From the Founder and CEO, Cloudscale Inc.

Bill McColl

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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 radical change in how we process data of all kinds. Hundreds of millions of "non-programmers" routinely use technologies such as Excel spreadsheets to handle their data challenges. With Cloudcel, any one of these non-programmers can now, for the first time, simply and seamlessly exploit the ful... (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)

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)

Got Excel? Go Cloud in 2010

Cloudcel on Ulitzer At the recent Hadoop World conference, Doug Cutting, Hadoop Project Founder, remarked that "The Dream" was to provide non-programmers with the power of parallel cloud computing tools such as MapReduce and Hadoop, via simple, easy-to-use spreadsheet-like interfaces. With Cloudcel, the non-programmers of the world (and the programmers too!) can "live that dream" today. Not only can you develop and launch massively parallel MapReduce/Hadoop-style cloud computations, simply and seamlessly from within the standard Excel interface, you can also go way beyond tools ... (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)