At this point, probably at least 90 percent or more of analytic systems/data
warehouses are easily contained within the SQL-based technologies that are
commercially available today. We’ll take that argument a step further: Most
enterprise data warehouses are less than 5 terabytes. So why then all the
excitement about big data, and why are acquisitions in this field becoming
almost a biweekly thing?
To refresh the memory, barely a couple weeks back, HP announced its intention
to buy Vertica. And this morning came the news that Teradata is buying the
other 89 percent of Aster Data that it doesn’t already own. Given
Teradata’s 11 percent stake, the acquisition was hardly a surprise. Maybe
what was surprising was the mere $263-million price tag, which Neil Raden
wondered facetiously in his tweet, “That seems like a real bargain. I
should have bought them myself!!! Or as... (more)
To date, Big Storage has been locked out of Big Data. It’s been all about
direct attached storage for several reasons. First, Advanced SQL players have
typically optimized architectures from data structure (using columnar),
unique compression algorithms, and liberal usage of caching to juice response
over hundreds of terabytes. For the NoSQL side, it’s been about cheap,
cheap, cheap along the Internet data center model: have lots of commodity
stuff and scale it out. Hadoop was engineered exactly for such an
architecture; rather than speed, it was optimized for sheer linear scale.... (more)
Hadoop remains a difficult platform for most enterprises to master. For now
skills are still hard to come by – both for data architect or engineer, and
especially for data scientists. It still takes too much skill, tape, and
baling wire to get a Hadoop cluster together. Not every enterprise is Google
or Facebook, with armies of software engineers that they can throw at a
problem. With some exceptions, most enterprises don’t deal with data on the
scale of Google or Facebook either – but the bar is rising.
If 2011 was the year that the big IT data warehouse and analytic platform
This guest post comes courtesy of Tony Baer's OnStrategies blog. Tony is
senior analyst at Ovum.
By Tony Baer
It was never a question of whether SAP would bring it flagship product,
Business Suite to HANA, but when. And when I saw this while parking the car
at my physical therapist over the holidays, I should’ve suspected that
something was up: SAP at long last was about to announce … this.
From the start, SAP has made clear that its vision for HANA was not a
technical curiosity, positioned as some high-end niche product or sideshow.
In the long run, SAP was going to take HANA ... (more)
Is it more than coincidence that IT acquisitions tend to come in waves? Just
weeks after IBM's announcement to snap up Lombardi, Progress Software today
responds with an agreement to put Savvion out of its misery? In such a small
space that is undergoing active consolidation, it is hard not to know who's
Nonetheless, Progress's acquisition confirms that Business Process Management
(BPM)'s pure play days are numbered, if you expect executable BPM.
The traditional appeal of BPM was that it was a business stakeholder-friendly
approach to developing solutions that didn't rely... (more)