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.
Over the past year, most of the major platform players have planted their
table stakes with Hadoop. Not surprisingly, IT household names are seeking to
somehow tame Hadoop and make it safe for the enterprise.
Up ' til now, anybody with armies of the best software engineers that
Internet fir... (more)
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 ... (more)
Informatica is within a year or two of becoming a $1 billion company, and the
CEO’s stretch goal is to get to $3b.
Informatica has been on a decent tear. It’s had a string of roughly 30
consecutive growth quarters, growth over the last 6 years averaging 20%, and
2011 revenues nearing $800 million. Abbasi took charge back in 2004, lifting
Informatica out of its midlife crisis by ditching an abortive foray into
analytic applications, instead expanding from the company’s data
transformation roots to data integration.
Getting the company to its current level came largely through a seri... (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)
When we last left Oracle’s big data plans, there was definitely a missing
piece. Oracle’s Big Data Appliance as initially disclosed at last fall’s
OpenWorld was a vague plan that appeared to be positioned primarily as an
appliance that would accompany and feed data to Exadata. Oracle did specify
some utilities, such as an enterprise version of the open source R
statistical processing program that was designed for multithreaded execution,
plus a distribution of a NoSQL database based on Oracle’s BerkeleyDB as an
alternative to Apache Hive. But the emphasis appeared to be extractio... (more)