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Bill McColl

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A realtime data explosion is underway throughout business, finance, government, health, media, science, sensors and the web. Individuals and organizations that had only recently figured out how to cope with thousands or millions of events per day are now drowning in billions of realtime events per day, and for leading organizations the number is rapidly heading towards ONE TRILLION EVENTS PER DAY. Gigabyte databases are history, multi-terabyte datastores are now routine even for small businesses, and for leading web businesses the size is now in the petabytes. The challenges of this realtime data explosion are not just being felt by leading web businesses such as the Internet 10 (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, Facebook,...). Its spreading like crazy: Internet 10 -> Fortune 500 -> Global 2000 -> SMBs -> Gov -> facebook/Twitter users -> EVERYBODY! We now have an exp... (more)

Excel Meets The Cloud

Cloudcel on Ulitzer Data is revolutionizing how we live and work, and it's growing exponentially everywhere. Faced with this information explosion, experienced programmers are now using parallel processing tools such as MapReduce/Hadoop, rather than SQL databases, to analyze large repositories of stored, historical data. The next major step in this direction is to bring the full power of advanced data mining and analytics, realtime stream processing, and massively parallel computing to everyone, not just to experienced programmers. The cloud is central to bringing about this radi... (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)

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 Analytics Checklist

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 la... (more)