SOURCE: BlueData

BlueData

September 17, 2014 09:00 ET

BlueData Pioneers Big Data Private Clouds With Launch of EPIC Enterprise

Democratizes Big Data; Allows Enterprises of All Sizes to Build 100 Node Hadoop and Spark Clusters in Less Than 10 Minutes at a Fraction of the Cost

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - BlueData, the pioneer in Big Data private clouds, today launched EPIC™ Enterprise, the industry's first Big Data software to enable enterprises to create a self-service cloud experience on premise. The EPIC platform is powered by BlueData™ patent-pending technology, including DataTap™ and IOBoost™, which eliminates time-consuming data movement and unnecessary data duplication without compromising performance. With the release of EPIC, BlueData is democratizing Big Data by streamlining and simplifying Big Data infrastructure and eliminating complexity as a barrier to adoption. Enterprises of all sizes can now build agile, secure and cost-effective Big Data deployments that deliver value in days instead of months and at a cost savings of 50%-75% compared with traditional approaches. By making Big Data accessible to all, enterprises can get the same value out of their on-premise Big Data as companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo at a fraction of the cost, and with far fewer resources.

BlueData is also announcing the availability of EPIC One, a full-featured community edition, which allows users to experience the power of multi-app, multi-version instant clusters on a single physical node. Visit www.bluedata.com to download the community edition. For more information, contact info@bluedata.com.

"Ninety percent of Wikibon practitioners tell us they plan to shift workloads from traditional data warehouse platforms to Hadoop," said David Vellante, chief research officer of Wikibon. "However, complexity remains a major adoption barrier for their organizations because they often lack sufficient budget, skills and resources to get the job done. BlueData's EPIC platform directly attacks this problem and can make Big Data a reality by delivering the ability to work with any storage, any server and any application within a private cloud infrastructure."

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"BlueData EPIC, working with Red Hat infrastructure technologies, is set to improve the Big Data consumption experience and allow enterprises the opportunity to realize the value of Big Data more quickly," said Mike Werner, senior director of Global Technology Ecosystems, Red Hat. "BlueData EPIC, working with Red Hat infrastructure technologies, is set to evolve the Big Data consumption experience and allow enterprises the opportunity to realize the value of Big Data more quickly."

Infrastructure used today for Big Data was not purpose-built to handle Big Data workloads or the needs of data scientists. It is extremely rigid, complex and expensive. While technology organizations have had early success and have worked around the infrastructure issues, enterprises whose core business is not technology require a more flexible, cost-effective approach that does not rely on large engineering staffs or big budgets. While many enterprises have started Big Data projects, many have not moved beyond pilot projects because of infrastructure complexity and cost. In fact, Gartner predicts that 85 percent of the Fortune 500 will fail to see a competitive advantage from their Big Data initiatives by the end of 2015.

"Our research shows that 82 percent of CIOs believe Big Data platforms promise significant business value, while only 5 percent said they deployed the technology. This gap leaves plenty of room for growth," said Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of Intel Software and Services Group. "We believe that BlueData offers a Big Data infrastructure platform with differentiating data virtualization capability to bridge that gap and help proliferate Big Data adoption within enterprises."

With this announcement, BlueData is making Big Data accessible to companies of all sizes, allowing them to create flexible and scalable on-premise production and test environments where people can work with, and experiment with, a variety of Big Data applications. With the BlueData EPIC software platform, organizations can create flexible and scalable on-premise production and test environments where people can work with a variety of Big Data applications and iterate quickly with full control.

"BlueData's EPIC allows our IT group to be more responsive to Big Data business needs. The EPIC platform offers self-service provisioning and the ability to use different applications such as Hadoop and Spark simultaneously," said Xavier Quintuna, principal Big Data architect at Orange Silicon Valley, the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of telecommunications operator Orange. "Now our data scientists can spin up their own environments within the on-premise Orange Silicon Valley private cloud in a matter of minutes, improving their productivity. Finally our Big Data insights are available in a time frame that allows us to have real business impact."

