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The Big Data vendor landscape is developing rapidly. A number of vendors have developed their own Hadoop distributions, most based on the Apache open source distribution but with various levels of proprietary customization. The clear market leader in terms of distribution is Cloudera, a Silicon Valley start-up with an all-star line-up of Big Data experts including Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and former Facebook Data Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher. A new entrant to the market is Hortonworks, which was spun out of Yahoo in June 2011 and released a completely open source Hadoop distribution of its own in November 2011.
Providing effective business analytics tools and technologies to the enterprise is a top priority of CIOs and for good reason. Effective business analytics – from basic reporting to advanced data mining and predictive analytics — allows data analysts and business users alike to extract insights from corporate data that, when translated into action, deliver higher levels of efficiency and profitability to the enterprise.
That’s because, as the infrastructure layer continues to mature, vendors and increasingly enterprises are turning their attention to the real value proposition of Big Data – namely, deriving actionable insight via Big Data Analytics and Visualization.
Oracle will be considered a true player in the Big Data market if and only if it invests heavily in its new appliance, contributes to the Hadoop community, and truly supports its customers that want to focus their data management infrastructure around Hadoop (and not around Oracle). I don’t see any chance Oracle will hit even one of these three marks.
Chief executive officers, physician leaders, and boards of directors wield a number of responsibilities, quite often seen as more important than information security. Yet it’s important that leadership views information security in the same way they do other crucial tasks that help the organization function. All too often however, organizations at best appear to favor focusing strictly on compliance, as opposed to overall security.
Like IBM before it, HP seems to have come to the realization that satiating CIO’s growing appetite for business analytics software is a better business than manufacturing low-margin personal computers.
During its Q3 earnings call last week, HP announced its intention to get out of the PC and mobile device business and revealed it is in negotiations to acquire Autonomy, a U.K.-based enterprise search vendor that specializes in software to analyze unstructured text-based content.
Both moves, as well as its acquisition of Vertica earlier this year, indicate HP will focus much of its efforts – and bank much of its future — on the enterprise software market. Specifically, HP is hoping to ride the Big Data wave to big profits.
Attivio added a handful of new modules to its Active Intelligence Engine platform today that allow users to tap into the power if Big Data. The AIE Extreme Modules include connectors to Big Data sources, namely Hadoop, as well as MPP data warehouses from vendors including HP Vertica, EMC Greenplum, IBM Netezza and Oracle.
Also included are a new recommendation engine that analyzes user-generated Big Data to suggest targeted products and services to customers and a new classification engine that classifies documents based on pre-determined rules and categories.
The new modules, particularly the Hadoop connector, are important developments for both Attivio and its current (and potential) customers.
Malwarebytes is the company behind the most advanced anti-malware protection and removal software in the industry. This growing company has a unique story rooted in the experiences of founder and chief executive Marcin Kleczynski. As the story goes, Marcin’s own PC had gotten infected with malware and he turned to community resources to try and fix his machine. Frustrated with the amount of effort this had taken, Martin took to writing his own program known as Rogue Remover. This software was distributed to friends and colleagues and officially formed the company and product now known as Malwarebytes. Distributed by the “freemium” model, the company relies on the performance of its product as evidenced by its community ratings. This grass roots approach is what makes this company unique. Reputation and expert referral has led the company’s product to over 100 million downloads to date with no end in sight, adding users at a rate of a million each month.
Traditionally, compute, storage and networking capacity have been purchased as separate resources, with largely independent management structures. Indeed, in most organizations for example, the networking and storage teams have different reporting lines and are measured on achieving different goals. Again, by way of example, networking architectures are highly flexible and designed to accommodate new users quickly. Networking professionals often need to reconfigure the network to support new business growth. Storage on the other hand, particularly block-based SAN storage is a different animal. Usually once the SAN is hardened, storage admins don’t like to mess with the infrastructure and make changes to the system unless absolutely necessary. SAN managers are intensely focused on data reliability and integrity whereas in networking, if data is dropped it can be re-submitted without any major disruption to the business.