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Breaking the Mindset: Why Hadoop Can and Should Move Past Bare-Metal Deployments to Virtualization

Whenever we’ve dealt with something for a while, our way of thinking about it becomes a habit. Hadoop deals with a lot of data. Currently, the record is 100 petabytes in a Facebook cluster that analyzes log data.  Since it was built by the likes of Google and Facebook to deal with such large data volumes and performance, it originally was built to run on bare-metal servers. Since it wasn’t an option from the get-go, the notion that you can’t have that much data running on a move-able virtual machine safely has largely gone unchallenged.

However, as time has gone on, and technology has allowed for persistent storage on the cloud, organizations have started to rethink this paradigm. In fact, several companies are using Hadoop and big data today to gain competitive advantage. And while they are running it on virtualization, they are not moving the data. There are other advantages.

VMware’s Big Data product line marketing manager Joe Russell, spoke with Roberto Zicari this week in an interview on ODBMS.org that helps articulate why Hadoop not only can run on virtual infrastructure using Project Serengeti, but why companies should consider it to save time and make Hadoop more usable. Continue reading

Banks Are Breaking Away From Mainframes to Big, Fast Data Grids

The world’s largest banks have historically relied on mainframes to manage all their transactions and the related cash and profit. In mainframe terms, hundreds of thousands of MIPS are used to keep the mainframe running these transactions, and the cost per MIP can make mainframes extremely expensive to operate. For example, Sears was seeing the overall cost per MIP at $3000-$7000 per year and didn’t see that as a cost-effective way to compete with Amazon. While the price of MIPS has continued to improve, mainframes can also face pure capacity issues.

In today’s world of financial regulations, risk, and compliance, the entire history of all transactions must be captured, stored, and available to report on or search both immediately and over time. This way, banks can meet audit requirements and allow for scenarios like a customer service call that results in an agent search for the transaction history leading up to a customer’s current account balance. The volume of information created across checking, savings, credit card, insurance, and other financial products is tremendous—it’s large enough to bring a mainframe to its knees. Continue reading

What 10 Partners Are Saying About vFabric Today

When you are a software company like VMware, you are tied to the success of your partners in the field standing shoulder to shoulder with your customers, guiding them to a successful deployment. Their success and growth directly reflects your customer’s success as your own success in the marketplace.

Partners are focused on solutions that customers care about because it is the only way to stay in business and grow.  Today, 10 representatives from technology consulting organizations share their perspectives on how they are using the VMware vFabric Suite to achieve success with customers. Each includes a video or you can visit the full vFabric playlist on VMwareTV.

1. Modernizing Legacy Apps to Cloud and SaaS with vFabric

“In vFabric we see a very attractive modern cloud application platform.  So while spring and vFabric represent very attractive alternatives for new application development, what we see with our clients are is the desire to modernize and transform existing applications to take advantage of those same benefits of vFabric.  The run time benefits, the design time benefits.”—Chase Crawson, Director of Application Services, CSC Continue reading

Scaling Real-Time Comments @ HuffPost Live with RabbitMQ

Last week, one of the engineering leaders from Huffingtonpost.com presented at the Erlang Factory, a 2-day conference held in San Francisco with 50+ speakers across 8 tracks (not the cassette kind). Among the presenters was, Adam Denenberg, VP of Engineering at the Huffington Post and HuffPost Live. Besides leading the engineering teams for Huffingtonpost.com and HuffPost Live, Adam is also responsible for community products and advertising platforms.

By using RabbitMQ, SockJS, Cowboy, Erlang, and more, his team built a highly scalable, customizable solution for real-time comments based on websockets.  His talk, Realtime Web @ HuffingtonPost, was for developers of real-time, Erlang-based solutions—he covered architecture, lessons learned, pitfalls, and future improvements. The presentation objectives included:

  • Why they went with Erlang and SockJS for the commenting platform
  • How they integrated RabbitMQ routing to power the subscription architecture
  • How they managed subscriptions for real time channels
  • Their plans to extend the framework into an open source solution
  • Where they want other mechanisms for publishing comments outside of RabbitMQ Continue reading

Introducing A New Reference Architecture That Will Speed Knowledge & Development of Modern Cloud Applications

Technology is evolving at breakneck speeds.

Universally, applications are faster, deal with large data sets, and provide more compelling user experiences than ever before.

Competition is steep.

As a result, competitive organizations demand that IT leaders speed the rate of new application innovation and development.  IT must rise to the challenge or face competitive threats, missed business opportunities, and lose momentum within their user base. In short, IT leaders and providers that do not accelerate will face a backlash from executives.

