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The Weather Company turns to open source big data analytics

Antony Savvas | Nov. 18, 2013
Hopes to provide more accurate weather foroecasts

The Weather Company, which oversees brands such as The Weather Channel,, Weather Underground, Intellicast and WSI, has deployed an open source big data analytics system for its operations.

The organisation has deployed Basho's Riak, Apache Hadoop and Dasein to support its IT infrastructure.

Bryson Koehler, CIO of The Weather Company, said: "A massive data explosion is at the centre of our growth strategy. The Weather Company requires an architecture that is both flexible and reliable, allowing us to deliver higher accuracy through superior data."

He said: "Basho has been a valuable partner in our transformation and Riak has proven to be a critical component as the NoSQL distributed database powering our new platform."

The Weather Company has deployed Riak across multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) availability zones using Riak Enterprise's Multi-Datacentre Replication for ultra high-availability.

Riak is used to store a variety of data from satellites, radars, forecast models, users, and weather stations worldwide. The data services platform enables The Weather Company to expand its ability to serve professional weather services in major weather-influenced markets, including media, hospitality, insurance, energy and retail.


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