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Bill McColl

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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 cloud (EC2+S3+...), in-house cluster (Eucalyptus or native), and now high-performance public cloud cluster. As a former parallel supercomputing researcher, turned realtime analytics guy, I'm excited and impressed by what Werner and his team are opening up today. Just as commodity clusters hav... (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)

The Consumerization of Big Data Analytics

With Dropbox, Jive, Yammer, Chatter and a number of other new services, the modern enterprise is rapidly becoming "consumerized". And it's not just business, the same is happening in major web companies, on Wall Street, in government agencies, and in science labs.  Thirty years of bad "enterprise software" experiences is making this transition happen much more quickly than anyone would have expected. The shift to cloud computing is also accelerating the trend, as is the goal of developing a much more "social" approach to business. The other major change that's going on today thr... (more)

What's Really Industry Changing About Cloud Computing?

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 mentio... (more)

Hadoop and Realtime Cloud Computing

Big data is creating a massive disruption for the IT industry. Faced with exponentially growing data volumes in every area of business and the web, companies around the world are looking beyond their current databases and data warehouses for new ways to handle this data deluge. Taking a lead from Google, a number of organizations have been exploring the potential of MapReduce, and its open source clone Hadoop, for big data processing. The MapReduce/Hadoop approach is based around the idea that what's needed is not database processing with SQL queries, but rather dataflow computin... (more)