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Software Defined Networking (SDN) dominates networking industry conversation today. The $1B+ acquisition of Nicira by VMware got everyone’s attention. Big Switch also received good buzz at the launch of its open ecosystem. While it is Wikibon’s advice that enterprise CIOs shouldn’t wait for the market to mature more before trying to jump into an SDN solution, one of the underpinnings of future solutions is available today. OpenFlow (which is only a piece of the SDN story) requires a controller and OpenFlow enabled switches. According to the SDN Central website, the following vendors are currently shipping OpenFlow-enabled switches:
With its Hadoop appliance announcement at HP Discover in Frankfurt today, HP is determined to bring its hardware and infrastructure management expertise to the open source Big Data framework. The AppSystem for Hadoop appliance is a single SKU box that bundles pre-tuned hardware, including HP network switches and ProLiant Gen8 servers, optimized with one of three Hadoop distributions from Cloudera, MapR or Hortonworks.
While the new appliance is hardly the first of its kind – EMC Greenplum, Teradata Aster, among others, already have Hadoop appliances on the market – HP’s version provides enterprises with solid cluster management capabilities that allow it to integrate with exiting infrastructure, a choice of Hadoop software, and includes connectivity to HP’s other notable Big Data assets Vertica and Autonomy.
One of the challenges to understanding cloud computing is that it’s not easy to visualize what the solution really looks like. Before heading to HP Discover, I had the opportunity to tour the SwitchNAP facility in Las Vegas. There are dozens of cloud solutions (including HP, EMC, Joyent, Nirvanix, VMware) hosted in the 407,000 square foot co-location facility, and there’s strong (e.g., guys with guns) cloud security. Taking the tour is a geek paradise – it’s like a James Bond villain stronghold: employees dressed in black, metal desks, red and blue LED lighting, and the most technologically advanced data center that I’ve seen. Switch is not only a showcase for the scalable, dense and efficient power and cooling of cloud solutions, but also has extra capabilities of a networking buying consortium and the US Cloud inter-cloud exchangeto enable lots of interesting cloud deployments.
Last week, HP announced the ProLiant Gen8 server line and the overarching Project Voyager initiative (see Wikibon and SiliconAngle’s full coverage here). While HP is the #1 server vendor, with over fifty percent marketshare, it has been under attack from Cisco’s UCS and converged solutions (through partnerships with NetApp and EMC/VCE). Convergence is about driving greater efficiency and application integration. HP spent over two years and $300M of investment on Project Voyager and this delivers on a broad range of enhancements that position HP well in the battle for convergence.
HP stated on a recent analyst call that its VirtualSystem best-of-breed integrated system is the “only real alternative to VCE” [Vblock]. While HP may have VCE in its competitive sights, all of the major storage vendors have been ramping up efforts in the converged infrastructure space.
While the number of virtual machines (VMs) that can be deployed on any infrastructure will vary by workload and there are many other capabilities (such as energy efficiency, cost, support, performance, and application support) that should be considered in evaluating stacks, it can be seen that not all stacks are geared for all environments.
A crucial component of the Big Data value proposition is the ability to bring together structured and unstructured data in a single platform for business analytics and application development. That approach received further validation last week when HP announced it had “combined” Autonomy’s enterprise search platform with Vertica’s massively parallel analytic database into a single Big Data Analytics platform.
When IT Consumers Become Technology Providers—A Vertically-Led Paradigm Shift Powered by the Cloud and Big Data
Until the conception of the World Wide Web and commercialization of the Web browser in the mid-1990’s, the IT industry was characterized by global monopolies that dominated the technology business. Despite the amazing growth trajectory of IT in the past sixty years, there really have only been two great monopolies in the history of this business—IBM and the virtual monopoly of Microsoft and Intel.
Over a year ago, I posed the question, “Does 10Gb Ethernet change the Competitive landscape?” Cisco has been the dominant player in networking, for over a decade no competitor ever captured even ten percent of the market. While Ethernet is continuing its march into new markets and new applications, the market landscape has definitely changed. Fresh off of VMworld, there is a buzz in the networking world around new opportunities and architectures.
The Big Trends
With VMworld beginning in Las Vegas this week, we are sure to hear all about new and innovative ways to expand your organization’s approach to cloud computing. “Project Horizon” was previewed at last year’s VMworld, a cloud-based management service that aims to establish a users cloud identity. With Project Horizon and the seemingly thousands of other cloud projects occurring, the demand for massive data centers is on the rise. As their need continues to grow, the immense power they use has become so much of an issue that metrics were created to measure how efficient data centers are. One of these metrics is Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a ratio of total amount of power used by the facility to the power delivered to computing equipment. An ideal PUE is 1.0, which would mean the computing equipment is using all of the power coming into the facility. However, a PUE of 1.0 is very difficult to achieve due to the need for lighting, cooling, and other various systems used in the facilities that are not considered computing devices. An additional way companies are trying to reduce cost and power consumption is by building modular data centers. The modular data center approach adds capacity as it is needed in manageable, cost-effective increments. Below you will see five traditional data centers that use alternative energy as a power source, as well as a brief look at currently available modular data centers.
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.