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Today, Big Data and Hadoop are arguably the hottest (and most mysterious) subjects in computing for most technology workers. Ask any person in IT about Big Data/ Hadoop and you’ll probably get a look of utter confusion. Here at Cisco, I’ve recently taken on the role of Product Manager for Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler (TES) and part of my job is to help you face your fears and put your arms around the Big Data boogeyman.

Big Data’s growth in the market has exploded and it’s clear why: data-driven decision-making results in optimal business outcomes. With Big Data/ Hadoop, analyzing massive datasets has become easier and we glean new business insights, which can be a massive competitive advantage.

I just arrived in NYC for Strata Conference + Hadoop World 2012, where I’m part of the Cisco team here to show off the new 6.1 release of Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler announced yesterday. With 6.1, Cisco TES includes Hadoop integration – to help our customers address the Big Data challenge and gain even more value from your infrastructure. The workload automation features provided by TES are an integral part of getting the most out of your Hadoop deployments.

At the Strata event, we’re featuring Cisco UCS servers and Cisco Nexus switches for Big Data as well as our Cisco TES support for Hadoop. To see Cisco TES and Hadoop in action, check out this online demo here.  This demo runs on UCS and schedules a Hadoop MapReduce job every 15 minutes to track tweets at the conference – revealing the biggest Twitter topics and the most active tweeps in Big Data this week.

In addition to our support for Hadoop and Big Data, with TES 6.1 we’ve announced a self-service portal, support for Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) EC2 & S3 features, and an iPhone app. AWS support adds the advantages of cloud-based Hadoop by providing the scalability and agility to expand capacity as needed coupled with Hadoop’s analytical strength. Throwing TES 6.1 into the AWS mix provides automated, efficient provisioning of cloud resources.

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) just issued an Impact Brief on the new 6.1 release, and here’s what they said:

Cisco TES is a Value Leader in Enterprise Management Associates’ (EMA) 2012 Workload Automation Radar Report and received the EMA award for “Best Implementation and Configuration.”

The list of additional capabilities that can be found in Cisco TES 6.1 reads like an enumeration of today’s hottest topics in enterprise IT. In other words, the 6.1 release adds tremendous customer value to an already robust and EMA award winning workload automation solution.

Allowing customers to more efficiently use Amazon EC2/S3, incorporate Hadoop into their existing workflows, and reduce support cost by offering self-service and a mobile app, are new Cisco TES 6.1 capabilities illustrating Cisco’s ability to deliver essential cutting edge functionality.

To view and download the entire EMA report, you can find it here:

EMA Analyst Report – Cisco Introduces Workload Automation for Big Data from Cisco Data Center

As outlined in this report, all of these new features (and more) will help you drive results with a definite impact to the business. I hope you’ll stop by the Cisco booth at Strata to say hello, check out our demo, and discuss how Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler 6.1 can help you improve your business.

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