I had a blast last week at Strata/Hadoop World NY 2014. I got a real sense that the mass of big data sponsors/vendors are finally focusing on what it takes to get big data solutions into production operations. In fact, in one of the early keynotes it was noted that the majority of the attendees were implementing software engineers and not necessarily analytical data scientists. Certainly there was no shortage of high profile use cases bandied about and impressive sessions on advanced data science, but on the show floor much of the talk was about making big data work in real world data centers… I’ll certainly be diving into many of these topics more deeply, but here is a not-so-brief roundup of major themes culled from the 20+ sponsors I met with at the show:...Read More
Ok, who here has used their free Dropbox (or similar) account not just at home but at work? Turns out that most of us do that can get away with it…. As a problem for us end users - who here has run into the edge of their free file sharing account and wondered if they are going to be held hostage to paying $99+/yr for the rest of their life?... As enterprises wanted in on the Transporter “plug and play and we are done” approach to this problem, Connected Data today is announcing their Transporter Genesis appliance. Basically it’s a big brother that comes in a rack mount form holding up to 48TB. They’ve also added corporate-scale features….Read More
“Taneja predicted that 2014 would be the year of virtualized Big Data computing and BlueData is proving that out,” said Mike Matchett, senior analyst and consultant at Taneja Group. “BlueData essentially virtualizes scale-out computing, turning a physical cluster into a Big Data cloud platform with elastic provisioning and policy-driven management. Best of all, BlueData helps companies leverage their Big Data wherever it currently exists, wherever it is, and streams it in with performance boosting technologies to the self-provisioning Hadoop/NoSQL cloud. With this leap, companies of all sizes can now readily make progress on broader, more aggressive Big Data visions.” ....Read More
With HP entering the HyperConverged market it begs the question; who doesn’t offer a HyperConverged system these days?Read More
One thing is certain in technology - the wheel keeps turning from differentiating advantage to fungible commodity, and then eventually back again. Now we think the time has come for data center connectivity to arise once more and become a competitive asset again. Yep, I’m talking about cables, switches, and the actually physical connections that tie all our precious IT infrastructure together. We think Fiber Mountain is about to change the game here, and provide some real disruption to the way data centers are wired…
...What can you do with 2/3+ of your data center connectivity budget back in your pocket?
Oracle announced Oracle FS1, its first all-flash storage offering on September 29th at Oracle World. While there is much to study under the covers (which we will do in the next few weeks) it is clear that Oracle has thrown the gauntlet down against all-flash-array vendors, especially EMC and its XtremIO offering. There are essentially five things of importance with FS1. One, while it can be deployed as a true all-flash array, it is really designed as a hybrid, albeit with a flash-first engineering philosophy. Two, it is designed with four tiers, namely Performance SSD, Capacity SSD, Performance HDD and Capacity HDD. These four tiers are mapped to five QoS layers that are associated with application priority. This management framework is called QoS Plus. Three, the granularity of data movement between tiers is 640KB, compared to 1GB for EMC VNX1, 256MB for EMC VNX2 and HP 3PAR. Oracle claims for database workloads granularity matters and 640KB is much closer to ideal compared to larger chunks. Four, provisioning storage for Oracle and non-Oracle applications can be done with one click with FS1 Application Profiles that provide pre-defined and pre-tuned best practices storage profiles. Five, other Oracle differentiators, such as Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) and other data services available on existing Oracle systems are all available on FS1 and they are almost all free. According to Oracle, a single rack of FS1 compared to a 2-node version of EMC XtremIO configuration yields advantages in favor of FS1 of between 1.2X to 9.7X, along the dimensions of max capacity, read IOPS, write IOPS, 50/50 R/W IOPS, read GB/s and write GB/s, with the differences being huge in the sequential throughput dimension. Let’s look at these five elements in a little more detail below.Read More