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BIG DATA
Greenplum Database Adds The Pivotal Query Optimizer

Today, we are releasing Pivotal Greenplum Database 4.3.5 with the new Pivotal Query Optimizer, the world’s first cost-based optimizer for Big Data. This new cost-based query optimizer represents a radical improvement over the legacy optimizer that has served the Greenplum Database well over the past 10 years. This post reviews how its modularity, extensibility and performance is different from other optimizers, and drills into its new features for query optimization.

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CLOUD FOUNDRY
Announcing New Pivotal Cloud Foundry Features

This month’s Pivotal Cloud Foundry release adds a host of new features that make it easier to develop distributed applications. New features are detailed in this release post including CLI plugins, a new session state caching service, and high availability for MySQL databases.

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BIG DATA
Pivotal HAWQ Lands In The Hortonworks Sandbox

When Pivotal first announced HAWQ would be available on HDP, some of my first thoughts were about how nice it would be to provide customers the ability to install HAWQ directly onto the Hortonworks Sandbox to provide them with a place to take the software for a spin. This post includes a step-by-step guide for installation for HAWQ on Hortonworks Sandbox.

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PODCASTS
“DevOps, You Keep Using That Word…”—What Is DevOps? A Discussion And History

In this episode, Pivotal's Andrew Clay Shafer and Coté talk about this history of DevOps—what it is, and how it relates to things like continuous delivery and cloud. Also, we discuss what it means to be a “learning organization” and some studies thereof that Andrew has delved into.

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DATA SCIENCE
This Month In Data Science—April, 2015

The impact of data science and big data technologies was felt far and wide in May, with applications ranging from determining the latest fashions, to sensor-connected lighting, and even to entirely new forms of food. Here’s our roundup of the biggest data science news of the month, both from within Pivotal and beyond.

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POINT OF VIEW
Pivotal Demonstrates Digital Transformation at EMC World 2015

EMC World kicks off on Monday, May 4th in Las Vegas with a focus on 2015 being the year of "digital transformation," during which social, cloud, mobile and big data technologies will converge to revolutionize how enterprises do business. Pivotal's products and services will take center stage at the show, with keynote speeches, product demos, and sessions demonstrating the role that big data, cloud technologies, and agile software development play in this significant transition.

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CLOUD FOUNDRY
New Pivotal Cloud Foundry Service: GemFire Session State Caching

Pivotal Cloud Foundry makes application development, provisioning, and general lifecycle management much easier on any cloud. However, data must also scale along with application session state. Pivotal GemFire Session State Caching is now being offered as a new service on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. With it, developers can manage session state across all the nodes and application instances within a cloud, whether they are added, removed, or crash.

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PODCASTS
Pivotal Conversations–So Isn’t Microservices Just SOA With JSON?

In this podcast, Coté speaks with Apiary.io Founder and CEO, Jakub Nešetřil. Jakub's company is all about APIs. The two discuss the shifts to microservices in terms of architecture and development, approaches to governance, API design, and the API economy's evolution.

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DATA SCIENCE
Data As The New Oil: Producing Value for the Oil & Gas Industry

During a webinar for Data Science Central, Pivotal’s Senior Data Scientist, Rashmi Raghu, discussed how apt the popular metaphor “data is the new oil” is, particularly within the oil and gas industry. Significant technological advances in oil and gas production methods are producing an ever-increasing amount of data from sensors, which companies can leverage to improve logistics, business operations, and more. Through a wide breadth of data collection sources and big data technologies and techniques, oil companies can improve efficiency, realize new business opportunities, and enhance decision making.

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BIG DATA
Pivotal Extends HAWQ, The SQL On Hadoop Engine, To Hortonworks HDP

Pivotal continues to make quick progress on our mission to make our industry leading Big Data Suite products more accessible and usable across the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. Building on February’s announcements around the Open Data Platform initiative, where Pivotal and Hortonworks along with other big data visionaries, partnered to create a common commercial core of Apache Hadoop® projects, Pivotal and Hortonworks announced today that Pivotal HAWQ, the SQL on Hadoop query engine that speeds up big data queries by up to 1000x, is now available on Hortonworks Data Platform.

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