Lenovo Gains SAP HANA Plaudits/Benefits

Over the past few years, SAP’s annual Sapphire NOW partner and customer conference has turned into something of a love fest for the company’s HANA in-memory database solutions. But this year’s event seemed worthy of extra attention for a couple of reasons. First, it coincided with the launch of Intel’s newly updated Xeon E7 v3 processors which, with a 50% increase in memory capabilities, have been designed from the ground up for in-memory database applications. Second, Sapphire NOW 2015 was the first to feature Lenovo’s System x solutions and technologies which the company acquired from IBM last year. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Analytics Headlines Underscore SAP HANA

SAP’s Sapphire NOW conference typically sparks an avalanche of press releases related to the company’s HANA in-memory analytics technologies. That’s certainly the case this week, but a pair of related announcements have made Sapphire NOW 2015 significantly different. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC Shows Developers “The Way” to the Cloud

In technology, as in other fields, details count and meaning can sometimes hinge on a single letter. For example, being committed to a technology like open source is easy enough to understand, but becoming an open source “committer” is something else entirely. Why that’s the case and what it has to do with EMC’s new Cloud Foundry Dojo in Cambridge, Massachusetts is worth considering. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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EMC Dips Deeper Into The Shallow End of The Data Lake
Mar23

EMC Dips Deeper Into The Shallow End of The Data Lake

Barely a month after making its first big splash in the Data Lake, EMC is back at it with an all-in-one Big Data analytics solution — hardware, software and services – with availability and pricing to be determined later. The Federation Business Data Lake packages storage and Big Data analytics technologies from EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal, and VMware, together with services, to accelerate and automate deployment of Data Lakes and clear ‘the path for new insights and disruptive differentiation.’ It greatly simplifies the massively complex task of building a Data Lake and is designed for speed, self-service and scalability for the enterprise, enabling organizations to begin making better-informed business decisions using Big Data analytics, said Aidan O’Brien, Senior Director, EMC. “This is the industry’s first enterprise-grade Data Lake,” he said. It seems like everybody’s use case varies slightly, stated O’Brien. So what we’ve tried to do is to increase standardization and flexibility. No company has all the technologies required, i.e. EMC lacks a visualization component, he said, but what they’ve done is provide some ready-made apps, a data scientist in a box, that can be implemented in as little as seven days. For the more adventurous, there’s also a software developer kit. According to Gartner, a Data Lake is a collection of storage instances of various data assets additional to the originating data sources. These assets are stored in a near-exact, or even exact, copy of the source format. The purpose of a Data Lake is to present an unrefined view of data to only the most highly skilled analysts, to help them explore their data refinement and analysis techniques independent of any of the system-of-record compromises that may exist in a traditional analytic data store (such as a data mart or data warehouse). EMC gets more granular, defining the Data Lake as a modern approach to data analytics by taking advantage of the processing and cost advantages of Hadoop. It allows you to store all of the data that you think might be important into a central repository as is, and by leaving the data in its raw form, you don’t need a pre-determined schema or ‘schema on load’. Schema on load is a data warehousing process that optimizes a query, but also strips the data of information that could be useful for analysis. This flexibility then allows the data lake to feed all downstream applications such as a data warehouse, analytic sandboxes, and other analytic environments. It’s still early days for the Data Lake concept, but Suresh Sathyamurthy, Sr. Director, Product Marketing for EMC’s Emerging Technologies Division, said his company was the market share leader, even though...

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IBM/SAP Ink HANA Cloud Partnership

IBM and SAP announced a new premier partnership that aims to help customers quickly and securely run business-critical applications in the cloud. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is immediately available as a service via IBM’s 40 cloud data centers and will eventually expand into every major global market. According to the two companies, the new service demonstrates their relative strengths: -SAP brings the power of real-time analytics via the in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA combined with the ability to run mission-critical business applications, like SAP Business Suite, on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. -IBM brings enterprise depth and the open architecture of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer – enabling customers to securely manage SAP workloads from trial to pro-duction on a consistent infrastructure, with transparency and control over where data resides. Customers should also benefit from the technology and services solutions offered by from both companies, including IBM consultants who offer industry-specific best practices. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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