The EPIC Platform

EPIC is a software platform that organizations deploy on commodity hardware to create a Big Data Private Cloud. With EPIC, IT can deliver Big Data as a high-performing on-premise service to run any distributed application using any server with any storage. They can also provision, manage and administer their Big Data infrastructure through a role-based web portal, which transforms the consumption experience.

The BlueData platform incorporates many patent-pending technologies to deliver self-service, speed and scale.

  • DataTap: eliminates time-consuming data movement and data duplication.
  • IOBoost: delivers extreme performance through application aware caching and tiering.
  • ElasticPlane: enables self-service, multi-tenant clusters using hypervisor and next generation container technologies.

Enterprise Data Lakes and Data Hubs

Enterprise data lakes and data hubs offer unlimited storage and easy data access. However security, data management and governance are unresolved concerns that are barriers to adoption. With BlueData DataTap, enterprises have the choice to tap the data lake or the data source directly if moving the data to the lake is not an option. And, with IOBoost, performance is not a concern.

"Like most enterprises, we are starting to investigate the value proposition that Big Data offers. A major enabler to this is developing capabilities in your infrastructure that allows quick, seamless and secure access to data and compute resources," said the head of infrastructure innovation at a major pharmaceutical company. "Testing with BlueData's EPIC platform, we were able to accelerate our learning curve and quickly stand up test platforms to explore data across multiple sources without having to rely solely on moving data."

Expansive Support for the Big Data Ecosystem

The Blue Data EPIC platform supports Hadoop 1.0, YARN, MapReduce, Hive, Pig, HBase, Impala and Spark. With BlueData EPIC, users choose the data set, choose the app, choose resources and go. Through BlueData's extensive network of technology and consulting partners including Cloudera, Databricks, Hortonworks, Red Hat and MetaScale, enterprises have access to the broad Big Data ecosystem.

"By launching the EPIC platform for cloud-based Big Data solutions, BlueData is helping make Hadoop enterprise ready with a simple and flexible deployment alternative," said John Kreisa, vice president of strategic marketing at Hortonworks. "BlueData is certified to integrate with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.1 and together we can help our customers create Hadoop clusters in mere minutes to run their workloads immediately, accelerating the benefits of advanced, Big Data-based insight. We look forward to continuing our joint efforts to make it easier for enterprises of all sizes and shapes to derive value from open source Apache Hadoop."

"There is a lot of confusion, complexity and uncertainty around Big Data applications, platforms and deployment models, combined with how to leverage existing infrastructure investments. This has kept a huge swath of the enterprise market on the sidelines," said Kumar Sreekanti, CEO and founder of BlueData. "Enterprises need a platform on which they can experiment with existing and emerging Big Data technologies and then deploy the technologies of choice at scale. Our vision is to make Big Data accessible to enterprises of all sizes. Our DataTap and IOBoost technology transforms existing infrastructure into an agile Big Data private cloud that allows organizations of all sizes to get more from their data."

BlueData today also announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner program and has received Hortonworks Certification for BlueData's EPIC platform. Visit http://www.bluedata.com/news/hortonworks-release for more information.

About BlueData
BlueData is the pioneer in Big Data private cloud. The company is democratizing Big Data by streamlining and simplifying Big Data infrastructure and eliminating complexity as a barrier to adoption. With its EPIC software platform, enterprises can now build agile, secure and cost-effective Big Data deployments that deliver value in days instead of months and at a cost savings of 50%-75% compared to traditional approaches. With BlueData, enterprises of all sizes can create a public cloud-like experience from their on-premise environments and get the same value out of their Big Data as companies like Google, Facebook and Yahoo at a fraction of the cost and with far fewer resources. Based in Mountain View, CA, BlueData is founded by a highly experienced team from VMware, Akamai, Intel and SGI and backed by industry luminaries from Silicon Valley.

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