EMC Simplifies Big Data Deployments

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Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Big Data collection and analysis remains a priority for businesses in 2015, but traditional onsite deployments remain costly and complex. To address these challenges, EMC has announced the imminent release of a new Federation Business Data Lake (FBDL) product.

Combining technologies from VMWare, Pivotal, VCE RSA and EMC’s own storage products, the FBDL is intended to help businesses deploy Big Data solutions quickly and securely to the entire enterprise. EMC estimates that the FBDL product will shorten Big Data deployment lead times from several months to just one week.

The FBDL also offers a level of flexibility not usually found in pre-packaged solutions, allowing organizations to manage data from within the FBDL or on existing enterprise content stores. It is this support for existing onsite data stores which will be of greatest interest to CDS customers. Full details have yet to be released, but the unlimited source support suggests that FBDL may also access other non-EMC branded data stores.

FBDL customers also have a choice of Hadoop distributions, with support for Cloudera and Hortonworks. This open ecosystem allows businesses to use pre-configured blocks to build an infrastructure that is tailored to their specific needs. This means the FBDL system will slot neatly into existing infrastructures, as well as providing a solid, flexible basis for new developments.

The FBDL platform also uses Cloud-like functions to provision and pool storage automatically, allowing for growth as demand increases. And by using a fully virtualised environment, FBDL ensures that resources are maximized.

EMC are confident that by offering choice and integration, the FBDL product will help maximize return on investment without significantly increasing total cost of ownership. For CDS customers who have infrastructure built around post-warranty hardware and systems, the FBDL product may prove even more cost-effective, allowing them to enter the Big Data analytics arena without having to significantly upgrade their storage platform.

EMC has announced that the FBDL product will be available later this month. A series of high profile events and workshops are also scheduled to accompany the launch. In the meantime, you can read more about the Federation Business Data Lake on the EMC Federation website.

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