Archive for October, 2009

[#datacenter データセンタ] Cisco, EMCがデータセンタ向け機器製造の新規ジョイントベンチャーに協業する事を発表。名前は=>

October 31, 2009
vBlockと呼ばれる製品ラインアップで、IBMやHPの製品に対抗するのが主旨。 

Cisco, EMC team up on cloud computing: sources

Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:22pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and EMC Corp (EMC.N) are teaming up to sell a new line of networking gear, computers and storage equipment designed for use with cloud computing, according to sources familiar with their plans.

The line of products, dubbed vBlock, position the two companies to better compete against IBM (IBM.N) and Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N), which sell a broader array of data center equipment than either Cisco or EMC offer on their own.

Cloud-computing refers to hosted computing services that customers access over the Internet. Analysts forecast that such services will grow far faster than an otherwise sluggish technology market over the coming years.

Cisco is providing the networking gear and server computers to the vBlock line, while EMC is contributing storage equipment and virtualization technology from its VMware Inc (VMW.N) software subsidiary, according to the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the project in public before a formal announcement next week.

Officials with Cisco and EMC declined comment.

One part of the partnership calls for the two companies to form a joint venture that will sell vBlock as a hosted service. Customers can pay for that service based on the amount of computing power and storage that they need, accessing it via the Internet.

That joint venture will assemble computer systems for customers, integrating all necessary hardware and software to make the systems work.

“It’s a ‘virtual block’ of the data center. You can buy it from them as a service, then eventually transition it to your own data center,” said one of the people familiar with the plan.

For Cisco, the world’s biggest maker of networking equipment, the venture could help kick-start the company’s move into the computer server market. It launched its first line of computer servers earlier this year.

The venture may help EMC expand its footprint in the area of cloud computing, one of Chief Executive Joe Tucci’s top areas of focus.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Matthew Lewis)

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[#datacenter データセンタ] Cisco, EMCがデータセンタ向け機器製造の新規ジョイントベンチャーに協業する事を発表。名前は=>

October 31, 2009
vBlockと呼ばれる製品ラインアップで、IBMやHPの製品に対抗するのが主旨。 

Cisco, EMC team up on cloud computing: sources

Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:22pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) and EMC Corp (EMC.N) are teaming up to sell a new line of networking gear, computers and storage equipment designed for use with cloud computing, according to sources familiar with their plans.

The line of products, dubbed vBlock, position the two companies to better compete against IBM (IBM.N) and Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N), which sell a broader array of data center equipment than either Cisco or EMC offer on their own.

Cloud-computing refers to hosted computing services that customers access over the Internet. Analysts forecast that such services will grow far faster than an otherwise sluggish technology market over the coming years.

Cisco is providing the networking gear and server computers to the vBlock line, while EMC is contributing storage equipment and virtualization technology from its VMware Inc (VMW.N) software subsidiary, according to the sources, who were not authorized to discuss the project in public before a formal announcement next week.

Officials with Cisco and EMC declined comment.

One part of the partnership calls for the two companies to form a joint venture that will sell vBlock as a hosted service. Customers can pay for that service based on the amount of computing power and storage that they need, accessing it via the Internet.

That joint venture will assemble computer systems for customers, integrating all necessary hardware and software to make the systems work.

“It’s a ‘virtual block’ of the data center. You can buy it from them as a service, then eventually transition it to your own data center,” said one of the people familiar with the plan.

For Cisco, the world’s biggest maker of networking equipment, the venture could help kick-start the company’s move into the computer server market. It launched its first line of computer servers earlier this year.

The venture may help EMC expand its footprint in the area of cloud computing, one of Chief Executive Joe Tucci’s top areas of focus.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Matthew Lewis)

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[#datacenter データセンタ] Intelとクラウドの関係:EMC社のクラウドインフラに=>

October 31, 2009

省電力技術を提供する、等、クラウドサービスベンダとのパートナーシップ戦略を取っている。

EMCのAtmosは、AT&Tのクラウドソリューションのインフラも提供している、との事。

EMC, Intel promote green cloud storage

Vendors to design power efficient storage systems

It’s one of several ways that Intel is working with other vendors to design more power efficient systems for companies offering cloud computing services, Intel General Manager Jason Waxman told reporters at a joint briefing with EMC. The chip maker also announced a program with software vendors to test software management stacks for use in large, scale out data centres.

Atmos is a hardware and software platform used mainly by service providers to manage multi-petabyte storage systems that can be spread across several data centers. AT&T’s pay as you go Synaptic hosting service is based on Atmos, for example, according to EMC.

