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Bill McColl

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Cloud Data Analytics on Ulitzer In the previous article we looked at how realtime cloud analytics looks set to disrupt the $25B SQL/OLAP sector of the IT industry. What are users looking for from a next-generation post-SQL/OLAP enterprise analytics solution? Let's look at the requirements: Realtime + Historical Data. In addition to analyzing (historical) data held in databases (Oracle, SQLServer, DB2, MySQL) or datastores (Hadoop, Amazon Elastic MapReduce), a next-gen analytics solution needs to be able to analyze, filter and transform live data streams in realtime, with low latency, and to be able to "push" just the right data, at the right time, to users throughout the enterprise. With SQL/OLAP or Hadoop/MapReduce, users "pull" historical data via queries or programs to find what they need, but for many analytics scenarios today what's needed instead, to handle ... (more)

The Client-plus-Cloud Revolution

Data is growing exponentially everywhere - in business, web, finance, government, science, and in the world of sensors and smart grids. Speaking earlier this week at OSBC, Tim O'Reilly said  "The future will be all about who has most data, and who is able to extract meaning from it and deliver it in real time".  He noted that the IT industry is now in the process of being reinvented around the idea of realtime analysis of "Big Data" in the cloud, as a must-have adjunct to the much more limited kinds of data processing and analytics that can be performed on desktop PCs or mobile d... (more)

Cloud Analytics: Dataflow vs Databases

For twenty years, analytics has been viewed as just one specific area within the broader relational database industry. So, analytics has meant databases. Today that view is changing. Over the past year or so, a new movement, the "NoSQL" movement has emerged promoting the advantages of doing a variety of kinds of analytics without using any relational database technologies at all. Whatever one thinks of the capabilities and limitations of distributed key-value stores relative to relational databases, one thing is clear - the stranglehold that SQL has held over all aspects of data an... (more)

The Intercloud: Coming to a Desktop or Mobile Device Near You

Twenty years ago, the work of Tim Berners-Lee gave birth to the WWW and ushered in the internet revolution. Now, in 2009, we stand on the threshold of another major disruption in computing, as computing begins to move to a worldwide network of clouds, the Intercloud. At Cloudscale we're preparing for the public launch, later in the year, of the first Intercloud service, a platform for the world's realtime apps. In response to a number of requests for information, here is a brief overview of what we have been developing. The Cloudscale platform can handle all types of realtime dat... (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)