In-database analytics explained by Forrester’s James Kobielus

October 11, 2010

The week before last I headed up to Chicago to attend our partner Aster Data’s Big Data Insights summit.  One of the featured speakers was James Kobielus of Forrester Research, a leading expert on data warehousing, predictive analytics, data mining, and complex event processing.

With that background I thought Jim would be the perfect guy to ask about in-database analytics (where the actual analytics is colocated  in the data warehouse rather than having to schlep data from the warehouse to a separate analytics application).  So I did.

Some of the ground Jim covers:

  • Although there’s some new stuff there, in-database analytics is an old approach.
  • What’s new is we finally have an open interface/standard that allows a wider range of applications to be pushed down into the database and executed there.
  • Moving from proprietary interfaces/languages towards an open standard built on Map Reduce/Hadoop.
  • The benefits of this open approach
  • Aster Data as an evangelist for in database analytics

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…


Dell’s New High Performance Analytics & Cloud Server

April 21, 2010

Last but not least in our tour of the first flight of servers in Dell’s PowerEdge C line is the C2100.  This was filmed last month at our launch right after we closed down our whisper suite.  Click below and join solutions architect Rafael Zamora as he leads you through the thrills, chills and spills of this cool new machine.

Spoiler Alert! A few Highlights

  • This machine is a great high performance data analytics and cloud optimized storage server.  It’s perfect for use in conjunction with software from our Cloud ISV partners Joyent, Aster Data, Canonical or Greenplum.
  • The entire front can be jam-packed with disk drives for mega storage.  You can get up to 24TB by loading twelve 3.5inch 2TB drives.
  • While the C2100 has same system board as the  C1100, it comes with twice the real estate in a 2U form factor.
  • There’s even a platform for two additional drives that you can use for a bunch of different purposes such as separating production and non-production traffic.

Pau for now….


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