At this month’s Hadoop Summit 2015 I noted two big trends. One was the continuing focus on Spark as an expansion of the big data analytical ecosystem, with main sponsor Hortonworks and most vendors talking about how they support, interact, or deliver Spark in addition to Hadoop’s MapReduce. The other was a very noticeable direction shifting focus from trotting out ever more gee-whiz big data use cases towards talking about how to make it all work in enterprise production environments. If you ask me, this second trend is the bigger deal for IT folks to pay attention to.Read More
I attended the .NEXT conference in Miami on Monday.Read More
We are seeing convergence everywhere in IT these days. AccelOps shows how convergence in systems management offers many of the same kinds of values as it does in other areas of IT - leveraged capabilities across formerly silo’d practices, simplified tasks and automation embedding best practices, and ready to roll deployment out of the box. ...Read More
Today EMC (the squared version) announced the acquisition of Virtustream, and the positioning of it as a new full EMC federation member alongside EMC II (storage, etc.), VMware, and Pivotal. Virtustream is all about managing mission-critical production workload-hosting clouds, and has both a software business selling management layer solutions and an IaaS business as a service provider. The obvious question is why do they need Virtustream when they have VMware who has been touting their journey to the cloud for ages?.....Read More
CTERA this week announced their 5.0 cloud gateway, which presents a compelling convergence play of distributed cloud-backed NAS, integral backup services, and now natively built-in enterprise-wide file syncing and sharing services and interfaces. Yep, end users get a fully secured endless NAS, local backup/restore to their files, and the global file and document collaboration they otherwise go around IT by using insecure public services. This really helps organizations address the broader trend toward the end-user driven"consumerization of IT”....Read More
At EMC World 2015 this year EMC made a bunch of announcements, but one of the most discussed, and causing the most head-scratching, was the open sourcing of their ViPR storage controller as the new Project CoprHD. Why would EMC give away the core automation component to their much bandied about “Platform 3” strategy?
According to the new projects FAQ - Making ViPR Controller available as the CoprHD project in the open source community allows customers, partners, service providers, systems integrators and even other storage vendors to download, expand and contribute to ViPR Controller’s breadth and depth of features and functions.
Some are of course judiciously skeptical. This is EMC’s first foray into open source. One cynic suggested that open sourcing was the best way to kill off an unwanted product…Read More