke the conversation into chunks, but I wanted to put it all together in one place so you can see what we chatted about end to end. So, here’s all of it, from machine learning to open source, from Python to Knime, and why the heck DO we move data out of a database to analyze it?

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Orc O'Malley of the Yellow Elephant clan says LLAP

Owen O’Malley on the Origins of Hadoop, Spark and a Vulcan ORC

Owen O’Malley is one of the folks I chatted with at the last Hadoop Summit in San Jose. I already discovered the first time I met him that he was the big Tolkien geek behind the naming of ORC files, as well as making sure that Not All Hadoop Users Drop ACID. In this conversation, I learned that Hadoop and Spark are both partially his fault, about the amazing performance strides Hive with ORC, Tez and LLAP have made, and that he’s a Trek geek, too.

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Happy 10 Years Hadoop

Ten Years of Hadoop, Apache Nifi and Being Alone in a Crowd

Hadoop Summit in San Jose this year celebrated Hadoop’s 10th birthday. All of the folks on stage are people who contributed to Hadoop during those 10 years. One of them is Yolanda Davis.

Yolanda and I worked together on a Hortonworks project last year. She was in charge of the user interface design and development team. I caught up with her early in the morning of the last day of Hadoop Summit, and quizzed her on this new project she’s working on that you may have heard of, Apache Nifi. As promised, here is my interview with her on the subject of Nifi and the new HDF (Hortonworks Data Flow) streaming data processing platform, which includes Nifi, Apache Kafka and Apache Storm.

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Metron Eye On Cyber Security

Cyber Security with Apache Metron and Storm

A few weeks ago at Hadoop Summit, I caught up with some friends from the project I worked on last year with Hortonworks, including Ryan Merriman who is now an Apache Metron architect. Since Apache Metron was a project I knew virtually nothing about beforehand, I quizzed Ryan about it. The conversation evolved into a discussion of the merits of Storm versus Flink and Heron, something I’ve been meaning to delve into for months here.

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Holden Karau's audience at High Performance Spark preso at Data Day Texas

Interviews with Brilliant People on Hadoop and the Future of Big Data Tech

I have been doing some very cool interviews with brilliant people, usually at events like Strata + Hadoop World and Hadoop Summit. The intention is to use their brilliant thoughts so that I don’t have to take the extra time to come up with my own. Not to mention I get the bonus of learning new things, and getting the unique perspectives of folks who really know their stuff. Nothing like learning tech from the folks who literally wrote the book on it.

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