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HADOOP WEBINAR: “New Business Insights with Hadoop Analytics”

November 1, 2012 2 comments

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 Hadoop World last week was a blast, so hopefully, you’re still on a Hadoop high and checking out all the new ideas coming from Dell (the company I work for), and others in the space.

DellAnd to keep the good times going, Dell is joining forces with our partner, Datameer, to host a webinar deep diving into Hadoop analytics.

Jeff Stacey, Dell’s Senior Product Manager of Big Data Solution (which includes our Dell Apache Hadoop Solution), will be co-hosting this webinar with Datameer as they dig into real-world examples and use cases of how companies are taking advantage of hardware and software advances to analyze data with Hadoop. They’ll take a look at numerous data sources that are being leveraged, and how this wealth of data is already providing critical new insights in industries ranging from financial services to new media.

  
Here’s all you need to know:

  • Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
  • What: Dell + Datameer webainar – “New Business Insights with Hadoop Analytics”
  • Register here: LINK

  
DatameerCome check out how analytic use cases spanning marketing, internet security, asset risk management, product usage and IT infrastructure are already driving competitive advantages and operational efficiencies.

If you’d like to learn more about how Dell is making our customers successful with Hadoop via the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, visit www.Dell.com/Hadoop or drop us a line at Hadoop@Dell.com.

See you at the webinar!

Until next time

 JOSEPH
@jbgeorge

Highlights from the 2012 Hadoop World

October 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Strata Hadoop World

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Had a great time at last week’s Hadoop World, so wanted to write up a few of my thoughts from the event.

  • This year’s Hadoop World was the best attended to date – I believe I heard the attendee number to be at 2500 vs 1400 last year!  It’s great to see this kind of growth among the community considering there were only 500 attendees just four years ago.
      
  • In some similarities to what I’m seeing in the OpenStack community, this conference seemed to boast more from the “user” ranks as opposed to just developers as in the recent past.  It speaks volumes to the general adoption that Hadoop is seeing in the market.
      
  • Dell, the company I work for, and our Ecosystem Partner Datameer hosted a networking event for a number of folks at Hadoop World at the prestigious Circo NYC restaurant – great food and a great time with some innovative Hadoop implementers.  Got to really get indepth how real people are implementing Hadoop in their enviornments today.  Appreciate those that took the time out to attend, and for those who missed out, see you next time!
      
  • Cloudera announced their beta project called “Impala”, which allows users to perform real-time queries of their data, a feature that a number of Hadoop users have been anticipating.  According to Cloudera, Impala can process queries up to 30 times faster than Hive / MapReduce – very cool, and I look forward to checking it out.
      
  • Finally, Dell made an announcement about our donation of “Zinc”, an ARM-based server concept to the Apache Software Foundation, with support from our partner, Calxeda, where we see ARM infrastructures as an interesting technology for Hadoop environments.  The donation includes hosting and technical support for the Apache community. and we’re hosting the server concept at an Austin-based co-location.  The Apache Hadoop project has actually performed more than a dozen builds within the first 24 hours of the servers’ deployment.   (You can check out the full press release here to learn more.)
      

All in all, Hadoop World is another hit!  It was a great event overall and I look forward to next year’s conference.

To learn more about the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution and more about what Dell is doing in this space, visit us at www.Dell.com/Hadoop

And if you want to chat about how Dell can help you with your Hadoop initiative, drop me an email at Hadoop@Dell.com.

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge

Dell @ Hadoop World 2012: Experts, Solutions, and Networking Event

October 21, 2012 Leave a comment
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It’s that time of year again – time for Hadoop World!  (This time a part of the Strata Conference.)www.Dell.com/Hadoop
 
It’s always a great time of learning what’s new and emerging in Hadoop, check out what vendors are doing to help drive Hadoop, and much more.
 
And, of course, Dell will be out there as well! 
  
    
Dell at Hadoop World
 
We’ll be out there as a Premier sponsor with a number of our experts en force, highlighting our work with the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution (www.Dell.com/Hadoop) and the Dell Crowbar software framework (www.Dell.com/Crowbar – if you haven’t checked this out, its worth a look – VERY COOL). 
 
In addition to our booth presence, you’ll see Dell’s committment to community and partnership firsthand as we support our ecosystem partners in various capacities. 
    
  
Networking Event – by RSVP!
 
Finally, there are only a few spots left for the “by RSVP” Dell | Datameer Happy Hour and Networking Party slated for Tuesday night at 6:30pm at Circo NY.   It’s a great place to come meet the creators of the Dell big data solutions and the pioneers of the Datameer data analytics software, all while having a great time.
 
