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Announcing Cisco Workload Automation for Big Data

In my last installment on Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, I talked about how our customers have increased their usage of this end-to-end solution by 2-3x.

Based on the upswing of Big Data usage and adoption in the market, this trend is likely to continue for quite some time. And Cisco finds itself with the right solution at the right time.

I’m live here from Strata Conn/Hadoop World 2012 in New York City where “Strata Conference explores the changes brought to technology and business by big data, data science, and pervasive computing. This year, Strata has joined forces with Hadoop World to create the largest gathering of the Apache Hadoop community in the world.” It’s THE place to be for the Big Data and Hadoop geek out.

At this sold out event Cisco is introducing our new 6.1 release  of Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler. This new release is packed with new features such as a very cool iPhone app, integration into Amazon EC2 and S3 and a self service portal (stay tuned for more blogs on this later). It also includes a new Hadoop adapter with API integration into Sqoop, Hive, HDFS Data Mover and MapReduce.

What’s that you say? Enterprise workload automation for Hadoop clusters? Why would I need that?

Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler for Hadoop from Cisco Data Center

 

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Workload Automation, The Next Generation

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.

 

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Tale of Three Cities: Report on Cisco’s Tidal Enterprise Scheduler User Groups

The Intelligent Automation Solutions Business Unit hosts user groups for our Workload Automation software customers.  Our Tidal Enterprise Scheduler  is used by many enterprises to manage the execution of business process and moving data around the data center.  We recently met many customers during our user groups in Chicago, Boston and New York City.  We see some very interesting differences in our user base  and how our customers use our product between these cities.  For example in our Chicago

user group during the winter we had some key large customer implementation and many customer s who were deploying job scheduling for department level deployments and wanting to drive the usage throughout their enterprise.  It is very common to start using Workload Automation in one key area and then expand into other areas as the success multiplies.  It was good to see old friends who have used our scheduler for almost a decade as well as new users learning how to use our software product to accomplish cool new technical use cases.

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Return on Big Data – How Workload Automation Plays a Key Role

A few weeks ago I participated in on a webinar panel  http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=404085&s=1&k=639DAC16BAF88F2B7260152679635F00
around Big Data and the return on that data.  I was joined by Ivan Chong, EVP from Informatica http://blogs.informatica.com/perspectives/author/ivan-chong/ and Van Baltz, VP and CIO of Station Casinos, http://www.stationcasinos.com/, where we discussed Van’s aggressive project to roll out a realtime big data system.  This  deployment , using Informatica Powercenter and the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler was an impressive project that drove both a new architecture and critical changes to the people, processes and technologies.   Ivan used a great analogy around the exhaust from applications.   Nowadays, IT shops deploy and run many applications that run the real-time business for their companies.  All these applications produce exhaust, namely the data after all that work is done.  This data is very valuable.  It can tell a lot about your business, your customers and your execution to meet the corporate financials.

Cisco’s Tidal Enterprise Scheduler is a master at moving this data around and processing it so that the business IT users have the data they need to run a real-time business.

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The Latest Release of Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler – Workload Automation for Global Organizations

Workload Automation is the triggered or scheduled activities that drive batch and real-time business process automation moving data across an ecosystem of applications and compute environments.  This is mission critical “back office” IT business data process capability.    I introduced Workload Automation in a previous blog,   http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/workload-automation-job-scheduling-applications-and-the-move-to-cloud/.  We have customers who use the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler to perform the most critical activities in their enterprise.  Many of the health care providers, insurance companies, manufacturing giants, and financial service outfits rely on these technologies to drive their business.

We recently made generally available our workhorse release of the Cisco Tidal Enterprise Scheduler for the next few years.

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