A new big data alliance has formed around developing products based on a common core of key components in Hadoop that members are calling the Open Data Platform Initiative.
Pivotal is no stranger to open source, but the company has kept back a few pieces of its product suite from the rest of the development community.
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The New York Times today profiled Cisco CEO John Chambers' new strategy for big data and in the process, put a fine point on the most important question for the big data market, one being answered with four different approaches by some of the biggest names in networking and computing: "The question could ultimately be whether the center of the system is in the data, as EMC thinks, or in H.P.'s servers, IBM's software, or Cisco's network."
EMC used the occasion of its own customer conference, EMC World 2013, this week for several purposes, one of which was to continue to explain the market position and benefits of it recent spinoff: Pivotal.
HP has created a new business unit to focus exclusively on the converged infrastructure opportunity presented by big data.
We don't think Amazon will skulk away trembling with fear in the shadow of Pivotal. There is room in this new market for more than one model. And processes are as important as technology. Amazon is nothing if not a company that has its processes down pat.