If you aren’t familiar with Strata, it is a great conference for those building apps in the cloud. Its focus is all about the future of big data and how to use big data successfully. Speakers include representatives from Google, VMware, Amazon, Microsoft, and many other software companies focused in the big data space. Topics include: Continue reading →
Next year is going to be even bigger with the Pivotal Initiative where several of the products covered on this blog will be following the new venture. This is still in the planning stages, so we will be expecting to share with you the plans for our products alongside the formal communications from each of the companies involved. (Sorry — no extra information is available right now)
As we’ve previously covered, data growth is quite unbelievable, and this means traditional database models are being stretched. On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM PST, VMware’s Joe Russell will be presenting on several topics related to Big, Fast, Flexible Data and how VMWare’s key data management technologies help companies overcome some of the key challenges with traditional RDBMS.
Attend to learn:
How Hadoop and new analytics technologies are allowing companies to use Big Data in new ways to gain meaningful business insights
What’s new with Project Serengeti, a VMware initiative to help you deploy and manage elastic Hadoop clusters in minutes
How Fast Data is bringing data logic in-memory, allowing for dramatic scale, reduced costs, and improved performance
How Flexibile Data, includng NoSQL and open source relational data technologies can improve your data model
How virtualizing the database layer enables a new Cloud Delivery Model, allowing enterprise IT departments to offer self-service data services elastically on demand, maintain centralized control, and operate within regulatory guidelines
From mainframe to client-server to web-based to cloud-oriented, application architectures have evolved. Now, the cloud services market will be over $100B in 2012 (source Gartner) and IaaS is set to grow 45.4% – extremely fast in a tough world economy. This growth means companies are prioritizing cloud services and evolving application architectures very quickly. From the viewpoint of our customers, we see five key themes driving change in IT application architectures:
1. Systems of Engagement
2. Pervasive Frameworks
3. Expanding Application Usage Types
4. Data Explosion
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On Monday morning, I had the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the opening keynotes with Paul Maritz, Pat Gelsinger, and Steven Herrod at VMworld 2012. Since my efforts focus on the vFabric product line, I was quite excited to see how our executive leadership team announced the company’s vision and hit on where vFabric fits in. For those that missed the keynote, it is available here. First, I’d like to say how amazing it was to hear Paul Maritz talk about how much virtualization has been adopted during his short tenure since 2008.
Now, there were three points made in the keynotes which explain how vFabric is a key part of the software-defined data center story, and I thought they were worth passing along to anyone that missed them. Before I mention these points, it makes sense to summarize the relationship between vFabric and the software-defined data center at a very high level. To do so, I will quote Steve Herrod in this software-defined datacenter overview:
“So, in the end, it is the applications that matter. It’s the applications that help a business make new revenue or be more efficient in how they are doing so. And Continue reading →
Everyone seems to be talking about “Big Data” these days. We’re bombarded with information in online and print media about the explosion of machine generated data, the petabytes of data that companies like Facebook and Twitter generate, and the billions of dollars of opportunities awaiting all businesses through the use of big data. We also hear about what seems an alphabet soup of new technologies to process and analyze big data: Hadoop for distributed data processing, R for analytics, Lucene for text indexing and search, Mahout for machine learning…the list goes on and on.
If you’re a business user, you’re thinking that big data could give you an edge over your competition. If you’re a developer, you’re excited about the many new technologies you can learn about. If you’re an architect, you’re trying to figure out how all these big data technologies fit within your existing and future infrastructure.
One of the most popular topics at this year’s VMworld is Big Data Analytics. We had an opportunity to catch up with VMware’s Senior Director of Big Data Analytics, Karthik Kannan to ask a few questions about this topic.
1. Why is big data analytics different than traditional analytics?
For one, dimensions are much larger. For example, when you look at data from multiple sources, there are additional ways to both combine the data and filter it. This isn’t just volume. Data comes from a wider set of sources like devices. Data is created at faster speeds like a terabyte per day. Data can change rapidly like in financial markets or on social networks. Traditional analytics are more about regular-interval reports on data that doesn’t change much. For example, “Weekly Accounts Receivable” is much more static in terms of the structure, schema, sources, and the data itself.
VMware is excited about the upcoming VMworld 2012 in San Francisco on August 26 through 30. The VMworld team published the Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Come to VMworld, including getting the inside information on what’s next, hands-on training, and meeting the industry luminaries that this event attracts. However, some may not glean from this list that VMworld is aimed not just at virtualization infrastructure teams, but at app teams as well. While VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud technologies, we are also squarely focused on helping customers build apps that are optimized to run on this infrastructure, and the vFabric team’s presence at VMworld this year underscores this fact in spades.
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1. Knowledge. If you develop with Spring or intend to virtualize Java, you will gain enough insights on VMware’s vFabric application stack to impact your career for several years.
2. Customer roundtables. We are looking to bring together a variety of vFabric users with their peers and our product leaders to hear and provide feedback on our product roadmaps, use cases, and suggestions that will help define our upcoming products.
3. One-on-one interviews and testimonials. We want to hear from you! Meet with our product representatives and tell us your vFabric experience. Sharing your achievements adds to the community, builds respect with your peers, and can even earn you some special rewards from VMware itself.
Despite a troubled world economy, the data needed to run financial services keeps getting faster, bigger, more global, and more diverse.
As a result, there are new challenges to remaining nimble – quickly harnessing data in new ways to seize business opportunity, and to holistically manage risk.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the challenges that are spurring innovation and forcing change in Financial Services Application and Data Architectures. In a related session at VMworld, (US session APP-CAP3080 – Big Data, Fast Data in the Cloud Ready Front Office), you’ll hear more about our work to provide high performance, cost effective solutions to address 5 key challenges to managing financial services data.