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Bill McColl

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In an interesting article today, Matt Asay argues that Amazon may soon surprisingly emerge as a leading player in the enterprise software industry, and not just as a low-end cloud hardware provider. Stephen O'Grady of Redmonk also wrote on this theme, with his article on the rise of AWS, and its ongoing growth into all kinds of areas of the software industry. The idea that many big IT vendors are putting out, that Amazon is just a "retailer", and will quickly be overtaken by the established vendors, is a big mistake on their part. AWS is winning because it is exploiting three big factors - commodity hardware pricing, open source software, and startups. In the modern software world, where the game is "Developers, Developers, Developers", this is a strong winning hand. Others can compete, but they will have to compete on all three fronts. Or change the game. I, for one,... (more)

The Economics of Big Data: Why Faster Software is Cheaper

In big data computing, and more generally in all commercial highly parallel software systems, speed matters more than just about anything else. The reason is straightforward, and has been known for decades. Put very simply, when it comes to massively parallel software of the kind need to handle big data, fast is both better AND cheaper. Faster means lower latency AND lower cost. At first this may seem counterintuitive. A high-end sports car will be much faster than a standard family sedan, but the family sedan may be much cheaper. Cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run. But massively ... (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)

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)

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)