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[#datacenter データセンタ] Intelとクラウドの関係:EMC社のクラウドインフラに=>

October 31, 2009

省電力技術を提供する、等、クラウドサービスベンダとのパートナーシップ戦略を取っている。

EMCのAtmosは、AT&Tのクラウドソリューションのインフラも提供している、との事。

EMC, Intel promote green cloud storage

Vendors to design power efficient storage systems

It’s one of several ways that Intel is working with other vendors to design more power efficient systems for companies offering cloud computing services, Intel General Manager Jason Waxman told reporters at a joint briefing with EMC. The chip maker also announced a program with software vendors to test software management stacks for use in large, scale out data centres.

Atmos is a hardware and software platform used mainly by service providers to manage multi-petabyte storage systems that can be spread across several data centers. AT&T’s pay as you go Synaptic hosting service is based on Atmos, for example, according to EMC.

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[#Green #Solar グリーン&ソーラー] ソーラー事業の今後の予測: 成熟しつつある市場に登場する新技術、国の新政策、そして金=>

October 31, 2009
競争がますます激しくなってきている、というのが現在の見方。
既存のPV技術の価格競争に加え、新技術(Thin Film、Hybrid等)の登場によるアプリケーションの多様化、変換効率の向上など、注目すべき項目が多い。 

それにも増して、米国政府からのさまざまな形での融資に大きな関心が寄せられている。 大きなプロジェクトが増えてきておりその投資を国に頼るケースが多い。 

Solar Power International: Looking Ahead

The industry gathering in Anaheim this week will feature analysis of money and policy, and it will forecast the 2010 market, as well as discuss new ways to promote solar.

When the solar industry gathered at the Solar Power International a year ago, the mood was buoyed by the extension of a 30 percent investment tax credit that Congress approved only a few weeks earlier.

Although Lehman Brothers had recently collapsed, some executives weren’t so sure whether the financial market crisis would exert a significant impact on the solar business.

This week, the industry meets again at Solar Power, this time in Anaheim, and the mood may be cautiously optimistic for the upcoming year.

Money and policy will be key topics, given the industry’s reliance on federal and state programs to help finance manufacturing and large-scale installations. The intersection of solar and real estate development, including affordable housing, also will be an interesting discussion.

And, of course, the conference menu includes talks about the latest developments in thin films, concentrating photovoltaics and solar thermal power.

Company executives and analysts are all begging (hoping) 2010 will be a better year than this. The optimism isn’t fueled by blind faith. Although the federal government passed the stimulus package in February, it became apparent fairly quickly its benefits wouldn’t be fully felt until 2010 (see Reality Check: How Much Impact Can the Feds Have on Solar”).

The U.S. Department of Energy began accepting applications for a loan guarantee program in late July for building solar, wind and other types of renewable power plants and manufacturing equipment for those power plants, and it hasn’t announced winners yet (see DOE Looks fro Submissions for $30B Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees).

The DOE has awarded loan guarantees to solar panel maker Solyndra, energy storage developer Beacon Power and wind turbine manufacturer Nordic Windpower under an older loan guarantee program created in 2005 (see Beacon Power, Nordic Windpower Get $59M DOE Loan Guarantees).

Another program, also run by the DOE, that would award the cash-equivalent of a 30 percent federal investment tax credit hasn’t directed much money to solar energy installations.

The DOE has doled out roughly $1 billion to mostly wind energy developers. Iberdrola Renewables, in particular, has been a big winner, snagging up nearly $546 million so far (see Feds Issue $550.4M Green Energy Cash Grants).

Aside from the federal incentives, Solar Power participants will be mulling over state net metering and rebates, as well as policies outside of the country. Europe continues to be the biggest market, thanks mainly to feed-in tariffs that guarantee long-term pricing of solar electricity and mandates that utilities must buy what solar electricity is available for sale (up to a limit, in many cases).

Advocates have always insisted that solar energy is affordable for consumers. The reality is that each solar energy system is a big-ticket purchase, even after rebates.

Manufacturers continue to shave their costs to make solar energy equipment cheaper. Installers also are providing discounts for group purchases (see You’re Invited: A Solar Soiree With a Sales Pitch).

New products and players entering the market are making solar more widely available, though whether or how soon these efforts will gain a significant ground remains to be seen.

Some of these new players are coming from the roofing industry. Earlier this month, Dow Chemical said it plans to launch – on a limited basis – roof shingles embedded with solar cells in 2010 (see Dow to Roofers: Our Solar Shingles Are Coming and Roofing Giant Johns Manville Enters Solar Market). Some residential community developers are already adding solar to their projects.

