VMware demonstrated significant momentum in the growth and productivity of its partner ecosystem at the company’s annual Partner Exchange gathering.Read More
Today MapR and HP Vertica are rolling out an exciting joint integration, nicely addressing full SQL-on-Hadoop use cases. Vertica is now runnable, actually “pluggable”, on and into MapR’s enterprise quality Hadoop distribution. This is an interesting feat that depends highly on MapR’s unique implementation of enterprise grade storage in place of the open source HDFS guts.Read More
Concurrent, the folks behind Cascading, have today announced the beta of “Driven” - an Application Performance Management solution for Hadoop. APM has been sorely missing from the Hadoop ecosystem at a level in which developers, IT ops, and even end users can quickly get to the bottom of any issues….
...While “free-for-development” Driven seems a no-brainer for Cascading developers, and should help to drive Cascading adoption even faster, we expect the big impact of Driven’s APM to really be with IT and Dev operations folks who have to manage large data processing solutions in production…
Storage experts know that there are two ways to handle crushing data growth - the kind of growth that exceeds our traditional scale-up storage array capabilities. The bad way is to keep plopping down more copies of those arrays which tends to spiral OPEX out of control ... The better way depends on looking for solutions that might include things ... that not only improve the relatively linear CAPEX per unit of data, but change the OPEX curve downwards as storage scales out…
As storage requirements grow beyond even scale-out arrays, perhaps across data centers and geos, and need to support mixed services, multi-stage workflows and arbitrary lifecycles, the monster of complexity once again arises and OPEX ramps back up. This is where we think EMC is going with the roll out of ViPR. ViPR is a slippery thing to get a handle on because it’s not just storage virtualization, but provides some real software defined storage opportunities as well. We are looking at it as more of a possible future storage platform than simply as a bit of storage indirection…Read More
I just had the pleasure of sitting with Rob Whitely from Riverbed and Michelle Tidwell from IBM to discuss their solution that combines IBM enterprise class storage in the data center with Riverbed Granite in branch locations. Together, the result is as if you had enterprise class storage in each branch location, but really all data is managed and protected in the data center. And each branch gains resiliency to network failures and local storage performance. See the video of our talk…Read More
HP announced a series of new products and a ton of enhancements to existing storage products at their Discover event in Barcelona on December 9, 2013. HP had pre-briefed us on these. Here are my very brief observations about these products and their relevance to HP, its competitors and to its customers.
HP announced the following:
1. New models of StoreOnce backup and restore appliance
2. An Object interface to their archival product line, StoreAll
3. New all-flash versions of their 3-PAR-based storage arrays, along with a variety of enhancements, especially in QoS capabilities for these system