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9 Key Big Data Developments From Strata

We analyze the important news from SAS, Hortonworks, MetaScale, and others at the Strata conference, as big data seeks a productive next chapter.

Easy alliances or powerful partnerships?
Alliances are easy to announce, but results are the only proof of powerful partnerships. We'll see if we hear more about these four announcements:

Hortonworks and Red Hat: This partnership is about making it easier to run Hortonwork's Hadoop Data Platform on Red Hat enterprise software and JBoss middleware. Specifically, the companies have released a beta plug-in for running HDP on Red Hat Storage Server to create a general-purpose storage pool with Hadoop, POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface), and OpenStack Object Storage interfaces. Red Hat has also tweaked JBoss Data Virtualization so it can ingest data from HDP.

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HP Vertica and its Marketplace: HP can't outmuscle the likes of IBM or Oracle on software, so it's opening up its Autonomy and Vertica assets as platforms on which third-party ISVs, integrators, and consultants can build big (and not so big) data applications. Autonomy's play will include a heavy dose of granular cloud services for "human data" analysis. The plan for HP's high-scale analytic database is the new HP Vertica Marketplace. It's a spot where developers can download the free, three-node Vertica Community Edition and tap connectors, add-ons, plug-ins, and extensions developed through an "innovations incubation" program.

HP didn't mention any prominent partners showing ware in the new marketplace, but it's own incubator projects open for partner development include HP Vertica Distributed R, intended to scale up data analysis based on the R programming language, HP Vertica Pulse, an in-database sentiment analysis tool, and HP Vertica Place, for low-latency analysis of geospatial data.

DataStax and its Partner Network: The short list on this new roster of "solutions, applications, infrastructure, and ecosystem partners" includes Accenture, Google Cloud Platform, GoGrid, HP, Pentaho, and WibiData. DataStax offers software and support for the open source Cassandra database, and it can run search and Hadoop-based analytics on the same cluster. NoSQL rivals charge Cassandra is complex, so it's no surprise the DataStax Partner Network is intended to promote closer-to-finished apps and implementations to put more feet on the street to "sell, implement, service, and support DataStax software and solutions.

GoGrid and friends: GoGrid says it offers the fastest cloud in the west, with a mix of high-powered servers, fast storage choices, and bare-metal deployment options that others can't touch. To put some meat on those bones it announced partnerships this week with Basho, DataStax, Hortonworks, and MongoDB, all of which it says cloud customers will be able to deploy in push-button fashion.

The enemy here is Amazon Web services, and GoGrid cautions would-be big data practitioners not to get locked down into its "proprietary" world of "closed" services including Elastic Map Reduce, DynamoDB, Redshift, and Kinesis. With third-party tools on GoGrid, you can bring the technology on-premises down the road or get into hybrid deployment scenarios. That option also exists with third-party tools on AWS, but you can forget about bare metal and GoGrid's high-performance options.

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Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of ... View Full Bio

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2/13/2014 | 11:15:37 AM
Big data talent
I am eager to hear about how the big data talent situation has evolved since last year's Strata conference. Anyone on the ground at the conference want to weigh in here?
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2/13/2014 | 11:30:44 AM
All Data Not Big Data
The industry has started to use "big data" as almost synonymous with analytics, no matter the size of the data pool being analyzed. Nice to see a conference organizer grounding things in reality.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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2/13/2014 | 1:02:46 PM
Seems smart, but late?
HP opening up Autonomy and Vertica as platforms seems like a smart move, but what do you think are the odds it can get the developer ecosystem at this point that it needs to make a big play? What's the benefit for a developer to buy into Autonomy's code vs. going a more reliably open route?
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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2/13/2014 | 3:24:34 PM
Re: Seems smart, but late?
Good questions, Lorna. I'd say Autonomy and Vertica have capabilities that aren't matched by open-source products. Maybe parts of what they do, but not head-to-head competition from purely open source products. Maybe I'm missing an option, though, so I welcome comment on alternatives.
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