Best Infrastructure Technology Innovations: 2010 Wikibon CTO Awards

2010 Wikibon CTO Awards: Apple iPad

In 2010, key trends in infrastructure technology innovation included big data, cloud services, simplicity, virtualization, NAND flash, and data efficiency. We discuss these trends and core technology innovations in our Wikibon article, Best Enterprise Infrastructure Technology Innovations of 2010 and chose our Wikibon 2010 CTO award winners here.

Wikibon CTO Winners: Best Infrastructure Technology Innovations of 2010

Apple – for introducing the iPAD and the MacBook Air, both of which are important to the enterprise data center because they represent new breakthroughs in ease-of-use (with a multi-touch screen for the iPad), and the use of flash technology to improve response time and to provide always-on capabilities for both devices. These devices are bringing in a revolution both in the clients that enterprises have to support and the amazing richness of function and quantity of data, and ease-of-use that users will rapidly grow to expect from all applications. Categories: NAND Flash, Simplicity

Fusion-io – for continuous innovation to enable flash as an extension of the processors main memory rather that a storage disk-drive. Its VSL architecture allows applications and operating system functions to execute a persistent write to flash in a single pass, thus improving performance and latency by a factor of 10 over disk solutions and heralding levels of performance, richness of data, and ease-of-use than are impossible in disk-based systems. Categories: NAND Flash, Simplicity

Here is a look at the 2010 Wikibon CTO Award Finalists

Asigra – for a new model of backup and recovery which is user-friendly both for clients and VARs. Categories: Cloud, Simplicity

Avere – for combining all the layers of storage (RAM, Flash, FC disk and SATA disk) both locally and remotely to create a very efficient global file system. Categories: Data Efficiency, NAND Flash, Simplicity

ClickFox – for developing a comprehensive set of big-data software and services to process the billions of data elements required to piece together the total customer experience for an organization from all the touch points with customers and enabling action to be taken on a quarter-by-quarter cycle instead of a yearly cycle. Categories: Big Data

Cloudera – for the first enterprise packaging and distribution of Hadoop™ , an open-source product used to store and process “big data” (complex, large-scale data with petabytes of information), often distributed across thousands of servers. Hadoop is in production use at most of the world’s largest Web companies, including Facebook, Google, and Yahoo!. A fundamental innovation behind Hadoop™ and other components such mapReduce, Hive, and Pig is that the application code is moved to the data rather than the data moved to the application code, making the technology highly suitable for distributed data sources. Categories: Big data, Cloud

Clustrix – for the first enterprise SQL database appliance with a completely different approach to achieving scale-out database architecture designed to meet the needs of fast-growing internet companies like PhotoBox. The appliance has identical nodes including software, processors, InfiniBand, battery-backed NVRAM and storage, the data is spread in hashed slices across the nodes, and the code pushed to the node to ensure that almost all locks are local. Clustrix has shown in TPC and other benchmarks that the database scales extremely well for “big-data” transactional systems that need the ACID SQL properties, but don’t need the high costs of traditional databases or the high cost of bespoke “sharding” that is currently used by almost all social media and other transactional sites. Categories: Big data, Cloud, Simplicity

Compellent – for continuous innovation in Tier 1.5 storage subsystems, the first to implement both automated tiered storage (data progression) and live volume, as well a pragmatic innovative solution to jump start remote replication with portable volumes. Categories: NAND Flash, Data efficiency, Simplicity, Virtualization

EMC – for introducing a single stack solution with VCE hardware and storage and VMware hypervisor and VDI software. Categories: Simplicity, Virtualization

FalconStor – for introducing the first fully functional read-write flash/cache implementation in a storage controller using technology from Violin, giving the same performance as tiered storage using one third of the flash storage and operating in real-time. Categories: Data Efficiency, NAND Flash, Simplicity, Virtualization

NetApp – for introducing in-line compression for primary storage as a complementary free function to its previous de-duplication functionality as an integral part of its storage controller ONTAP operating system, and making the efficiency functions available both to block-based and file-based storage in a very high function unified storage array. Categories: Data efficiency, Simplicity, Virtualization

Next-IO – for simplifying the implementation and cost of top-of-rack virtual I/O and allowing virtual graphics cards and network cards that can be shared by an entire rack of servers using native drivers. Categories: Simplicity, Virtualization

Oracle – for introducing a complete stack of server, storage, operating system, hypervisor and database as a single SKU, with a single update version, Categories: NAND Flash, Simplicity

Permabit – for the introduction of Albireo, a blazingly fast in-line de-duplication for primary storage, which has scored the highest rating on the Wikibon CORE methodology. Categories: Data efficiency, Simplicity

QLogic – for implementing by far the richest set of CNA functions and architecture in the industry, and jump-starting the general acceptance of CNAs. Categories: Simplicity, Virtualization

XIOtech – for introducing an order of magnitude improvement in the growing problem of data corruption on disk drives with the introduction of its ISE (Intelligent Stage Element) “brick”. Categories: Simplicity, Virtualization.

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