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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)

The Intercloud: Turning Computing Inside Out

The intercloud turns computing inside out. With traditional IT, we move the data to where the computing infrastructure is located. With the data volumes in most application areas now growing exponentially, this IT model is now broken. Moving massive volumes of data around means more bandwidth, more storage, and more latency. We need instead to position the computing infrastructure next to where the data is located. With intercloud computing, we can build global apps and services where a single app can operate on data that may be spread across many public clouds and private datace... (more)

Cloud Analytics

Cloud Data Analytics on Ulitzer Cloud analytics is hot. Gartner's top two strategic technologies for the enterprise in 2010 are cloud computing and advanced analytics. In their words "Technologies you can't afford to ignore". Venture capitalist Ann Winblad, in a recent video, points out that the coming era of realtime cloud analytics will have a revolutionary impact on the enterprise, creating a radically new "innovation palette" for businesses of all kinds. Business analytics is, of course, a major established sector of the IT industry, but it's one that's ripe for disruption. T... (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)

Google Dumps MapReduce

Over the past five years, MapReduce and Hadoop have been widely used for processing big data from the web, both in-house and in the cloud. However, we are now in an era where news, search, marketing, commerce and many other key aspects of the web are becoming much more social, more mobile, and more realtime. In response to these changes, major web companies are realizing that the "big data analytics" that is driving many of their services needs to be radically changed in order to move it into this realtime era. No company sees this more clearly than Google, the company that origi... (more)