As machines are available with ever more memory in them, we’ve been seeing that memory put to a lot of good uses lately. Today Pernix Data released FVP 2.5 which updates their big 2.0 release that brought memory into their server-side storage acceleration solution along with the use of flash. Imagine if you could pool server memory across the virtual cluster and use it for a very fast, and protected persistent storage tier. That’s pretty much what Pernix FVP does with their Distributed Fault Tolerant Memory (DFTM) design.Read More
One of the big things bubbling around at Strata this week is talk about YARN, Mesos, and Project Myriad (initiated/sponsored by MapR). One on hand it seems that this is just about some evolution of the Hadoop scheduling layer, but looking at with a critical eye, I see the impending culmination of what I predicted years ago - that the Hadoop ecosystem will quickly evolve to bring high-powered HPC technologies right into the heart of the next gen enterprise data center.Read More
Recently we posted about GridGain contributing their core in-memory solution to the Apache Ignite project. While this is still incubating, it’s clear that this was a good move for GridGrain, and a win for the big data/BI community in general. Today Apache Ignite drops its v1.0 release candidate with some new features added in like built-in support for jCache and an autoloader to help migrate data and schema in from existing SQL databases (e.g. Oracle, MySQL, Postgres, DB2, Microsoft SQL, etc.).Read More
Recently I hosted a second all-flash vendor panel on our Taneja Group BrightTalk channel. Violin Memory and IBM squared off (and tended to agree on many points) on the current good use cases, applications, and futures of the high-performance end of the flash storage market, with Netapp providing some balanced commentary based on their upcoming all-flash solution (FlashRay). Violin’s perspective was that efficiently designed all-flash systems are starting to be so cost-competitive they are taking over tier 1 AND tier 2 workloads in the datacenter, and by the way, a competitive data center has already completely transitioned to their all flash storage.
Flash forward a couple of weeks (pun intended), and we see Violin today rolling out a newly revamped all-flash platform (7300 and 7700 series)...Read More
It must be about time for Strata again as all the major big data players are busy readying their “Spring Break” round of announcements. First up, and perhaps addressing the most important aspect of putting big data to work in real corporate IT data centers, is a new security solution from the folks at Dataguise (think “data in disguise”) aimed at NoSQL. Dataguise has been successful with their cornerstone solution for Hadoop stored big data…Read More
With its VSPEX BLUE announcement this week at VMware PEX, EMC enters what is becoming a crowded market of HyperConverged products.Read More