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DDN Sits Atop the Scalability Spectrum, Making Hadoop Work for "Storage People"

DDN Sits Atop the Scalability Spectrum, Making Hadoop Work for "Storage People"

From self-funded start-up to a multi-million dollar company, DataDirect Networks is firmly supplanted in the Big Data scalable storage space. In an interview with our live news desk at the Strata conference today, theCube hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, along with Jeff Denworth VP Marketing, DataDirect Networks, talked about DataDirect's appliances, and what they mean for the Hadoop platform. "Hadoop wasn't really built by storage people. We're making Hadoop nodes faster and easier to deploy." DataDirect isn't the medium in the pricing model either, and Jeff says that is by design. DDN has a suite of storage appliances that serves notice... more »
SAP Snaps Up SmartOps, Optimized for the Mainstream Retailer

SAP Snaps Up SmartOps, Optimized for the Mainstream Retailer

SAP acquired inventory optimization specialist SmartOps for an undisclosed sum. SmartsOps is a Pittsburg, PA-based firm that has been developing supply chain software since the year 2000. Its solutions include a demand sensing platform that analyzes shopping patterns to predict how long inventory will last, and a supply chain optimization module that is compatible with almost all mainstream ERP systems.  These two complementing apps are offered together as the Inventory Optimization Suite, a package can be deployed on-premise solution or consumed as a service. SmartOps first caught SAP’s attention in 2006. Two years later the companies started collaborating on software development, and... more »
The Secret to WANdisco's Big Data Success? Products You Actually Want to Buy

The Secret to WANdisco's Big Data Success? Products You Actually Want to Buy

WANdisco CEO David Richards and Jagane Sundar, CTO and VP of Engineering of Big Data, have discussed the company's Big Data operations, its Hadoop distribution and their plans for the future at theCube, live at Strata 2013. The company - whose background is in data replication and position itself as provider of high-availability software for global enterprises - uses "selling products that customers are willing to buy" as a strategy for success that it has been using from the start and plans to employ in their play at the Big Data Market, CEO David Richards (pictured below) explained. WANdisco's entry into the Hadoop distribution... more »
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Co-Browsing is Part of Salesforce's New Package Deal for Mobile Cloud

Salesforce introduced a new application that allows help desk representatives to directly interact with users regardless of the platform they are using, whether it’s a PC, handset or a tablet. Service Cloud Mobile, as the app is called, is a subscription-based bundle designed for use by consumer facing companies such as banks and retailers. Features include a chat engine that can be integrated into existing apps, cloud support, and a set of community management capabilities. The latter functionality enables enterprises to support self-help portals where users can engage each other by exchanging advice on company products. The most noteworthy feature of Service... more »
Insights Lack Value Unless They Trigger Actions, Says HStreaming's Jana Uhlig

Insights Lack Value Unless They Trigger Actions, Says HStreaming's Jana Uhlig

Jana Uhlig, CEO of startup HStreaming, talked about the company's Hadoop-powered real-time data processing platform inside theCube, live at Strata 2013. The HStreaming solution helps companies convert big data into value by putting it through a strategy engine before being stored. The platform works over Hadoop to get data as it is generated, push it through the engine and then triggering the appropriate business process, everything in real-time. "It's critical that companies take actions on the data as it comes in," Uhlig says. Explaining the HStreaming take on real-time data streaming and how its method differs from competitors, Uhlig explained that... more »
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Packaged Applications Will Lead Analytics Movement, Says Revolution

Data warehousing has drawn a line in the sand and companies are becoming entrenched on one side or the other. There are multiple approaches to data warehousing, and Michele Chambers, Chief Strategy Officer and VP Product Management, Revolution Analytics has a respected voice in that vacuum. Packaging applications is the game changer in advancing data warehousing and what Michele believes is going to lead us into the next phase of predictive analytics.  Michele discussed the need for smarter applications in managing data warehousing for today's needs, during a visit to theCube, which is broadcasting live from the Strata conference this... more »
Greenplum vs. Cloudera: Nothing New in Hadoop War, But Can the Market Support Both?

Greenplum vs. Cloudera: Nothing New in Hadoop War, But Can the Market Support Both?

With Hadoop as an established framework for delivering Big Data in the enterprise, many companies are betting business on services and solutions for Hadoop deployment.  Wikibon's Dave Vellente and Jeff Kelly have discussed the big Hadoop war between distribution providers at this week's Strata conference, focusing on the Greenplum-Cloudera competition. Commenting on Greenplum's recent announcement of Pivotal HD, its new Hadoop distro, Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly stated that "bringing SQL tools inside of Hadoop is the strategy for the future," therefore Greenplum is on the right track. However, the functionality of this new distribution, Greenplum's fourth attempt, as they already have... more »
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DDN's hScaler is the "Best Appliance for Hadoop So Far" - Breaking Analysis

There's plenty of Hadoop fun to go 'round at this week's Strata conference, as Big Data comes into its own and companies find they're ready to execute on years of research and exploration.  DataDirect Networks is joining the party with its latest storage solution, which it says runs Hadoop faster and more efficiently than commodity clusters. The company credits this feat of engineering to a number of homegrown technologies that are included in the offering. The newly announced hScaler appliance leverages DDN’s SFA shared storage architecture to deliver an easy-to-manage, “robust and high performance server framework” that can improve analytics performance... more »
Hadoop will Move Data Warehousing Forward, Says Cloudera [LIVE from Strata 2013]

Hadoop will Move Data Warehousing Forward, Says Cloudera [LIVE from Strata 2013]

Cloudera is betting big on Hadoop. In it's fifth year as a market all its own, Hadoop has become the big democratizing force in data science, according to Charles Zedlewski, VP Products, Cloudera. Cloudera has invested big in open source, and in making Hadoop better. During a visit to theCube, broadcasting live from Strata this week, Charles sits down with show hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante to discuss Hadoop as a priority framework in the maturation of Big Data, and why it's become such an important investment for Cloudera. Moving data around the network and transforming in and out of the... more »
Skyhigh Networks -Bringing "Shadow IT" Out Into the Light

Skyhigh Networks -Bringing "Shadow IT" Out Into the Light

“Shadow IT” can be a real security risk, it can also present a significant support pain, even when your IT doesn't endorse any of it.  Enterprise shops have been dealing with this forever as computing and applications become increasingly commoditized and easy to take on.  Web services is one of those risks and an emerging company has a solution for securing these.  Skyhigh Networks, which was founded by a bunch of ex-Cisco guys and is based out of Cupertino, came out of stealth mode to announce their product at this year’s RSA. The mission of the company is to allow enterprises... more »

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