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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:20

Pivotal upgrades Big Data Suite


The new version of Pivotal Big Data Suite delivers wide-ranging improvements.

Pivotal Big Data Suite provides organisations with a way to capture data in real time at scale, and then obtain analytic results in real time, Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz told the EMC World 2015 conference.

The suite received a significant update to multiple components today.

Pivotal HD, the company's Hadoop distribution is now based on the Open Data Platform core, and promises improved stability, management, security, monitoring and data processing.

The Open Data Platform Foundation is backed by EMC companies including Pivotal, along with IBM, Hortonworks and 40 others, explained Maritz.

The significance of the Open Data Platform core is that it provides binary compatibility, "so if you get a third-party product you can be guaranteed it will work," he said.

Pivotal HD also includes other major improvements to Apache Hadoop, including updates to Pig, Hive, Hbase, Zookeeper and Oozie, as well as several new components (Ranger, Knox, Nagios, Ganglia and Tez).

The performance of Pivotal Greenplum Database has been improved by a factor of up to 100, due in part to the new Pivotal Query Optimizer, which also boosts the performance of the Pivotal HAWQ SQL-on-Hadoop engine.

Greenplum Database and HAWQ are better able to handle big data volumes without performance degradation, and can handle diverse workloads, the company said.

Pivotal Big Data Suite is licensed on a per-core per-year basis and can be deployed on commodity hardware, appliances, virtualised and private cloud instances, or public clouds.

“As the cost of computing declines and connectivity becomes ubiquitous, enterprises will be challenged not only by the deluge of data created by applications and customer interactions, but from the billions of devices joining their networks," said Pivotal data product group vice president Sundeep Madra.

"Pivotal's continued investments in Big Data Suite allows enterprises to create true business impact by enabling apps that scale, analytics that predict behaviour and prescribe actions and lastly, a realistic solution to their digital transformation aspirations."

BMW head of aftersales, business analytics and digital processes Dirk Rüger told conference attendees that his company is using Pivotal's software to combine sensor data from cars with third-party data to determine at a very early stage when maintenance is needed. Such predictive maintenance is very important to BMW, he said.

Disclosure: The writer attended EMC World 2015 in Las Vegas as a guest of the company.

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