Thinking small about big data?

Big Data isn’t just “all the rage” right now…it’s real, it’s BIG, and if you are not currently using it or looking at using it, you’re falling behind!


Big data is really just data. So why do organizations continue to limit their potential by focusing on questions like “how do we store all of this data” and “what’s a different way to analyze this”?

This is small thinking. And it’s dangerous. Focusing on the technology and new forms of data in isolated and abstract ways will ultimately limit the value. Instead, organizations should be searching for ways to incorporate big data and data science into their existing capabilities. Preexisting business intelligence activities still have value but can be enhanced by adding new big data capabilities.

For any organizational change to succeed it must have broad support to maintain momentum. Opening up the data and making it accessible to the enterprise is critical to creating a culture that can extract the maximum value from its data.

Learn what’s true and false about big data, the right questions to ask…

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Mix & Match – Dell’s new c8000 changes ALL of the rules

I have something to confess.  Just when I think specialty server design can’t get any better or more interesting, I am proven wrong.  Even since Dell’s Data Center Solutions team was founded and kept coming up with more dense, more powerful, more efficient servers, I thought to myself that at some point we were going to get to a place where we just can’t do something so unique and so revolutionary that literally everyone you show it to says “wow…I really need one of those for <insert favorite application here>”…until now.  With the release today of the PowerEdge c8000 server, you can have your system any way you want it. Continue reading “Mix & Match – Dell’s new c8000 changes ALL of the rules”

Hadoop and Storage Area Networks

I get asked frequently why one would not use a Storage Area Network (SAN) or Network Attached Storage (NAS) for Hadoop, so I thought I might take a moment and try to explain why you don’t need external storage of any type with Hadoop.  Hopefully this posting will help you become more comfortable with the capabilities of Hadoop’s native features and optional modules and demonstrate that a SAN or NAS may not be necessary for you.

First of all, let’s look at the types of things you get in an Enterprise-class SAN or NAS as it pertains to what you might want with a Hadoop infrastucture: Continue reading “Hadoop and Storage Area Networks”

Big Data and Linux…what the numbers say

Unix is dead!  Love live Unix!  Oh the days when Linux arrived on the scene and I spent hours…day and night, hacking, compiling, recompiling, building, etc., because Linux was the future, and it was fun to create.  And, while I didn’t make too many New Years resolutions this year, one of those that I did make was to shut down my work computer at a decent hour, and that that included my reading of anything tech related as I have spent a good portion of my adult life reading magazines and websites off-hours until I could absorb no more.  So last night I was on Facebook at midnight Eastern time when I saw this little gem…titled “Linux lovers love big data” which is a survey done by the Linux Foundation.  Being a LONG time Linux and Open Source professional I just had to read it…break my rule…one time.  While I was not surprised with what I saw, I think it is a telling reminder of what many in the IT community think about what workload works best with what Operating System.

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The Year In Review…

I need to first apologize to my readers…it’s been several weeks since I wrote anything.  I had some personal business to attend to that kept me away from writing, and in that time, so much has happened…I don’t know where to start.  So rather than figure that out, I’d like to look back at some of the biggest stories of the year in terms of how the Cloud evolution started the year, and how it ended the year.  No…it isn’t a timeline approach and I am sure I’ll miss something as there was SO much that changed this year in Cloud.  But an exciting year it was, and an exciting year it will be in 2012.  At least until we all die on December 21st. Continue reading “The Year In Review…”

Big Data – The Gold You Are Sitting On

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2005 was a VERY busy hurricane season in Florida.  The area I live in Tampa sustained relatively little damage other than power lines and tree limbs.  While on the surface things looked good, there was another problem that we faced that nobody thought of until it became a problem…gasoline.  What was the problem?  You could not get any.  Why…without power, you could not get to it, and THAT was the problem!  We knew what was down there and that it would be good to get it.  We just didn’t have the method.  What does that have to do with Business Intelligence and Big Data in general?  A lot! Continue reading “Big Data – The Gold You Are Sitting On”

Cloud Computing and the Wheel

When you look at the advances in technology the changes in the past two years have been amazing.  The past six months alone have been truly revolutionary with the OpenCompute platform announcement from Facebook, the OpenStack announcement from Rackspace, Dell and others and of course, the new c5000 series and c6145 from Dell Data Center Solutions.  When it comes to turnkey Cloud solutions, the team at Dell Data Center Solutions also has full solutions around Cloud and Big Data with our offerings around Hadoop and Aster Data.  When you look at the opportunity to deploy on efficient hardware with a turnkey solution that is already ready for production (with room for you to add to it) the question then becomes why recreate the wheel?

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