Here’s what you need to know:
  • Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Place: Circo NYC, 120 W. 55th Street, New York, NY 10019, (212) 265-3636, circonyc.com
  • Circo: offers upscale Italian fare built upon a foundation of signature Tuscan recipes from the kitchen of Maccioni matriarch Egidiana and prepared by Executive Chef Michael Galata. The menu is served in a lively, sophisticated setting reminiscent of the old-style European circus tents which inspired the restaurant’s name.

If you’re interested in joining us, be sure to RSVP with Dianna Doan (ddoan@datameer.com) ASAP.  There are only a few spots left, so be sure to RSVP now. 

I’ll be there, so I hope to see you too.
  

Looking forward to a great week!

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge

Dell Cloud Happenings This Week…

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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Just wanted to drop a quick blog to provide a central area on what events Dell has going on in the cloud space this week.

Here we go…

WHIR Webinar – Wed, June 20th

What: Dell / Intel / Morph Labs WHIR Webinar
Title: “Proven Innovation to Reduce Data Center OpEx by 40%”
When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Who: Deania Davidson (Dell),  Naveen Bohra (Intel), Winston Damarillo (Morphlabs)
More Info: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/506707474
  
  
  
 

Boston OpenStack Meetup – Thu, June 21st

What: Dell and Red Hat co-sponsor this month’s Boston OpenStack Meetup 
When: Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 6:30 – 9:30PM
Where: The auditorium located at 85 Wells Avenue Newton, MA
Agenda: OpenStack Swift, Quantum
More Info: http://www.meetup.com/Openstack-Boston/events/67737262/
   
   
   
  

Austin OpenStack Meetup – Thu, June 21st

What: Dell and Opscode co-sponsor this month’s Austin OpenStack Meetup
When: Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 6:30 – 9:30PM
Where: The Austin Tech Ranch
Agenda: OpenStack Foundation with Foundation guest speakers Mark Collier, Jonathan Bryce, and Lauren Sell
More Info: http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin/events/67989692/
  
  
  

Look forward to seeing a big turnout at each of these!  See you there.

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

THIS JUST IN: Dell Announces ARM Server Ecosystem and Acceleration Programs

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

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Dell's "Copper" ARM server

If you’ve followed some of the technology advances in the processor space, you’ve no doubt heard of the ARM architecture. We’ve seen ARM processors in a number of client devices, but they’ve not been widely adopted for server use due to additional feature needs, performance, and limited software ecosystem.

Well, today, Dell (the company I work for) announced some of the work we are doing behind ARM and ARM-based servers.

ARM, which stands for “advanced RISC machine,” is a 32-bit RISC instruction set architecture developed by ARM Holdings. In the server context, it can allow systems to be deployed at the chip level to reduce space, power consumption and cost.

Dell has been testing with ARM since 2010, and has been working with customers to understand how they could benefit from the ARM architecture, as well as what their expectations were regarding ARM-based servers.

Dell “Copper” ARM-based server

DellToday, we announced development of “Copper”, an ARM-based microserver, optimized for the current maturity of the ARM server market, which is primarily focused on test / dev and ARM-based technology to test and optimize code. And for this predominant use case, the Copper server is a great fit in terms of size and costwith its lightweight design, low-power-consumption and excellent density.

Dell’s Copper server is specifically designed for this market, with a small acquisition size and price, lower power consumption, and ease of use, and if you’ve followed our open source solution to date, you know that enabling open source development is important to us.

Enabling customers and the ecosystem

Testing to date has found compelling performance per dollar and performance per watt advantages for workloads like LAMP stack based web front ends and Hadoop applications. In that vein, we’ve partnered with TACC, the Texas Advanced Computing Center to help work through workloads, use cases, etc. We are also working with key open source partners like Canonical and Cloudera to help drive this space as well.

And for those who follow our Cloud and Big Data solutions (like the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solutions, the Dell Cloudera Hadoop Solution, and Crowbar), you’ll be happy to know what our team intends to enable ARM in Crowbar as well. It has proven to be a great tool in deploying our solutions on bare metal and managing the overall solutions that we see a great fit for it in the ARM use case.

We’re obviously very excited about this announcement, so I’d welcome you to check out the links on the ARM / Copper announcement at the end of this blog and in the video below.

