Wednesday, 18 February 2015 06:07

ODP pivotal as Pivotal opens Big Data Suite Featured

Pivotal's Madra - open systems now a requirement Pivotal's Madra - open systems now a requirement

Big data vendor Pivotal has announced what it says is the ‘world’s first open source-based, enterprise-class big data product suite.’

Concurrent with the announcement of industry big data consortium Open Data Platform (ODP), big data vendor Pivotal has announced a new release of its Big Data Suite in which its core components will be released under the open systems model.

“Pivotal Big Data Suite is a major milestone in the path to making big data truly accessible to the enterprise,” said Pivotal’s Sundeep Madra, talking to iTWire by phone from the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

“By sharing Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database and GemFire capabilities with the open source community, we are contributing to the market as a whole the necessary components to build solutions that make up a next generation data infrastructure.

“Releasing these technologies as open source projects will help accelerate adoption and innovation for our customers.”

He was referring to the various Pivotal big data technologies that are part of the Big Data Suite:

  • Greenplum Database: analytical MPP data warehouse
  • HAWQ: enterprise SQL on Hadoop
  • GemFire: NoSQL in-memory database.

“Customer focus has moved from storing the data to unlocking its potential – demanding a more agile way to wield their data,” Madra told iTWire. “Pivotal Big Data Suite also offers customers an agile data solution based on open source software that can be flexibly deployed using cloud technologies.”

Madra said Pivotal’s decision to open up Big Data Suite was driven by a number of industry trends. “Open source is becoming an essential requirement for many new projects – RFPs (requests for proposals) are increasing demanding it. Mobile folks in particular like it – open source means they can add value really quickly.

“And Hadoop, which is open source, is really the cloud database pf the future, for structured and unstructured data. Users are on a journey, and we want to help them take it. Our key differentiator is our end-to-end relationship with the customer.”

Madra said Pivotal Big Data Suite will provide support for ‘bare metal’ commodity hardware, appliance-based delivery, virtualized instances, and now public, private, and hybrid cloud support. “In addition, Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager will be included to provide Pivotal Big Data Suite capabilities as services inside and with Pivotal Cloud Foundry applications.”

Pivotal Big Data Suite includes several new data services:

  • Big Data Suite on Pivotal Cloud Foundry—Leverage data services using applications running in the open cloud platform as a service.
  • Spring XD—Open source distributed framework for data ingestion, batch processing and analytic pipeline management.
  • Redis—Scalable open source key-value store and data structure server.
  • RabbitMQ—Scalable open source reliable message queue for applications.


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Graeme Philipson

Graeme Philipson is senior associate editor at iTWire. He is one of Australia’s longest serving and most experienced IT journalists. He is author of the only definitive history of the Australian IT industry, ‘A Vision Splendid: The History of Australian Computing.’

He has been in the high tech industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as a market researcher, analyst and journalist. He was founding editor of MIS magazine, and is a former editor of Computerworld Australia. He was a research director for Gartner Asia Pacific and research manager for the Yankee Group Australia. He was a long time weekly IT columnist in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is a recipient of the Kester Award for lifetime achievement in IT journalism.



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