Questions about how homeowners and buyers put a value on solar panels are bound to emerge if solar gains wider acceptance. There is a panel session on Thursday at Solar Power that would dive into this issue.

Next year is likely see the construction of the first large-scale solar thermal power plant in the United States in about two decades. BrightSource Energy believes it could secure all the necessary permits and financing to begin building the 440-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System in California’s Mojave Desert in early 2010 (see BrightSource Gets Big Brother in Bechtel).

BrightSource and other solar thermal power developers have inked high-profile, large projects with utilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. These developers need a success story to show they could construct these massive build-outs without many delays and deliver fairly cheap electricity.

These projects are facing strong environmental opposition because of their scale and locations (see BrightSource Energy Ditches Project in Eastern Mojave). The same is true for similar-sized projects using solar panels. Many of these projects developers will be discussing these policy, financing and public relations challenges at the conference. 

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[#SmartGrid スマートグリッド] 光の裏に影あり:スマートグリッド補助金を受け取れなかった300社について=>

October 31, 2009
下記の記事によると、各社さまざまな反応で、スピードを落としながらも継続する会社や、新たな資金調達を狙うところもあったり。 

Smart Grid Investment Grants: The Also-Rans

For every one project that got a piece of $3.4 billion in Department of Energy stimulus grants on Tuesday, three projects didn’t.

But while the 100 winning projects may have won on the technical merits, that doesn’t mean the 300 that didn’t make the cut are lacking in quality, DOE advisor Matt Rogers said in announcing the awards (see DOE’s $3.43B Smart Grid Grant Program: The Winners).

Still, utilities with projects that didn’t make Tuesday’s list are likely weighing their options for how – or if – to continue without DOE funding.

Several utilities had asked for extra money to speed up ongoing smart grid projects. Those will likely continue, if not as fast as they could have.

Dominion Virginia Power, for example, didn’t get $200 million to speed up its deployment of 2.4 million smart meters, and Austin Energy missed out on the $113 million it was seeking to help support its $230 million plan to build out smart grid systems across its service area (see Grant Watch: Austin Energy, Oncor Seek Millions More for Smart Grid).

Some utilities filed multiple requests that added up to more than the $200 million maximum. Some of those got only partial funding.

Atlanta-based Southern Co., for example, only got $164 million of the $362 million it had sought (see Green Light post). Pepco won $149 million, but had asked for $254 million (see Baltimore Business Journal).

Texas-based Oncor, which had sought a total of $317 million in three applications to support both smart meter and distribution grid automation projects, didn’t get any grant funding (see Oncor Makes $317M Smart Grid Stimulus Pitch).

Other projects that didn’t get grants haven’t started yet, but were part of utilities’ longer-range plans. Whether or not they can go forward or will have to be scaled back or shelved will depend on many factors, including how much funding they’ve already secured versus how much they’ll have to ask state regulators to approve via customer rate hikes.

Pacific Gas & Electric, for example, didn’t get the $42.5 million it had sought to boost its plan to deploy energy management devices to about 75,000 small businesses and homes in San Jose, Calif. (see PG&E Asks Cisco to Help Make 75K Businesses Energy Wise).

Still, the utility will move forward with a smaller-scale project with funding already approved as part of its $2.2 billion, 10 million smart meter deployment, PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said Tuesday.

Other proposals that weren’t on Tuesday’s winners list include:

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[#SmartGrid スマートグリッド] スマートグリッドのVC投資が回復傾向=>

October 31, 2009
一時はかなり落ち込んだが、今年の後半から回復の方向が明確になっている。 しかしながら、Green Technology全体の投資殻見ると、まだ割合が少ない、といえる。

Eric Wesoff | October 29, 2009 at 8:01 AM

The Next Wave of Smart Grid Funding?

Smart grid has been the buzzword on utility, entrepreneur and investor’s lips in 2009. 

Funding the smart grid has certainly been on the Obama administration’s agenda – as evidenced by the billions being funneled into this sector (see Jeff St. John’s pieces about the winners and losers in this contest).

Venture Capital investors have been talking about smart grid investments for a while now. Foundation Capital’s Steve Vassallo even authored a “Smart Grid Manifesto” to “help drive a single point of view across our four Smart Grid portfolio companies.” Vassallo writes, “Smart Grid and smart pricing together answer the riddle of how you get market forces to make a difference in a monopoly environment.” 