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Dell Announces ARM Enablement

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Highlights from the Open Source Business Conference 2012

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

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Last week I had the pleasure to head (back) to San Francisco to spend a few days with other open source believers at this year’s Open Source Business Conference.  I was there on behalf of Dell, the company I work for.

Here are some of my thoughts from the sessions / keynotes I sat in on this past week.Open Source Business Conference 2012

  • Jim Whitehurst of Red Hat spoke at a keynote and highlighted how the innovation that will be built on IaaS is where the revolution will reside, and that the role vendors will play in this new open source friendly enterprise will focus more on support and services.
      
  • There was a great open source panel with personnel from Yahoo, Warner Music, Blackduck, Acquia, and NorthBridge that talked through real use cases at Yahoo and Warner, plus feedback on their annual open source survey which talked through the rise of open source adoption in the enterprise, how quality and cost is driving that, and how many companies are viewing open source software as a starting point for projects now, rather than an alternative option.
      
  • HP’s Biri Singh talked through their cloud strategy including their tiered strategy of Iaas + ecosystem + marketplace.  Turns out they’re using quite a bit of open source as they are building out their public cloud  with focus on web services at scale.
      
  • A panel on “Amazon vs the world”, panelists from Canonical , Eucalyptus, and Citrix talked about open private cloud with the backdrop of Amazon’s dominance as a public cloud provider.  AWS API compatibility came up a lot, as well as the need to productize open source technologies more.  Some opportunities that were highlighted included the need to have vendors who know more than just software, but also the “wiring” of actual working systems, and the importance of staying open as we are just starting to see adoption by the enterprise.
      
  • CloudScaling hosted a great session on why open cloud is winning – how internet companies drove cloud technologies and how they were built with open source, the differences between the “Enterprise IT cloud” and the “Next Gen IT cloud”, and how “no lock-in” + flexibility + scale are the key tenets of open cloud.
      

Obviously there was a lot more at the event that I was not able to get to – You can check out a few of the presentation slides at https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/31601/50199/?& 

If you were out there last week, be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts.

I enjoyed the few days out there – looking forward to the next open source event – likely in San Fran again. 🙂

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Start Your Engines: Dell Hosts OpenStack Deploy Day / Hack-a-thon!

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Earlier this year, Dell (the company I work for) hosted an OpenStack deploy day, and we had great participation from users and developers from all around the world.

We’ll, we’re doing it again.

One week from today – May 31, 2012 – Dell will be hosting a world wide  Essex deploy day, and we’re inviting everyone to be a part.  It’s a great way for users of any level to deploy OpenStack with Crowbar and get a better understanding of how the Essex release of OpenStack works.

As before, the focus of the day will be on automating deployment of the latest release of OpenStack, specifically through Dell’s Crowbar software framework (www.Dell.com/Crowbar).  It will be an all day, world wide event that will engage all types of OpenStack fans – developers, operators, users, and more. 

We’re already getting a strong response from the OpenStack vendor community as well.  Along with Dell, you’ll see Suse, Mirantis, enStratus, and others in person and on Skype to work on Essex, whether its advanced topics, bug fixing, and even 101 sessions for newcomers.

All the details you need are on our Github site – https://github.com/dellcloudedge/crowbar/wiki/OpenStack-Essex-Deploy-Day

As an added bonus, we also have a few physical locations to hack in person at as well – Austin, Boston, and New York.  If you’re in one of these locales, be sure to RSVP and stop by. (And if you’re interested in hosting a location for the hack-a-thon, drop us a line and we’ll tell you how.)

If you have any questions about details, logitistics, or how Dell is enabling our customers with OpenStack, drop us a line at OpenStack@Dell.com.

See you there!

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

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Two Dell-Sponsored Austin Cloud Meetups in Five Days

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Hola!

Wanted to let the Austin cloud enthusiasts, professionals, and fans know that Dell (the company that I work for) will be hosting a couple of user group gatherings this week…

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#1

The Austin OpenStack Meetup

WHEN: Thu, May 10 6:30pm
WHERE: Austin Tech Ranch (9111 Jollyville Rd #100, Austin, TX)
WEB: www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin

This meetup has been a staple of the Austin OpenStack community, with Dell having spearheaded its start in October of last year.

We’ve had a number of great companies join Dell in sponsoring this monthly meetup at Austin’s Tech Ranch, including Rackspace, Suse, Canonical, and even HP. 🙂

This month, we’ve got Puppet Labs joining Dell as a joint sponsor of the meetup. On the docket for discussion:

  • Important topics, events, news, etc from the OpenStack Design Summit and Conference held in San Francisco the week of Apr 16
  • Discussion on the recently announced OpenStack Foundation – we hope to have someone from the foundation development team present
  • A review of DevStack as a community development platform

Should be loads of fun – come hungry and thirsty – loads of pizza and cokes. (BTW people, let’s at least TRY to make a dent in the salad this time.)

