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“Above the Trend Line” – Your Industry Rumor Central for 1/25/2016

Above the Trend Line: machine learning industry rumor central, is a new recurring feature of insideBIGDATA. In this column, we’ll present a variety of short news items such as people movements, funding news, rumors and general scuttlebutt floating around the big data, data science and machine learning industries including behind-the-scenes anecdotes and curious buzz.

MapR Partners Launch Free Test Drives in Collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS)

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the converged data platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, announced that several MapR partners have integrated technologies with the MapR data platform and made them freely available for education, demonstration, and evaluation purposes via Amazon Web Services (AWS) Test Drive for Big Data.

Altiscale Increases Performance and Reliability of Hadoop and Spark Platform with Updated Altiscale Data Cloud

Altiscale, Inc., a leading provider of Big Data-as-a-Service, introduced Altiscale Data Cloud 4.0, featuring major upgrades to core Hadoop components, such as HDFS and YARN, and an expanded Spark-as-a-Service offering that supports all major versions of Apache Spark.

Bigstep Launches Data Lake As A Service

Big data as a service provider, Bigstep, announced the launch a data lake as a service offering. The Full Metal Data Lake is part of Bigstep’s Full Metal Cloud, the world’s highest performance cloud specifically built for big data applications.

Qubole Ignites Apache Spark on Google Cloud Platform

Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company, today announced the availability of Apache Spark on Qubole Data Service (QDS) for Google Cloud Platform.

State of Cloud Analytics Research Shows Category Poised for Considerable Growth

Informatica, an independent software provider focused on delivering transformative innovation for the future of all things data, announced the results of a new global survey of more than 400 IT and business decision makers conducted by IDG Research Services on the accelerating adoption of cloud analytics.

Attunity Launches Data Migration Solution for Google Cloud SQL

Attunity Ltd. (NASDAQ: ATTU), a leading provider of Big Data management software solutions, announced today a new cloud solution, Attunity CloudBeam for Google Cloud SQL.

Cazena Announces Big Data as-a-Service Solutions for Enterprise-ready Data Lakes and Data Marts in the Cloud

Cazena announced the general availability of two of its Big Data as-a-Service solutions that simplify big data processing in the cloud, Data Lake as a Service and Data Mart as a Service.

New Looker Blocks Make BigQuery Accessible for Company-Wide Analytics

Looker, the company on a mission to power data-driven companies, today announced a series of Looker Blocks for Google BigQuery that make it easy to build an organization-wide data analytics platform.

Numerify Closes $37.5 M Series C Funding Round Led By Tenaya Capital

Numerify, a provider of cloud-based analytics applications for the business of IT, announced it closed a $37.5 million Series C funding round led by Tenaya Capital, with support from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners and new financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Four Rivers Group.