Big Data Review: Storage, Security and On-Demand Analytics

This week Dataguise rolled out new data protection software for Hadoop clusters, a couple of storage firms unveiled their Big Data new products, and Amazon made its Elastic MapReduce service available for government agencies. In addition, Oracle announced two appliances that ship with Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution.

Monday featured news from a Big Data security firm by the name of Dataguise: the company launchedHadoopT v4.3, the latest release of its encryption solution for Hadoop. This new version encrypts both structured and unstructured data via the Advanced Encryption Standard, and allows users to mask data one or more Hadoop clusters.

Also this week, Cirrascale announced that it has bundled its commodity-based CirraStor Petascale Storage Appliance with management software by Amplidata.  The companies claim that the bundle forms a highly scalable solution that is capable of supporting modern workloads, including Big Data and media files used by film studios.

On Thursday Nimble Storage unveiled InfoSight, a set of services that act as a centralized, data-driven monitoring platform. The toolset records performance, capacity and other metrics at five-minute intervals, and then analyzes this data to provide insights into system health and operating conditions. The solution produces predictions and reports that can be viewed from a cloud-based admin portal.

Nimble is not the only company that decided mixing cloud with Big Data is a good idea. Amazon recently made itsElastic MapReduce service available in the AWS GovCloud  Region, an environment that is dedicated for government agencies with sensitive and regulated data.  Oracle launched two new analytics solutions, the Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion, shortly after. The two boxes include a variable number of Sun serves, redundant Infiniband switches and power distribution units, and Cloudera’s CDH.