Ideas from Big Data Spain 2016

By Sondos Atwi @Sondos_4

On the 17th and 18th of November, I attended the Big Data Spain conference. It was my first time attending this type of events, and it was an excellent opportunity to meet experts in the fields and attend high-quality talks. So I decided to write this post to share a few of the presented slides and ideas.

Ps: Please excuse the quality of some slides/pictures, they were all taken by my phone camera ūüôā

First, Congrats to Big Data Spain on being the second biggest Big Data conference in Europe, right after O’Reilly Strata.¬†This year’s edition alsoBig Data Europe Conferences
had around 50% increase than last year’s!

 

Now let’s dig into the details…

Stratio @ #MesosCon Europe

MesosCon Europe was held in Amsterdam from August 31 to September 2 and a small representation of Stratio’s crew was over there.

Benjamin Hindman’s opening keynote

Mesosphere’s Co-Founder & Chief Architect Benjamin Hindman broke the ice with the first keynote.

Stratio team at MesosCon Europe
Alberto Rodriguez and Andrés Macarrilla at MesosCon Europe

After talking about the mesos ecosystem’s growth within the last months, he explained the nested containerization model and the improvements in the Mesos resource allocation. He then introduced an African nonprofit organization called praekelt.org dedicated to using mobile technology to improve the lives of people living in poverty. A representative from the NGO explained how mesos and DC/OS are a perfect fit for its cluster provisioning. The NGO has to run quite a few clusters where 80% of the setup is identical for each cluster and the remaining 20% is different. They therefore get the most out of mesos and DC/OS by deploying these distinctive features separately. The representative was asked what the Mesos‚Äô biggest deficiency is nowadays. He replied that they were struggling to find a persistence layer that fits their current needs (he pointed out that they are currently using GlusterFS as their persistence backend).

Monitoring the Spanish 2015 General Elections

We’re just a couple of days away from the Spanish general elections and Twitter is boiling up with campaign related messages. People want to have a say in what goes on in their country and they turn Twitter to express their opinions and feelings.

 

Social networks are starting to play a very important role in political events in Spain, that is why candidates from different parties are actively seeking to get the most profit from their presence in these type of platforms. They apply different strategies that allow them to connect with the people and, hopefully, gain their votes.

 

At Stratio we have been monitoring the campaign with our real-time data aggregation system, Stratio Sparkta, and with our visualization tool, Stratio Viewer. We use Apache Spark to to process the data and MongoDB to store it.

We have a winner!

Last March we begun the first Stratio Challenge. After many deliberations, the wait is over and we are proud to announce that the Stratio Challenge winners are Marco Piva, Leonardo Biagioli, Fabio Fantoni and Andrea De Marco, from BitBang.
We’ve had a higher turnout than expected, and even though we only had one prize, we want to congratulate, in alphabetical order, the answers given by: Alberto Vallejo, Israel Saeta, Javier Cruz, Jos√© Luis L√≥pez Pino and Juan Antonio Cantarero.
We look forward to bringing new challenges and hope you have enjoyed this as much as we have ūüôā

The answer to the challenge can be found here.

We were at the Cassandra Summit, from 10 to 12 September in San Francisco

The Cassandra Summit 2014 took place on September 10-12 in San Francisco with more than 2000 attendants. The summit was split into 3 days, with Training sessions the first and third day and Conference sessions with 6 tracks on the second one. The first thing we noticed after passing through the registration desk was how amazing the organization was. Smooth registration process, clear track and room directions, clear demarcation of themes: sponsors, tracks, etc. In summary, one of the best organizations in an appropriate venue with huge social network activity. 

Stratio at the Spark Summit 2014

The Spark Summit 2014 took place earlier this month in San Francisco, and Stratio was there! More than 1.000 attendees have had the opportunity to find out what the news are in the most active open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem, and they were quite a few!