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The 10 Coolest Big Data Products Of 2014

Big data remained one of the most dynamic segments of the IT industry in 2014, with new products for data management and business analytics seemingly hitting the market every day. Here are 10 that we think made the biggest splash this year.

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Apache Spark

Apache Spark is a powerful in-memory, data-processing engine that's getting a lot of attention in the big data arena.

The open-source Spark turbo-charges big data platforms like Hadoop or runs on a stand-alone basis. While Hadoop is a de facto standard for big data computing, it has its shortcomings, including its reliance on the MapReduce architecture that's more suitable for batch-processing rather than working with realtime, streaming data.

Developed by the Apache Software Foundation, Spark can run large-scale data-processing applications 100 times faster than Hadoop MapReduce. Spark 1.0 was released in May, and Spark 1.1.1 is the current release.

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