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Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, representing a model of how to analyze real-time and historical data together. In his session at Big Data Expo, Dale Kim, Director of Industry Solutions at MapR, covered the practice of capturing canonical data "as it lands" as a baseline for accommodating future analytics requirements. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Spe... (more)

‘The Pain Curve’ By @StackIQ | @CloudExpo #BigData #DevOps #Hadoop

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Due of the rise of Hadoop, many enterprises are now deploying their first small clusters of 10 to 20 servers. At this small scale, the complexity of operating the cluster looks and feels like general data center servers. It is not until the clusters scale, as they inevitably do, when the pain caused by the exponential complexity becomes apparent. We've seen this problem occur time and time again. In his session at Big Data Expo, Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ, described why clusters are so different from farms of single-purpose servers that reside in traditional data centers, and why without an automated solution that can address the cluster requirements, real pain is coming and failure is certain. Speaker Bio: Greg Bruno is the Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ. Prior to jo... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Sun to Apache: "Open Source Process is a Journey"

Geir Magnusson, writing on behalf of Apache.org, sent an Open Letter to Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz (pictured) regarding Apache's concerns over specific details of terms offered by Sun regarding a Java Test Kit. A response from Sun appeared the next day at the company On the Record blog, posted by "jacki" (presumably Sun PR person Jacki DeCoster). Schwartz has not yet responded, instead discussing silicon in his latest blog entry. The post from On the Record reads as follows: As you may have seen, the Apache Software Foundation posted an open letter to Sun this morning. Sun has only just received this letter and since Sun had previously considered this matter private, we need some time to consider it before we provide a more detailed response. Here are a few initial thoughts: - Sun is working with as many communities as possible to create an open source implementation of ... (more)

The Commercialization of Open Source

We've all heard the news: JBoss has received $10 million in funding and now it's time to sit back and mull it over. Without a doubt this infusion of capital is a signal of confidence for JBoss Group. But is this investment a good thing for open source? Not an unimportant question for those of us who have decided to use open source in our enterprise applications. If organizations are just now deciding to use open source, this announcement could cause them to rethink their decision and weigh the possibility that their choice may not be so open as it has been. We do have a few exemplars that we can draw from to help us understand what could happen. The most obvious are IBM alphaWorks, the Apache Foundation, and the various Linux vendors, some of whom have IPOed. alphaWorks is home to a number of open source projects. We don't hear about this IBM-funded effort as much ... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

Open Source, Part of a Bigger Trend

During my career I have had the privilege and the misfortune to be involved with quite a few nascent businesses. Some have been small, with no more than five or ten employees. To this day they still have that many or less. Others grew from 50 employees to over 10,000 in a very short time. In every case there was a technology component involved in my job. During this time I have consistently been an IT buyer. I still cringe at the $3,000 a piece I spent for DX2-33 PCs with 8MB for a financial services firm back in the mid-1990s, though at the time it was a heck of a deal. I still fondly remember the first time I successfully installed Linux from floppies downloaded for free from the Internet onto those PCs, though both of them were rewarding acquisitions for different reasons. Not so many years back I was involved in a start-up. We had tons of money in the bank from ... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

SOA Web Services XML: Why WSDM Matters

The world of IT management has changed a great deal since the early days of SNMP and network management. IT organizations today are building and deploying a wide range of systems and applications that must be managed in a consistent and reliable way. Applications are being built from the ground up using service-oriented design principles, and an IT manager can no longer look to a single machine to determine the health and availability of the services being delivered. Resources are much more distributed and interconnected, and they are being deployed at an alarming rate. For IT, this poses additional challenges in having to keep track of changes and to build management solutions that can aid in linking business needs to IT. With the variety of application platforms and technologies in use today, companies demand standardized approaches to managing these heterogeneous ... (more)

Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Debugging Both Flex and Tomcat Java Programs in Eclipse

If you use Adobe Flex Web applications that connect to Plain Old Java Objects on the server side, chances are that you use a popular, robust, and freely available server called Apache Tomcat.  If you use Eclipse-based Flex Builder, you can smoothly debug both Flex and Java code without leaving Eclipse. Flex Builder debugger does not need any special configuration. But we need to add a couple of parameters to the startup routine of Tomcat so it‘ll engage the Java Platform Debugger Architecture (JPDA), which will allow other applications to attach to the JVM that runs Tomcat and debug deployed Java classes remotely. You just need to add a couple of options to the JVM that starts Tomcat. In this short article I’ll explain how to do this if you install Tomcat using Windows Service Installer  and run Apache Tomcat as a service under Microsoft Windows. But eve... (more)