In order to meet these challenges, IT is renovating application architectures to thrive in the cloud. This is an organization-wide change involving people redirection, process redesign, and technology exploitation. For many, there is a steep learning curve. Continue reading

Join Us at Strata – Feb 26-28 in Santa Clara

The vFabric and Greenplum teams will be at Strata on Feb 26-28 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

While the Pivotal Initiative is forming, both vFabric and Greenplum groups will be represented separately. Of course, you can also learn what’s going on by checking out Strata Greenplum or Strata VMware on Twitter.

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

5 Characteristics of a Modern Mainframe Cloud App – Avoid Tornado IT

No one likes being rushed into bad decisions.

Yet, the pace of information technology often forces IT executives to do that.

In today’s world, mainframe-to-cloud decisions need solid thinking or we risk a technology tornado. This article outlines some key lessons learned at the front-line of IT decision-making.

As previously discussed, it’s possible to “modernize” mainframe legacy applications to the cloud. You can get there with little to no modification by using a “lift-and-shift” strategy.  Several of my clients have taken this approach to quickly satisfy a “cloud mandate”. The results have been less than desirable:

  • Without the use of pooled resources, the applications do not scale well.
  • Timely user provisioning and access from any device is still a challenge because the apps do not provide on-demand, ubiquitous access.
  • In addition, utility-based pricing/costing is performed manually, with little accuracy to the realities of actual usage.
  • Most importantly, the applications continue to have monolithic, stove-piped architectures, which are difficult and expensive to maintain and enhance.

These “cloud” applications are more like funnel cloud apps or tornoado apps—waiting to cause IT organizations extreme havoc. Assuming you want to avoid funnel clouds and IT tornadoes, consider applying the following five application architecture and design principles indicative of a true cloud application: Continue reading

Build Your First Mobile App in the Cloud in 45 Minutes (Tutorial)

Two of the hottest topics in technology today are “mobile” and “cloud.” They are at the top of most CTOs list of objectives, yet they also seem to be the ones most shrouded in mystery. So where do you start?

With the video and do-it-yourself guide below!

This past year, at VMworld 2012 San Francisco and Barcelona, I ran a session where we built a complete database-backed web application from scratch using the SpringSource Tool Suite and the Grails framework for Java. Then, we published the application to Cloud Foundry—our open Platform-as-a-Service offering. Finally, we proceeded to build a mobile application that consumed the data from the web application built earlier.  I broke a cardinal rule by doing the entire session live, but it all went off without a hitch and audience participation with the application was an absolute blast. By the time we were done, we had built two applications from the ground up, and folks had an application that looked, smelled, and tasted like a native mobile application running on their phones. And, we did all of this in less than one hour! Continue reading

New VMware vFabric Postgres 9.2 Release: Install a Postgres Machine in 5 Minutes

Last week we announced VMware vFabric Postgres 9.2 is now available. This new release standardizes its core with the open source PostgreSQL and further simplifies the installation, operation and management of PostgreSQL for virtualized and cloud environments.

Installing the new version of vFabric Postgres using the appliance available on VMware website is straightforward and simple.

You do not need more than a couple of minutes to have a Postgres server available for your applications. It will be deployed pre-configured to simplify operations on virtualized environments such as the VMware vSphere server. The download will come with several install steps completed automatically, including:

  • postgresql.conf settings automatically tuned to the VM memory
  • SSL configuration on server side immediately available
  • Initial machine and database server accounts set up with the same single password
  • User interface to control both the VM core and the database server

In order to set up this server and that many interfaces all at once, you do not need to spend that 5 minutes in front of your screen, and everything can be done in 3 simple steps. Continue reading

Q&A with Shay Banon: 10 “Bonsai Cool” Things About elasticsearch

We are very fortunate to post an interview with Shay Banon, the founder of elasticsearch. Elasticsearch is technology that is very popular among some of the coolest companies on the web today, including  SoundCloud, StumbleUpon, Mozilla and Klout. These companies use elasticsearch to help them deploy powerful search capabilities in their applications that are easy to set up, scalable and built for the cloud.  In this interview, we get to learn all kinds of cool things:

  1. How Shay got into search
  2. How he came up with the idea for elasticsearch
  3. Why elastic search is different than other OSS search projects
  4. Example elasticsearch users like Foursquare, Brewster, GitHub, Sony, and Klout
  5. About the elasticsearch architecture for big data
  6. The strategy behind JSON over HTTP for search
  7. Connecting elasticsearch with RabbitMQ
  8. Connecting elasticsearch with Spring
  9. Connecting elasticsearch with GemFire
  10. Running elasticsearch on virtualized infrastructure

Without further ado, here is the interview.

Q1. So, how did you end up getting into search?
About 10 years ago, I moved from Israel to London because my wife was going to study to be a chef at the Cordon Bleu. I had no job. I was in a new country. I was unemployed. So, I started to get into the latest, cool, new technologies. Continue reading