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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)

Hadoop and Realtime Cloud Computing

Big data is creating a massive disruption for the IT industry. Faced with exponentially growing data volumes in every area of business and the web, companies around the world are looking beyond their current databases and data warehouses for new ways to handle this data deluge. Taking a lead from Google, a number of organizations have been exploring the potential of MapReduce, and its open source clone Hadoop, for big data processing. The MapReduce/Hadoop approach is based around the idea that what's needed is not database processing with SQL queries, but rather dataflow computin... (more)

Is This the End of Enterprise Software?

The future of enterprise software is the platform. No software company has all the smart people in the world on its payroll. Apple recognized this and created the App Store. Google are now doing the same. These new cloud platforms will unleash unprecedented innovation and creativity throughout all areas of business and the web, with thousands of new apps being created that will revolutionize IT. Enterprise software has always been unpopular - it has always been expensive, slow, complex and clunky. The only people who actually like it are the software vendors who sell it, and the... (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)

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)