Foundation’s smart grid investments include EnerNoc, Silver Spring Networks, eMeter and Control4.

Another theme amongst VC investors in 2009 has been the capital efficiency of smart grid plays. In other words: Don’t expect too many Solyndra or Nanosolar-magnitude deals from the VC community in 2009 or 2010. 

That said, in looking at the numbers, although funding in smart grid is recovering:

It’s a bit surprising to see the small proportion of smart grid deals relative to VC in greentech as a whole:

So are VCs talking and not diving in?  Are they looking to see the outcome of Silver Spring Networks’ utility roll-out? Are we only in early days? 

Or will these initial forays into Advanced Meter Infrastructure and Home Energy Networks give way to a bigger and steadier wave of other smart grid technologies like Vehicle to Grid, EV charging stations, data management and analytics, network optimization tools, and independent energy storage operators?

The next few quarters will tell. Smart people in Greentech Media’s smart grid practice see a new smart grid innovation and investment wave about to break.

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[#Cloud クラウド速報] クラウドセキュリティのソリューションベンダ例=>

October 30, 2009
Catbirdと呼ばれるベンダーは各種業界のコンプライアンスに準拠するためのセキュリティソリューションを提供する。

Catbird Launches First-Ever Comprehensive Security and Compliance Solution for Cloud Computing Providers


Catbird®the pioneer in leading-edge security and compliance solutions for virtual infrastructure, today announced the launch and immediate availability of its new vSecurity Cloud Edition™, the first solution designed specifically to enable both public and private cloud computingproviders to instantly deliver SOX, PCI, HIPAA, FISMA, COBIT, DIACAP and other regulatory-based security and compliance policy monitoring and enforcement. vSecurity Cloud Edition was previewed at last month’s VMworld 2009, for which it was honored with a Best of Show Finalist award, the first security product to win in the Cloud Computing category.
vSecurity Cloud Edition gives service providers the competitive edge with the industry’s only automated monitoring and enforcement solution that covers all seven critical control areas: auditing, inventory management, configuration management, change management, access control, vulnerability management and incident response, in an elegant solution specifically architected to meet the needs of cloud providers.

“Compliance workflow and reporting is the “money report” of cloud computing, and Catbird delivers,” said Edmundo Costa, Catbird COO. “Everyday, cloud providers face customers who demand documented privacy, security and compliance before they’ll commit to cloud-based deployments. vSecurity Cloud Edition delivers the information with a compliance workflow based on comprehensive security controls, empowering customers to embrace cloud-based infrastructure.”

vSecurity Cloud Edition: Security Provider for Amazon Web Services Customers

Catbird is the only virtualization security product offered by Amazon Web Services’ Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) web service, which provides instantly-scalable cloud-based computing capacity to meet evolving enterprise needs. Customers of Amazon’s EC2 now have the option of adding automated, continuous vulnerability monitoring to their Amazon Machine Image with Catbird’s vSecurity Cloud Edition. Organizations regulated by PCI or other policies that demand compliance can take advantage of Amazon’s state-of-the art cloud while remaining compliant, enhancing Amazon’s value proposition and accelerating growth in this increasingly-popular space.

“Cloud computing is a natural extension of where data centers are headed with virtualization,” notes Neil MacDonald, Vice President and Gartner Fellow. “We’ve come a long way towards implementing virtualization more securely, and virtualized security controls are a key element of this. Organizations should demand the same level of protection and compliance from cloud-based service providers as they would from their own virtualized or physical infrastructure.”

Industry Leading Compliance Controls

vSecurity Cloud Edition delivers unprecedented comprehensive coverage to ensure cloud service providers meet their customer mandates, including:

  • SOX compliance measurement and reporting across 39 COBIT controls;
  • PCI compliance measurement and reporting across 96 test requirements impacted by virtualization;
  • HIPAA compliance measurement and reporting across 37 controls negatively impacted by virtualization;
  • DIACAP compliance measurement and reporting across all 26 controls affected by virtualization, including the 12 Mac1 controls;
  • COBIT compliance measurement across over 40 controls affected by virtualization, and
  • FISMA compliance and reporting across 51 controls.

Among numerous protection and enforcement features, vSecurity Cloud Edition provides:

  • 24×7 vulnerability management with a fully compliant scanner that is automatically correlated with other virtual machine attributes to provide an accurate assessment of known defects against a specific and customizable compliance framework.
  • NAC-based enforcement for continuous monitoring of the virtual machine population, real-time inventory management, and the most accurate real-time VM catalog and virtual machine sprawl prevention
  • A multi-tenant management portal that provides compliance intelligence aggregation, management and reporting across physical, virtual, private and public clouds from a single dashboard, while ensuring the privacy of customer or departmental data.

