When it comes to cloud computing, data is the once and future king. While most of the cloud computing focus for the last four years has been in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS), traditional enterprise IT vendors have figured out the best chance they have to thwart the ambitions of rivals is to leverage all the data they have access to inside their applications.
New products and services introduced at IBM Pulse in Las Vegas will give IBM's customers and partners even more to work with when it comes to deploying hybrid and private cloud environments, but Big Blue is also adding to its offering for Big Data in the cloud.
It hasn't even been a month since Altiscale launched a Hadoop-as-a-service (HaaS) offering, and the company has already expanded by striking a partnership deal with Carpathia, a cloud operator and provider of managed hosting and cloud services for government and enterprises.
Altiscale has launched a Hadoop-as-a-service offering that the vendor claims is the "first and only cloud service purpose-built to run Apache Hadoop." That may be a bit of a stretch considering there are other Hadoop-as-a-service offerings on the market, but Altiscale seems to be trying to differentiate itself with the release of Altiscale Data Cloud.
Apache Hadoop-focused Cloudera has launched an expanded partner program under the name Cloudera Connect: Cloud, which is based on its Cloudera Connect Partner Program and is meant to drive further partner opportunities in Hadoop Big Data analytics in the cloud.
CenturyLink's Savvis, which provides cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, is taking on data in a big way. The company introduced Savvis Big Data Solutions, which it calls "a full suite of services designed to help organizations glean the most value from their data."
ForeScout Technologies has partnered with Splunk (otherwise known as Those Guys with the Cool T-Shirts at tech conferences) to provide bi-directional interoperability between ForeScout CounterACT and Splunk Enterprise, as well as the new ForeScout App for Splunk Enterprise.
A new business intelligence and big data analytics offering from Capgemini promises Amazon Web Services users the ability to run analytics in the cloud for more timely insight from their data. Elastic Analytics is being positioned as an end-to-end BI and big data analytics solution that provides the infrastructure, management, security, support and maintenance all wrapped up in one cloud offering.