Guest Blog by Jack Norris
Jack is responsible for worldwide marketing for MapR Technologies, the leading provider of a enterprise grade Hadoop platform. He has over 20 years of enterprise software marketing experience and has demonstrated success from defining new markets for small companies to increasing sales of new products for large public companies. Jack’s broad experience includes launching and establishing analytic, virtualization, and storage companies and leading marketing and business development for an early-stage cloud storage software provider.
Big Data use cases are changing the competitive dynamics for organizations with a range of operational use cases. Operational intelligence refers to applications that combine real-time, dynamic, analytics that deliver insights to business operations. Operational intelligence requires high performance. “Performance” is a word that is used quite liberally and means different things to different people. Everyone wants something faster. When was the last time you said, “No, give me the slow one”?
When it comes to operations, performance is about the ability to take advantage of market opportunities as they arise. To do this requires the ability to quickly monitor what is happening. It requires both real-time data feeds and the ability to quickly react. The beauty of Apache Hadoop, and specifically MapR’s platform, is that data can be ingested as a real-time stream; analysis can be performed directly on the data, and automated responses can be executed. This is true for a range of applications across organizations, from advertising platforms, to on-line retail recommendation engines, to fraud and security detection.
When looking at harnessing Big Data, organizations need to realize that multiple applications will need to be supported. Regardless of which application you introduce first, more will quickly follow. Not all Hadoop distributions are created equal. Or more precisely, most Hadoop distributions are very similar with only minor value-added services separating them. The exception is MapR. With the best of the Hadoop community updates coupled with MapR’s innovations, the broadest set of applications can be supported including mission-critical applications that require a depth and breadth of enterprise-grade Hadoop features.
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Tags: Big Data, enterprise scheduler, Hadoop, informatica, job scheduling, MapR, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, UCS, workload automation
It’s close to 11 p.m. on the last day of the quarter in a large corporation. IT gets an urgent request to postpone a closing of the books process because there’s a large order stuck in the CRM system.
This means that the order won’t hit the books and be recorded as a booking. The customer won’t get her order, the salesperson won’t get paid, and finance will show a missing number.
This generates an urgent call to the team that manages the workload automation platform: Hold the closing workflow! Stop the presses!
The admins have to get to their console to find the job and pause it. Not a huge deal, except there are thousands of jobs to be run and hundreds of business people calling on a regular basis, at all kind of hours.
Some customers have created help desks for their workload automation teams or they may even off-shore the call center to serve these kinds of requests.
No more. Introducing self-service for workload automation.
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Tags: data center, intelligent automation, job scheduling, orchestration, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, unified management, workload automation
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.
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Tags: Big Data, data center, Hadoop Summit, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, unified management
Last night we uploaded version 6.1 of Cisco’s Tidal Enterprise Scheduler. I’m pretty excited to introduce the new functionality of this tool and there’s a lot. Particularly with Hadoop support and Amazon EC and S3 support as well. If you are unfamiliar with TES, the datasheet is here.
But when talking about big data, I thought, I’d start small. Like iPhone small. Existing Scheduler customers and the curious, can download the free Apple iPhone app to control jobs. Here’s the AppStore description and link
Cisco Enterprise Scheduler is the premiere job scheduling and process automation software that provides a single point of control and monitoring for business operations. Enterprise Scheduler for iOS now allows Scheduler administrators and users to monitor and control their operations directly on their mobile devices. Enterprise Scheduler for iOS was designed for the mobile user experience, but retains core features of the Enterprise Scheduler web client that users are familiar with including:
* Monitor and view jobs, connections, events, schedules, queues, logs and alerts.
* Control all aspects of jobs, including holding, rerunning, canceling, and overriding jobs.
* Powerful search and filtering for all Scheduler objects.
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Tags: cisco enterprise scheduler, Hadoop, intelligent automation, iphone, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, unified management, workload automation
I was talking to a few analysts this week on workload automation and some interesting themes came up. Workload Automation (aka Job Scheduling) starting with IBM mainframes and job control language. Over the years the automated execution of business processes (moving batch data in real-time schedules) became a major workload in the data center. This was extended from mainframe to distributed computing with Unix and then Windows compute. Along with this came all the Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence package applications that made SAP and Oracle famous. Moving the data around was absolutely mission critical. Huge demand on the data center resources drove the need to begin to control the resource states of the target compute engines to be ready for the high demands of processing millions of transactions or running critical reports for the Enterprise.
Now here is the rub…
The 40 to 60 year old set (of which I am member) know all about this “in the background” processing and its importance. The challenge now, with all the new Web applications being created and a new batch of IT professionals is that this critical part of the IT ecosystem is being forgot about, downplayed and generally not paid attention too until there is a big outage and enterprise controls and automation are put in place. There are so many places where workload automation can be applied to help automate key processes. Many of our customers of this product line have increased the size of their operations 2-3x over the past 3 years. All this cool new technology and new products being sold are putting increased demands on workload automation. Learn more about this cost saving automation technology, your CIO will thank you for it.
Tags: data center, intelligent automation, Oracle, SAP, Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, workload automation