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Unifying SQL and Hadoop: Hadapt's War-Winning Strategy

Unifying SQL and Hadoop: Hadapt's War-Winning Strategy

theCube invited Scott Howser, VP Marketing Hadapt, to discuss the startup's progress thus far and their opinion on the big "Hadoop War" conversation going on right now, started by Greenplum's aggressive announcement on Pivotal HD. In a live interview at Strata 2013, Howser stated that Hadapt believes "the worlds of SQL and Hadoop will converge" sometime into the future. Therefore, Hadapt's efforts to bringing SQL to Hadoop have presented the company a privileged position in the market. Asked to comment on Greenplum's statements that it has a more mature database, developed over the past 11 years, while Hadapt is the new kid on the block, Howser pointed... more »
RSA Keynote: Big Data Set To Evolve Into “Big Intelligence”

RSA Keynote: Big Data Set To Evolve Into “Big Intelligence”

The Big Data era has arrived and IT teams will have to welcome it with open arms if they’re to be successful in heading off a new breed of security threats, says RSA’s Executive Vice President Art Coviello. Speaking at his keynote during the 22nd annual RSA Conference yesterday, Coviello spoke of his belief that Big Data is set to transform the way in which enterprises architect and manage their IT security. And this can only be a good thing, insists Coviello, for Big Data will finally help the “good guys” to move one step ahead of the “bad guys”. According to... more »
We Did Not Intend to Take an Aggressive Stance: Greenplum's Take on Hadoop War

We Did Not Intend to Take an Aggressive Stance: Greenplum's Take on Hadoop War

Josh Klahr, VP of Product Management, discussed the recent EMC Greenplum announcement on Pivotal HD inside theCube, live at Strata 2013. While it is true that Greenplum delayed the Pivotal HD announcement which consisted of bringing SQL to Hadoop, Klahr explained that the new release is based a year-and-a-half of technology development to bring parallel database technology to Hadoop. "It takes a long time to build scalable query processing," Klahr said, this being an area where Greenplum excelled and turned it into a differentiator. Commenting on the aggressive stance against industry rivals like Cloudera's Impala, and Hive, the Greenplum VB stated that "the... more »
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Data Has Gravity. Which Open Source Frameworks are Best for Moving Heavy, Big Data?

There are few better individuals to talk to about open source than Rishi Yadav. As a self-proclaimed open source purist, his company InfoObjects works with only open source software, never proprietary. Yadav sat down with SiliconAngle founder John Furrier and Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante on our live broadcast program, theCube, to discuss his opinion on a lot of the key players in the Hadoop marketplace. Throughout the interview, Yadav explained that he thinks that there is fragmentation in the marketplace and that is slowing down innovation and more importantly purchases. He likened it to, "if everyone has their own taste, the... more »
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Day 1 @ Strata: New Hadoop Distros, and Cloud Convergence

The Big Data whales are circling around each other at this week’s Strata conference. Three vendors announced new Hadoop flavors, and two major solution providers unveiled products that can help enterprises realize a return on their analytics software. All about Hadoop Greenplum introduced a new distribution called Pivotal HD, a near real time analytics engine that challenges with Cloudera’s Impala. Pivotal represents the EMC subsidiary’s fourth, and possibly most ambitious attempt to gain a substantial foothold in this market. We’ll see how the market reacts to the platform in the coming months. Cloudera also announced a new product at Strata. The company that... more »
New Products Looking Glim and Glam's IPO - Social News Roundup

New Products Looking Glim and Glam's IPO - Social News Roundup

  New Google Plus Sign-In Initiative   Also known as single-login, these services allow users to sign-in to websites and mobile applications using the sign in credentials of their social network of choice. Single login services have become quite popular, because it saves time for the developer, who no longer needs to create a unique authentication mechanism for their app and users benefit because they no longer need to keep track of multiple account names for all the various websites and apps they use. Google Plus Sign-In is already live, and developers wishing to capitalize on these new abilities can begin integrating them immediately.   PayPal Founders Have... more »
The Real-Time Advantage of Cassandra Over Hadoop: Insight vs. Unworthy Data

The Real-Time Advantage of Cassandra Over Hadoop: Insight vs. Unworthy Data

Tim Moreton, the chief technology officer of Acunu Analytics, hopped into theCube yesterday afternoon at this year's first Strata event to talk about his startup, and explain the value of real-time analytics for the enterprise (full video below). Acunu created a real-time data crunching engine for Cassandra, an increasingly popular distributed database available under the Apache license. The offering, which will be announced next week, offers advanced data structuring and querying capabilities that client organizations can’t develop on their own. Moreton claims that the market for this solution is huge:  most Fortune 500 companies have deployed Cassandra in their production environments, he says,... more »
Big Data PaaS Provider Continuuity Announces Developer Suite and Sandbox

Big Data PaaS Provider Continuuity Announces Developer Suite and Sandbox

Today Big Data application fabric provider Continuuity announces the public beta for the company’s developer suite and application sandbox enabling PaaS Big Data. October of last year saw commentary on the SDK and other developer tools released by Continuuity into private beta and now much of that hard work is coming to a head for the community. Today’s announcement opens into two important highlights: the release of Continuuity’s runtime (called AppFabric) along with the development framework to use it and the release of a developer sandbox that permits same-as-production testing of Big Data applications on the AppFabric. “With the combination of our... more »
Google Says There’s No Need For Retail Stores, But There Really Is

Google Says There’s No Need For Retail Stores, But There Really Is

Contrary to reports last week, Google has claimed that it doesn’t have any immediate plans to open up Apple-style retail stores, insisting that it’s perfectly capable of shifting its range of Nexus devices through the Play Store. During a roundtable at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona earlier today, Google’s Android chief Andy Rubin iterated his belief that consumers no longer need to walk into a physical store to get a feel for new devices these days. Instead, he says that people can read up and watch reviews online, or even ask their friends. Furthermore, Rubin claims that Nexus hasn’t even... more »
The Key to Adopting Hybrid Flash Storage: Improve Endurance

The Key to Adopting Hybrid Flash Storage: Improve Endurance

Innovative storage technologies such as flash-based memory are shaking up the world of deep storage, forcing manufacturers to radically transform their underlying architecture. This work, largely initiated by vendors in 2011 and continued throughout 2012, is expected to accelerate in 2013 and reach to the entire stack of computer storage arrays servers. The appeal of hybrid-based Flash memory, for both businesses and vendors, can be explained by the asymmetry between the evolution of processor performance and memory and the hard drives, which have historically been the key systems storage components. Over the last year, we saw the early stages of the push... more »

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

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Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

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Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.