Archive for November, 2010

muSOAing for 11/25/10 – DW in a Box

November 26, 2010

So there are several options if you want to implement Datawarehousing and associated advanced analytics. You can opt for a vertically integrated solution like Exadata from Oracle which provides everything you would ever need in a box (server, o/s, software, tools) or you can opt for open source or commercial bigdata solutions like Hadoop or AsterData.

Allow me to drop a cliche “One size does not fit all” and this is very much true in this case. A DWIB solution will be appealing to large enterprises who have specific needs and the advantages of such a solution is that there are Analytic packages that are tailored for each individual vertical so for someone whose needs are specific and who do not and cannot employ an army of engineers this solution is perfect.

On the other hand, for someone who has an ever growing mountain of data and who wants a flexible infrastructure and very custom analytical needs or for someone who is looking to offer this as a service a DWIB will simply not work. They would have to go the framework route.

In spite of all these options, there are still very significant challenges that need solutions and one new feature that is being touted is the ability to perform OLTP and DW type operations on the same datastore. It would be interesting to see how this pans out.

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muSOAing for 11/07/10 – McCloud

November 7, 2010

So the current trend is, everyone has their own Cloud Happy Meal. They want to give you everything you ever need for a Private Cloud Implementation nicely packaged in a Box. But is that what you are really looking for, or would you rather pick and assemble what you need from a Cloud Value Menu.

Let us attempt to answer this question in a series of muSOAings.

muSOAing for 11/05/10 – Cloud in a Box

November 6, 2010

In the ever expanding world of the Cloud, the newest kid around the block is the “Cloud in a Box”. All that you will ever need to go Cloud is in a box with all the goodies. The super multiplexed hardware (processors with a gazillion cores), a database, middleware, virtualization and oodles of storage. Vertical Integration is the name of the game. All of this is sourced from one vendor, a one stop shop like a super Target for all your Private Cloud needs.

Will this really work and who is really the target audience. Isn’t the Cloud environment inherently the domain of DIY enthusiasts? Opensource, commodity h/w and unlimited soda and pizza induced brain power. I guess it depends. This domain is certainly not a one size fits all play, mix and match, build your own, elastic are probably the way to go.