Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that provides deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts, including Shawn Rogers who guides EMA’s Business Intelligent Research group, leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help their clients achieve their goals.
Shawn recently published an EMA Impact Brief on Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion. In it he examines the impact this solution brings to traditional data warehouse environments by better managing data, system growth and extending the analytic value delivered from a data warehouse investment.
Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion is a new offering that combines hardware, software and services to help customers control the costs of their ever-expanding data warehouses by offloading infrequently used data to low-cost big data stores. Analytics are enriched as more data is retained and all data remains accessible.
In his Impact Brief, Shawn makes three important observations about how enterprises can benefit:
Cost Control: A common cost to traditional data warehouse environments is planning for the exponential growth of data. The Cisco solution analyzes the system, identifies data not in use (cold data) and provides a workflow and tools to offload the data onto Hadoop avoiding upgrade costs and extending the life of the data warehouse.
Improved Performance: By implementing an ongoing strategy to offload data from the primary system to Hadoop, the Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion solution frees up resources providing for better overall system performance. Additionally, Cisco deploys data virtualization technology that adds a layer of optimization for fast queries and simplified access spanning the original warehouse and the new Hadoop data store. Further, Cisco UCS servers are optimized for Hadoop workloads.
Added Analytic Value: Many companies are forced by the economics of data management to implement aggressive Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) policies removing data from critical systems to avoid costs. The Cisco solution helps customers keep more data online and available for deeper and more insightful analytics, therefore, adding value to the overall environment.”
The report ends with the following conclusion:
“EMA recommends that organizations that manage mature data warehouses investigate offloading as a strategy to expand and extend their data warehouse investment.”
If Shawn’s counsel makes as much sense to you as it does to me, then let’s get started.
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