All the details you need to know are at www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Austin.

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#2The Austin Cloud User Group

WHEN: Tue, May 15, 6pm to 8pm
WHERE: Pervasive SW North Austin HQ (12365 B Riata Trace Parkway. Austin, TX 78727)
WEB: www.meetup.com/AustinCloudUserGroup

Dell has been a sponsor of this user group before, and a number of us attend regularly – we’re glad to be back to talk about some of the things going on with Dell’s public cloud. Specifically, our Dell cloud services team will be hosting and talking about the goings on at Dell in the cloud hosting space.

You’ll see Dell’s cloud evangelist, Stephen Spector, as he touches on

  • Discussion and demos of Dell’s vCloud hosted offering
  • Demos of processor intensive applicataions in a public cloud setting
  • Demos of a few common applications running on Dell’s cloud

If you’ve ever seen Stephen speak, you know you’re in for a treat. For those who don’t know, Stephen is the former Community Manager for the OpenStack community, so we’re ecstatic to have him here at Dell!

Again, come hungry and thirsty – loads of pizza and cokes.

All the details you need to know are at www.meetup.com/AustinCloudUserGroup.

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OK, that’s it – be sure to make it out to at least one of these meetups, and we’ll give you a shout out if make it to both. 🙂

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Play Ball! Hadoop Players Sponsor Big Data Event in Chicago

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A beautiful day at Wrigley Field

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What does data analytics have to do with baseball????

Well actually, quite a bit.  Moneyball anyone?

(If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.  A true story adaption about Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s using intense number crunching to build a solid baseball team in a smaller market, competing with bigger markets – and bigger salaries.)

Great crowd at the ball game!The Technology

Last week, I had the pleasure of representing Dell (the company I work for), as we joined Intel, Cloudera, and Clarity to meet with a number of customers at the Ivy League Baseball Club across from Wrigley Field, right before the Cubs – Cardinals game.  It was great to talk to customers who were using Hadoop, as well as those that were just learning about the technology.

The presentation delivered by all four companies focused on the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, a powerful packaged solution that features

  1. A reference architecture featuring Intel technology
  2. A set of software which includes Cloudera’s CDH distribution (with option to upgrade to Cloudera Enterprise), along with Dell’s innovative Crowbar software framework to enable easy provisioing and management
  3. Services provided by a combination of Dell, Cloudera, and Clarity, to provide our customers with deployment, support, and consulting services

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The Experience

Even more impactful than the presentation was the more 1:1 time after the presentation, where many users and newbies shared stories, experiences, best practices, etc.  Got to hear about a lot of the struggles around “going it alone”, and enthusiasm that Dell and our partners were delivering a solution that would make that a bit simpler.

Here’s a sampling of some of the topics that came up.

Why should I care about big data / hadoop?

Here’s the thing: you have data.  It’s in your sales tracking system, from your website traffic, from your social media outlets, in your customer support databases, and more.  And not only do you have data, you have A LOT of data.  But here’s the power of data.  Your company has strategic objectives, customer strategies, and product plans.  Data gives you insight into how to best spend your resources, where to focus your product development, where your customers are buying your products, and what problems they are encountering.  This enables your business to make intelligent decisions to better satisfy your customers. 

I already have a data warehousing solution – what’s the benefit of hadoop?Hadoop!

Many analytics solutions today require data to be in a format that adheres to the standards of a relational database (aka structured data).  This is fine for data that conforms to this format.  However, a lot of the new data that is available to us is not formatted in that manner – this is referred to as unstructured data.  Unstructured data includes data types, such as audio, video, graphics, log files, etc.  Hadoop as a technology handles unstructured data very well, allowing for analysis of those types of data.  Additionally, a number of the traditional enterprise level analytics solutions are building hadoop connectors to allow for hadoop processed data to be utilized by the enterprise tool set.  Finally, as data scales, using an open source based technology like Hadoop makes things very cost efficient.

How does the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution help me with hadoop?