Essential for cloud providers is customizable, real-time reporting on the compliance and security status of the customer’s applications and systems, tailored for the appropriate audience ranging from executive-level managers to technical IT administrators.

Partners signing on quickly

Catbird vSecurity Cloud Edition has already been embraced by cloud providers and platform vendors whose customer base demands broad-based security and compliance.

“Once again, Catbird has risen to the occasion to build the most robust, feature-rich virtualization security solution on the market, with functionality designed specifically to meet the needs of the cloud provider,” said Ali Davachi, CEO of ValueReseller.com (www.valuereseller.com), a leading provider of private label cloud hosting services that has recently added vSecurity Cloud Edition to its portfolio of reseller focused services. “We’re committed to helping our resellers deliver the most secure environment for their mission-critical hosting and data storage needs. After evaluating several choices, Catbird was the clear winner for its ability to deliver comprehensive security and compliance.”

“By integrating Catbird into our suite of products we are able to provide unparalleled security and policy controls to our customers, while also taking most of the complexity out of managing their cloud computing infrastructure,” said Jaymes Davis, CEO of Halo FC (www.halofc.com), a cloud enablement software company that is an emerging hybrid cloud solution for the enterprise.

Ideal for both public and private clouds, vSecurity Cloud Edition features a Service-Oriented Architecture that incorporates stateless agents reporting to a separate command center. Full integration with ESX 3.X, vSphere 4.x and up and Citrix XenServer enables seamless deployment in cross-platform environments. Infinitely scalable, vSecurity Cloud Edition allows cloud providers to seamlessly add clouds to existing infrastructure, without additional investment in security and compliance. For public clouds, SLA enforcement provides value-added assurance for clients.

For more information about Catbird’s line of visionary security and compliance solutions for virtualization and cloud computing, including the new vSecurity Cloud Edition, visit www.catbird.com

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[#Cloud クラウド速報] Googleのスマートグリッド戦略は当面提携する事 。相手は=>

October 29, 2009
スマートメータのメーカ等、スマートグリッドインフラとの接続をサポートするベンダー。
当然サポートする数が多い程いい、という理屈になるが、標準化が進む前にde facto化を狙う、というのも強力な戦略の一つと言える。

GooglePowerMeter1Updated: The Obama administration has just funded the rollout of 18 million meters with stimulus funds, but here’s another way to get access to energy data without one of those new digital meters: This morning UK energy management startup AlertMesays it has joined up with Google’senergy management tool PowerMeter. AlertMe, which makes the monitoring device and is backed by venture capital firms like Index Ventures and VantagePoint Venture Partners, will use PowerMeter to help customers track their energy consumption online in the iGoogle format.

AlertMe’s gadget is the second device partner that Google has announced in recent months and the first one in the UK.Earlier this month Google announced that the Energy Detective, made by Energy Inc, would be its first hardware partner, enabling U.S. customers that have bought a TED 5000 to monitor energy consumption on a PC. As Google’s Tom Sly told us earlier this month, Google plans to keep adding to its list of device partners.

The more gadget partners for PowerMeter, the quicker home owners could have access to real time energy data. TED and AlertMe customers don’t need a smart meter. AlertMe also says that it is the first gadget partner for Google that doesn’t need an electrician to install it — users just clip the reader onto the old electricity meter and plug into their home broadband connection. For the TED, customers need an electrician.

Bypassing the meter also means that customers can get their energy data more quickly than through most utility-sanctioned in-home energy dashboards. Most of the utilities are sending the energy data from the smart meter to the utility backoffice to be displayed to the customer in a 24 hour period. But the data from AlertMe and TED can sync with your PC or mobile device via broadband in real time.

The 3-year-old AlertMe raised £8 million ($13.04 million) back in June in a Series B round from Good Energies, Index Ventures, SET Partners and VantagePoint Venture Partners. The company’s home energy management product uses a Zigbee-based wireless network, sensors and smart plugs to monitor and manage energy consumption in homes. The kit, which costs £1469.00 plus £92.99 per month (Update: the company changed their pricing, the previous was the old pricing) is one of the few energy management products that is actually available now.

