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Bill McColl

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Bill McColl's "Cloud N" Blog This is an incredibly important time for the cloud computing area. But let’s try and move the discussion of it in the press along from an obsession with new datacenter buildings located by power stations, with the total server numbers at Microsoft and Google, and with Amazon’s hourly pricing for EC2. Interesting though those aspects of cloud computing appear to be to journalists, they hardly represent what is really industry changing about cloud computing. What are some of the new directions in the massively parallel cloud computing space? I’ll mention four that I’m particularly interested in, that are exciting and challenging, and that I think will have a huge impact on the industry. If you have others in mind, then feel free to add your ideas. Here are my four areas for what they’re worth: Cloudbursting. Seamlessly and automatically migra... (more)

NoHadoop: Big Data Requires Not Only Hadoop

Over the past few years, Hadoop has become something of a poster child for the NoSQL movement. Whether it's interpreted as "No SQL" or "Not Only SQL", the message has been clear, if you have big data challenges, then your programming tool of choice should be Hadoop. Sure, continue to use SQL for your ancient legacy stuff, but when you need cutting edge performance and scalability, it's time to go Hadoop. The only problem with this story is that the people who really do have cutting edge performance and scalability requirements today have already moved on from the Hadoop model. A ... (more)

Cloud Computing for Everyone

Early Bird at CLoud Expo In computing, big revolutions happen whenever a new technology comes along that enables everyone to do something that could previously only be done by a small number of technology experts, or only by those with tons of money and technical talent. Personal computing (Microsoft, Apple), Publishing (Adobe), Search (Google), Video (YouTube), News/Journalism (blogs) are all examples of this kind of disruptive revolutionary change. What's the next big game changer? In a word - Apps! We are about to move to an era in which everyone will be able to build their o... (more)

Big Data Goes Mainstream

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo SQL was the first-generation Big Data tool, and MapReduce/Hadoop was the second-generation tool. Unfortunately, neither of these tools has the characteristics required to break into the mainstream of data analytics, where there are now over 100 million business professionals (non-programmers) grappling with exponentially growing data volumes that they simply can't handle. However, a new third generation of tools for Big Data is now emerging that offer the scalability, parallelism, performance and data flexibility of tools like Hadoop, but, unlik... (more)

The Realtime Cloud Arrives

Two weeks ago I wrote about "The Need for Speed" in cloud computing, and asked "Who is going to build the low-latency cloud for enterprise customers?". Today Werner Vogels and his team at Amazon announced their Cluster Compute Instances offering. This is a very important step forward towards the kind of realtime, high performance cloud that customers such as Cloudscale require to deliver the next generation of cloud services. In our case, it means we now have three distinct alternatives for deployment of our massively parallel realtime data warehouse architecture: standard public... (more)