Before this solution was made available, many of our Dell customers came to us asking, “If Dell was going to build a hadoop solution, how would you design it?”  And this was how we started down the path of hadoop.  What we discovered was many customers had pockets of hadoop projects in their companies, but progress was at a crawl.  Many of the issues were around infrastructure design, deployment, and overall general help around the technology.  And that is the basis for the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution – making hadoop accessible, quick, and simple to deploy from bare metal and get to a functional hadoop cluster asap.   We’ve enabled many of these customers to go from a science experiment to a productive Hadoop instance very quickly, and provide them the consulting and education they need to maximize its benefit.

You can learn more about what Dell is doing with Hadoop at www.Dell.com/Hadoop or you can drop me an email at Hadoop@Dell.com.

The Game

For those of you not interested in sports, you can now tune your TV’s off – about to talk baseball for a bit.

As far as the game went, it was a doozy.  I have ties to Chicago, so I was rooting for the Cubs. Play Ball

  • The Cubs were up 1-0 most of the game until the top of the 8th when Cardinal Matt Holliday knocked out a 2 run homer
  • Trailing in the bottom of the 9th, Cubs first baseman Bryan Lahair hit a homer to tie it up 2-2, and take us into extra innings
  • Here’s where the fireworks really began!
  • Bottom of the 10th
    • Cubs LF Tony Campana gets on base with a single
    • Campana then tries to steal 2nd and barely makes it
    • Cardinals coach Matt Matheny did not agree and made a federal case out of it with the 2nd base umpire
    • And out goes Matheny – ejected!
    • Cardinals walked Lahair
    • With two men on base, Cubs LF Alfonso Soriano gets a single and drives Campana home for the 3-2 win!
    • Prior to this, the Cardinals had beaten the Cubs in the LAST THIRTEEN SERIES between the two clubs.  With this win, that streak has been broken.

Great game, great crowd, great partners!  Thanks to everyone who came out.  I look forward to the next one. 🙂

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

Thoughts on the Spring 2012 OpenStack Design Summit

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The Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution - sweet!It’s been a couple of weeks since the OpenStack summit took place in San Francisco.  It was a great one, and I’m finally getting some time to put down a few thoughts about this year’s show. 

The company I work for, Dell, chose to sponsor again, which was great.  That would make five OpenStack conferences in a row, including the first one in Austin before OpenStack was announced.

It was great to see all the familiar faces, some with new companies.  And there was a number of new faces, which is a great indicator of the progress the OpenStack movement is making.  In fact, in the first keynote delivered by Jonathan Bryce, he asked for a show of hands of those who had never been to an OpenStack Summit before – I ballparked it at about 25% of the room as new! 

Some interesting takeaways from the conference:

  • The user community showed up A nice OpenStack crowd!
      
    The topic of users has been coming up at our local Austin OpenStack meetup often, and I was glad to see a number of inquisitive users come to the show to learn about using OpenStack in operation.  Users are an important part of our communit’y’s evolution, and it was good to see that group out in force to have their voices heard.
      
  • HPC as a cloud use case
      
    In a number of user sessions, high performance computing came up as a use case on OpenStack.  This has not been a space where I would have expected HPC to come up as a technology, but in thinking about it, it makes sense.  Similar to other spaces, the HPC communities are looking for more flexible, extensible platforms to build their systems on.
      
  • More user adoption of Crowbar
      
    Dell has been at the forefront of bare metal provisioning of multi-node OpenStack clouds since the advent of OpenStack, and every conference featured Dell doing bare metal deployments live.   It was great to hear about a number of methods of deployment that users were using, but also enlightening to know about all the users using Crowbar that we weren”t even aware of.  (It’s an open source community so that happens. 🙂 )   We’re commited to continuing to drive Crowbar as a deployment / mgmt / configuration framework, and it’s good to see the community adopting it as a platform.
      
  • www.Dell.com/OpenStackContinuing interest in the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution.
      
    Lots of good work is being done all over the community – software, services, and public cloud featuring OpenStack.  But I was happy that Dell was still clearly focused on being a central provider of OpenStack as an on-premise, cloud solution, whether private cloud for IT, or a public cloud option for service providers to offer.   Along with the announcement of the Emerging Solutions Ecosystem, which features a number of Dell partners like Canonical, enStratus, and Mirantis, there were a number of great discussions on how customers could get going on OpenStack asap.
      

And there’s a ton more that I’m not covering – the foundation, user group formation, hypervisor talk, etc, etc, etc – I’ll let you do that.

Drop me a comment about some of the things that you took away from the summit.  There was a lot to be excited about.

Already looking forward to the next summit in the fall.

Until next time,

JBGeorge
@jbgeorge

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