AlertMe is also working with utilities, and has a trial going with a division of British Gas, one of the largest residential suppliers of gas and electricity in the UK. The trial with British Gas is focusing specifically on a heating system that can be controlled remotely, enabling home owners to turn on/off, up/down their home heat from any broadband-connected device, like a PC or cell phone. British Gas is offering AlertMe gear as a voluntary option, and customers will have to pay for the upfront hardware as well as a recurring subscription service fee.

Google is also very keen to work with utilities for PowerMeter. The search engine giant is already working with about 10 utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric, TXU Energy, Wisconsin Public Service, White River Valley Electric Cooperative, JEA, Glasgow EPB, Reliance Energy (India), and Toronto Hydro–Electric System (Canada). And this morning Google also announced its first UK utility partner first:utility, a new independent utility based in Warwick, UK. Google says first:utility is “the only energy supplier in the United Kingdom to provide free smart meters to its customers.”

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[#Cloud クラウド速報] クラウド アナリティクスについて。既存のアナリティクスとの違いについて=>

October 29, 2009

解説しています。特にHadoopの様なクラウド固有の巨大データ管理が活用できる、等明らかにメリットが見える面もある。

Cloud Expo: Article

Cloud Analytics Checklist

What are enterprise users looking for from a cloud analytics solution?

    In the previous article we looked at how realtime cloud analytics looks set to disrupt the $25B SQL/OLAP sector of the IT industry. What are users looking for from a next-generation post-SQL/OLAP enterprise analytics solution? Let’s look at the requirements:

    • Realtime + Historical Data. In addition to analyzing (historical) data held in databases (Oracle, SQLServer, DB2, MySQL) or datastores (Hadoop, Amazon Elastic MapReduce), a next-gen analytics solution needs to be able to analyze, filter and transform live data streams in realtime, with low latency, and to be able to “push” just the right data, at the right time, to users throughout the enterprise. With SQL/OLAP or Hadoop/MapReduce, users “pull” historical data via queries or programs to find what they need, but for many analytics scenarios today what’s needed instead, to handle information overload is a continuous “realtime push” model where “the data finds the user”.
    • External + Internal Data. In the past it was so simple, an enterprise had only to deploy a few large specialized systems (ERP, CRM, Supply Chain, Web Analytics) to handle the internal data flowing through the organization. Today, in order to be able to operate with peak efficiency, a large enterprise will need to have a detailed realtime integrated awareness of all kinds of data sources that could impact the business, for example, information on: customers, partners, employees, competitors, marketing, advertising, pricing, web, news, markets, locations, gov data, communications, email, collaboration, social, IT, datacenters, networks, sensors.
    • Unstructured + Structured Data. SQL/OLAP analytics was built on the idea that data would be held in relational databases, and that the data would be highly structured. Today, this no longer applies. Much of the most valuable data to an enterprise today is either semi-structured or unstructured.
    • Easy-To-Use. SQL/OLAP has proved to be too complex for most enterprise users who need access to analytics for their work. Excel with its simple charting, visualization, sharing and collaboration features provides a much more attractive interface for most users. Other products and services such as Qlikview and GoodData also provide ease-of-use, but none of them (Excel included) offers the kind of realtime analytics, scalability and parallel processing required in analytics today. Despite its complexity and lack of mainstream adoption within the enterprise, a few companies have taken SQL/OLAP and made it even more complex by adding in features to support realtime stream processing. None of these StreamSQL solutions seem to have achieved any widespread adoption to date.
    • Cloud-Based, Pay-Per-Use. Every company looking to compete in the next-generation analytics market will have to have at least a public cloud offering, and most will also have virtual private cloud and private cloud offerings. Since enterprise data will often be held on more than one cloud, it will be increasingly important to have an “intercloud” capability, where analytics apps can be run across multiple (public and/or private) clouds, e.g. across Amazon AWS and Windows Azure.
    • Elastic Scalability, Parallel Processing, MapReduce. With exponentially growing data volumes it will be essential to offer the elastic scalability and parallel processing required required to handle anything from one-off personal data analysis tasks up to the most demanding large-scale analytics apps required by the world’s leading organizations in business, web, finance and government.
    • Seamless Integration With Standard Tools (Excel). With 40 Million analytics power users using Excel, this is a must for any analytics solution looking to achieve significant market adoption.

    At Cloudscale, we’ve compiled a Cloud Analytics Checklist, showing how various analytics products/services measure up against this set of requirements. If you’re thinking about cloud analytics and would like a copy of the Checklist then send a request with your email address via the Cloudscale website (no signup required) or by email to checklist@cloudscale.com, with the word Checklist in the Subject line.

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