Tuesday highlights: Making analytics happen, starting at the storage layer

magnify search numbers dataIt’s been another eventful day in the world of enterprise computing, with a number of notable players rolling out new products designed to help organizations make better use of their data troves.

In the upper tier of the storage market, Violin Memory pulled the curtains back on the Concerto 7000, a rebranded configuration of its 600 Series all-flash array that introduces a much-needed set of advanced data services aimed at helping customers make more out of their hardware. The homegrown stack allows users to provision storage capacity on-the-fly, replicate data  among local drives and over geographically distributed networks and create snapshots of specified processes for increased disaster protection, among other things.

The addition of the software marks a major milestone for Violin because such capabilities have historically only been available in the traditional disk-based products it’s seeking to disrupt. But while the update is certainly a step in the right direction, it still remains to be seen how the array will stack up against the more field-hardened platforms.

Debuted today, the latest version of the company’s namesake platform promises to help customers address the seemingly overwhelming influx of information from the connected universe by taking more complexity out of the analytics lifecycle. Pentaho 5.1 allows MongoDB users to analyze data directly at the source without having to import it, includes a pack of automation utilities and, most notably, adds support for the YARN  resource management and scheduling technology included in Hadoop 2.0. That eliminates the need for users to deal with the nuances of the previous generation MapReduce framework it replaced.

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