What’s new in the world of Big Data and Cloud

CARL SAWATZKY | April 26, 2016

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Cassandra continues to gather momentum as a preferred noSQL database, both in terms of commercial backing and performance. Apache Cassandra v2.1, was announced at September 11 at the Cassandra Summit.The most important change is a significant improvement in performance (up to x2). Fortunately the API is remaining stable. The noSQL environment continues to be a battleground between different products optimized for, and targeted at, different applications ranging from document stores to tables or key-value pairs.By contrast the Cloud market is starting to stabilize into a few offerings. HP’s announcement that it had purchased Eucalyptus was greeted with surprise as HP is a major contributor to its competitor OpenStack.HP clearly is trying to differentiate itself from the other systems suppliers, such as Cisco, Dell and IBM, by having its own AWS-compatible approach. Eucalyptus has already developed such a platform. HP management must have decided that it would be less costly to purchase the company to obtain a working AWS compatible platform that it would be to create one from scratch.

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