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Webinar Recap: Pivotal Opens For Business, GE Gets 10% Stake and How Pivotal Plans to Deliver Next-Generation PaaS

Pivotal is now open for business!

Pivotal, first announced in December, is a new venture started by VMware and EMC that is focused on Big Data and Cloud Application Platforms. Formally launched as a stand-alone entity today, Pivotal is led by former VMware CEO Paul Maritz, who has been working as Chief Strategy Officer at EMC since last August.

In a webinar today, Maritz not only confirmed the new initiative is now a stand-alone business with 1,250 employees from VMware and EMC, but he also surprised listeners with an announcement that General Electric is making a strategic investment of $105 million into Pivotal. GE’s Vice President and Corporate Officer Bill Ruh joined the webinar today and said GE will hold a 10% stake in the new company. CEO Jeff Immelt also joined the call to explain This brings the value of the newly launched Pivotal to $1 billion.

GE also announced this morning that their Software Center is standardizing on several of Pivotal’s technologies, essentially being the first public customer to endorse the new company.

GE and Pivotal have also entered a commercial agreement to begin a broad research and development project aimed to advance new analytic services and applications that support GE’s vision of the Industrial Internet. In a press announcement from GE earlier today, the company detailed more about what they plan to accomplish:

Over the past two decades, technology has connected people globally and created unprecedented opportunities for business and consumers. In the next decade, the Internet will also transform industries like aviation, rail, energy, oil & gas, infrastructure and healthcare, connecting human insight with machine intelligence, advanced analytics and low-cost-sensing to drive new levels of productivity and efficiency for global industries.

The Pivotal and GE have established an R&D facility in San Ramon, California that is already in operation with over 400 hundred employees developing new ways for industrial and medical products to use big data. The distribution of ownership among the companies will be EMC will own 62 percent; VMware 28 percent and GE 10 percent.

How and Why Pivotal Formed

Last August, Maritz left VMware to go lead a vision of how to seriously advance the industry to make Platform-as-a-Service widely appealing to the enterprise and dramatically accelerate adoption. Basically, Maritz wants to sell you “Google in a Box”. He wants to make it easy for you to achieve Google-style engineering, and become the next great software company that much more quickly.

Pivotal is aimed at helping companies get enormous jump-starts on development, and make it easy for applications to scale across cheap commodity servers in public and private clouds. It will make it easy for companies to be more like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram without having to invent the development and production systems themselves. With Pivotal, they will have a highly-productive development platform and ultra-scalable production systems that deal with big, fast data inherently. And it will all be delivered as a service—ready to go when you are.

The appeal of this type of development environment will lower the barrier to entry for new innovative applications and right size the economics of investment for data center support based off of real usage. This idea is so appealing to companies and analysts that it is expected to be an $8 billion dollar industry this year—and will grow to $20 billion within the next 5 years.

Announcing Pivotal One: A Next Generation Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

Armed with products from VMware including Cloud Foundry, Spring, and the vFabric middleware solutions, and EMC’s Greenplum and Pivotal consulting experts, Pivotal already has many solutions in place. However, today Pivotal’s Scott Yara revealed a plan for Pivotal One, the name of Pivotal’s next-generation Enterprise PaaS that will integrate new data fabrics, modern programming frameworks, cloud portability and support for legacy systems.

According to Yara, in order to achieve the next level of productivity, this solution will have to be targeted at the developer. Pivotal One will improve developer productivity, simplify and speed how applications deal with large data, and enable true cloud independence. Designed for the enterprise, it will also allow companies to still use legacy systems and even improve their performance.

Yara also outlined another key requirement placing data as the top priority. Modern applications will need to build the access and real-time analytics of data into every solution. Pivotal One will be investing heavily into big fast data solutions including Hadoop.

The first release of Pivotal One will be in Q4 of this year. Components of the Pivotal One Platform will include:

Pivotal Data Fabric

Pivotal HD provides integrated, advanced data services by integrating the industry leading massively parallel processing (MPP) Greenplum Database with enterprise-hardened Apache Hadoop. With enterprise data services like HAWQ and Pivotal in-memory data grid technology that make Hadoop more stable and usable, Pivotal HD reduces implementation costs for Hadoop in all but the most complex environments.

Pivotal Cloud and Application Platform

Based on Cloud Foundry and Spring, building applications with Pivotal builds in portability, scaling, automation, and resiliency. Pivotal Application Fabric bakes in rapid application development for messaging, application services and database services with the Spring developer ecosystem and analytic and visualization instrumentation. This platform will also feature other products acquired from VMware’s portfolio including Groovy, Grails, GemFire, SQLFire, RabbitMQ, tc Server, and Web Server.

Pivotal Expert Services

Pivotal Expert Services is the consulting arm of the operation that helps companies achieve agile development and sophisticated data analytics on a project-by-project basis.

Pivotal Labs

Pivotal Labs are the for-hire engineering team that are known for their industry-leading agile development methodology that have helped hundreds of companies to rapidly build and deploy modern mobile, web, and enterprise applications.

Data Science Labs

The Pivotal Data Science team is a specific team of consulting experts that will partner with businesses to accelerate analytics projects and exploit new value hidden in your data.

Open Source Support

Collaborative and customer-driven open source support and co-development.

Pivotal Open Source Software

Pivotal supports some of the most vibrant open source software communities in the world, including Spring, Cloud Foundry, RabbitMQ, Redis, OpenChorus, and more.

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About Stacey Schneider

Stacey Schneider has over 15 years of working with technology, with a focus on working with sales and marketing automation as well as internationalization. Schneider has held roles in services, engineering, products and was the former head of marketing and community for Hyperic before it was acquired by SpringSource and VMware. She is now working as a product marketing manager across the vFabric products at VMware, including supporting Hyperic. Prior to Hyperic, Schneider held various positions at CRM software pioneer Siebel Systems, including Group Director of Technology Product Marketing, a role for which her contributions awarded her a patent. Schneider received her BS in Economics with a focus in International Business from the Pennsylvania State University.

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