Re: Pivotal, if nothing else, is executing fast
If "stolen a march" means it has done a better job of establishing Cloud Foundry than VMware could have done, then that's a good thing. But I would say that the data-management team has not been ahead of competing Hadoop distributions. Hortonworks and Cloudera introduced their distributions around Apache Hadoop 2.2 late last year and early this year, respectively. There's also the issue of HAWQ and GemFire XD not being managed by YARN as yet. Still to come also are elements of object storage from GemFire that aren't yet a part of the (mostly SQL Fire-based) GemFire XD.
If the data-management competition is viewed to be IBM, Oracle, and Teradata, then, yes, you could say Pivotal is executing quickly. I haven't heard a thing about IBM's BigSQL. Oracle is defering all things Hadoop to Cloudera and Teradata is doing pretty much the same with Hortonworks.