Learn the Latest in Big Data Technology

On Tuesday, December 9, leaders from industry, government and academia are joining together to discuss the latest developments with big data technologies, usage and analytics Cloudera and Carahsoft will sponsor the Tidewater Big Data Event, which will include presentations, lightning talks and demonstrations from big data experts. The event will take place from 8:30-4 at the Marriot at City Center in Newport News, Virginia (Register here). Speakers include:

  • George Hsieh: Dr. Hsieh, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Norfolk State University (NSU), will focus on the topic of building a cloud computing and big data infrastructure for cybersecurity research and education. During the past 18 months, the NSU team has steadily ramped up its knowledge base in working with Hadoop and other big data platforms and tools.
  • Manjula Ambur: Ms. Ambur, Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA Langley Research Center, will discuss the NASA Langley Big Data strategy and initiatives. Recently NASA Langley Research Center has developed a big data analytics and machine intelligence strategy enabling them to take advantage of specific transformational technologies for enhanced mission success and innovation.

The event comes at an important time, as agencies across all levels of government are looking to capitalize on big data. Cloudera cites that 70 percent of all agency leaders believe that big data will play a critical role to meet mission objectives in the next five years.

And for government agencies, now is truly the time to re-think their big data strategy. To continue to meet their missions, dozens of agencies are considering strategies to centrally manage and store their data.

That’s why agencies are turning to the enterprise data hub (EDH). An EDH architecture allows agencies to store data safely and securely in its original fidelity and bring a wide array of computing resources directly to this data, while integrating with existing infrastructures. This gives agencies the needed flexibility to run various workloads like batch processing, advanced analytics, or interactive SQL together in their EDH, yet also work with existing investments and skill sets.

As more agencies adopt the EDH architecture, it’s clear that they are committing to becoming more information-driven. And by centralizing data with an EDH, agencies are able to become more effective and efficient in delivering solutions to agencies. In our industry perspective, The Foundation for Data Innovation, we explain the benefits of the EDH, below is an excerpt from the report:

“One of the major challenges is centrally managing data, from disparate locations and various file types. That’s why so many agencies are looking to the EDH as a means to centralize their data. In doing so, agencies have witnessed significant reductions in the costs of data management — partly due to the reduced duplication of data – and can now have information available to multiple users. The key to the EDH is that it is a native, yet open, scalable data architecture that is shared by multiple computing frameworks. This architecture is what has separated EDH from previous data management models. The EDH is driving many benefits for government agencies, such as:

  1. Shared resources, systems, memory and data sets
  2. Minimal data movement
  3. Mitigated synchronization issues
  4. Very straightforward data acquisition
  5. Centralized multipurpose workloads
  6. Centralized processing
  7. No incremental costs for new computing
  8. Easy provision of new data

These benefits are helping agencies to unlock new insights from information. But an often-overlooked benefit of the EDH is that the architecture consolidates not only contemporary data, but also historical data. This gives government the ability to capture data in real time, and measure against former trends. This is because the EDH architecture allows organizations to quickly and easily integrate with existing legacy systems.”

These benefits and the power of the EDH will be explored at the event. By joining your peers on Tuesday, December 9, you’ll be able to learn more about the power of big data and the importance of the EDH. Register here for the event.



Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management with the first unified Platform for Big Data: The Enterprise Data Hub. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, process and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Learn more here.


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