YarcData Announces New Urika Software Release for Big Data Analytics

YarcData Announces New Urika Software Release for Big Data Analytics 
New Software Release Enhances Real-Time Data Discovery by Easing
Integration With Enterprise Data Analytics Tools and Improving
Performance 
PLEASANTON, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/26/13 --   YarcData, a Cray
(NASDAQ: CRAY) company committed to providing big data solutions for
real-time data discovery, today announced a new software release for
the Urika(TM) big data analytics appliance that delivers easier and
simplified integration with Business Intelligence (BI) and
visualization tools, as well as several key performance and
productivity optimizations.  
"We have seen an explosion in front-end tools for data discovery, and
YarcData's mission is to be the server back-end for data discovery,
similar to how MPP appliances were the server back-end for
traditional business intelligence," said Arvind Parthasarathi,
President of YarcData. "With our new software release, the Urika
appliance further accelerates the uncovering of valuable insight in
disparate enterprise data by combining scalable performance and
industry-standard interfaces with the existing analytic ecosystem.
Urika also eliminates the need for extensive data preparation,
modeling and knowing all of the questions to be asked upfront." 
One of the central promises of big data is the ability to discover
new insights and unknown relationships in the data. This poses a
fundamental challenge for many traditional analytics tools, since the
discovery process demands the ability to ask questions in an ad hoc,
iterative fashion, to add new data sources on the fly as required,
and to do all of this without modeling the data beforehand. 
"Urika enables us to deliver on our mandate to deliver big data
analytics to our world class researcher base looking for breakthrough
discoveries," said Nick Nystrom, Director, Strategic Applications at
the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. "Researchers come to us seeking
to discover unknown, hidden relationships in their data and they rely
on Urika's real-time response to their most complex queries on their
largest datasets -- allowing them to explore hundreds of hypotheses
in the time previously taken to explore just one." 
Familiar tools now enabled for interactive discovery
 With this new
software release, Urika now integrates with a broad array of
enterprise interfaces, including W3C industry standards SPARQL and
RDF, JDBC (Java DataBase Connectivity), JSON (Java Script Object
Notation), and Apache Jena. Additionally, analysts and data
scientists can now easily interact with Urika using a wide variety of
current and emerging third-party visualization and BI tools including
Centrifuge Visual Network Analytics(TM), and TIBCO Spotfire(TM). This
allows enterprises to deliver powerful new discovery analytics
capabilities to business users while retaining the familiar user
experience of their existing front-end tools. YarcData has also
formed partnerships with a variety of data discovery ecosystem
providers, such as Cloudera, Centrifuge, and TIBCO to explore deeper
integration and deliver a more seamless data discovery experience. 
Performance continues to differentiate Urika from other solutions 
Targeted performance improvements in the SPARQL query engine now
enable Urika to handle key operations on aggregate functions up to
400 times faster, further advancing Urika's existing
orders-of-magnitude performance advantage. In addition, a significant
improvement in memory efficiency enables analysts to load even larger
data sets and simultaneously run complex analytical queries to
rapidly investigate multiple changing hypotheses.  
New workflow features to support data discovery
 In contrast with
traditional analytics where questions are typically defined and fixed
up front, data discovery is an iterative process of hypotheses
validation. This means analysts need to track and build upon previous
steps in their hypothesis creation. With this new release, the
hypothesis validation monitor capability provides users with fine
grained detail across the lifecycle of hypotheses and their
validation results. Analysts can re-use queries, analyze performance
and investigate query results to develop and expand an existing
hypothesis or series of hypotheses in order to get to important
insights faster.  
About the Urika(TM) Appliance
 Urika is a purpose-built big data
appliance for real-time data discovery using graph analytics. The
appliance helps automate the surfacing of unknown relationships and
non-obvious patterns in diverse data sets without the need for
pre-modeling, partitioning or knowing all the questions in advance.
Urika includes graph-optimized hardware that provides up to 512
terabytes of global shared memory; massively-multithreaded graph
processors supporting 128 threads/processor; highly scalable I/O with
data ingest rates of up to 350 terabytes per hour; and an RDF/SPARQL
database optimized for the underlying hardware. Data-center ready and
standards based, Urika complements an existing data warehouse or
Hadoop cluster and is easy to integrate with existing analytical and
visualization tools. 
About YarcData LLC
 YarcData, a Cray company, delivers a big data
appliance for real-time data discovery, enabling enterprises to gain
game-changing business insights by surfacing unknown relationships
and non-obvious patterns. Adopters include the Swiss National
Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), the Mayo Clinic, Noblis, Oak Ridge
National Laboratory, QinetiQ, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and
Sandia National Laboratories, as well as leading government and
intelligence organizations, financial services firms, life sciences
companies, and telecommunications providers. YarcData is based in the
San Francisco Bay Area and more information is at www.yarcdata.com.  
About Cray Inc.
 Global supercomputing leader Cray Inc. (NASDAQ:
CRAY) provides innovative systems and solutions enabling scientists
and engineers in industry, academia and government to meet existing
and future simulation and analytics challenges. Leveraging 40 years
of experience in developing and servicing the world's most advanced
supercomputers, Cray offers a comprehensive portfolio of
supercomputers and Big Data solutions delivering unrivaled
performance, efficiency and scalability. Cray's Adaptive
Supercomputing vision is focused on delivering innovative
next-generation products that integrate diverse processing
technologies into a unified architecture, allowing customers to
surpass today's limitations and meeting the market's continued demand
for realized performance. Go to www.cray.com for more information.  
Cray is a registered trademark of Cray Inc. in the United States and
other countries, and YarcData and Urika are trademarks of Cray Inc.
Other product and service names mentioned herein are the trademarks
of their respective owners. 
YarcData Media: 
Tamarie Johnson 
TNT Communication 
503/345-9257 
tamariej@tntmarcom.com     
Cray Investors: 
Paul Hiemstra 
206/701-2044 
ir@cray.com    
 
 
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