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This week, DZone published their 2014 Cloud Platform Report which reveals that Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has increased adoption over Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). This proves an inflection point and signals toward the pent up demand for a developer’s renaissance—where application advances will flourish and innovation will snowball. This post answers two questions, “Why PaaS?” and “Why Now?” with some interesting insights on market forces and advancements that are powering this surge in adoption and productivity.
Big data solutions and services are the big green field opportunities for many industries. Hindered by privacy concerns for subscribers, fear of hugely expensive special purpose hardware expenses, and complicated system integration, Telcos by and large have been timid to tackle the opportunities of big data. This week, that is changing. Vodafone is showing mobile carriers how they built a functioning, useful app in just 3 weeks, solving privacy concerns and using ready-to-run commodity hardware and software in the process. This type of solution is set to garner them massive revenue streams, address customer satisfaction and retention issues, while maybe even lowering your phone bill at the same time.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! This is the greeting heard by half the world today, as we welcome in the Chinese New Year. In the 40 days that surround this Spring Festival, 3.6 billion people, or roughly half the world, stops to celebrate new life and rest before the new season of ploughing and sowing begins. In today’s digitally driven world, this is a major event impacting transportation, communication and commerce. In this post, we share the background and an 18 minute webinar from IISI’s CTO, Dr. YC Liu, and Pivotal’s Chief Architect of GemFire, Jags Ramnarayan, discussing the technology transformation on China’s Railroad reservation system and how it is opening the doors for China’s railways to scale for the future of 5 billion passengers.
The largest single migration of humans occurs around the Chinese New Year when the world’s largest population book flights and trains or travels by car to get to friends and family for the holiday. This caused a huge spike in demand at the China Railway Corporation’s online ticketing system—and has created many performance issues. The team responsible for fixing these problems chose Pivotal GemFire to achieve the reliability and scale needed from their data tier.
Today, Pivotal is proud to announce that Microsoft and eBay veteran Hugh E. Williams is joining Pivotal as Senior Vice President of our Research & Development team. Obviously, anytime a company hires a new executive, this is big news for the company. In this case, however, this is big news for the software development industry as a whole as Hugh sets out to lead our Pivotal One initiative during a breakout year, lending his experience and leadership to helping companies worldwide have access to the consumer-grade tooling that will help them develop like internet giants.
2014 is set to be a perfect storm that will flatten out the unnatural boundaries between data, devices and development. By the end of this year, developers will evolve to become the ‘one-stop’ shop to fluently translate business needs to the web. At the same time, the productivity gains realized by tooling advances will allow the developer to enmesh themselves further in strategic business decisions, increasing the importance of their role in the success of every modern business. In this post, we cover 6 areas that are going to be bold changes for the developer—from PaaS becoming mainstream to Java’s resurgence and the drone economy.
Pivotal is proud to announce a new addition to our Hadoop leadership team, Apache Bigtop founder Roman Shaposhnik. A self-described “Sun guy” steeped in Linux and open source culture, Roman is best known in the industry for his later work on the Apache Hadoop project at both Yahoo! and Cloudera, where he notably started the Bigtop integration, packaging and validation project. In this Q&A, Roman gives us how Apache Bigtop came to be and his perspective on Pivotal’s DNA, vision, and ambition—the things that brought him on board.
This week, Nucleus Research compiled an independent report profiling how NYSE Euronext used what was to become Pivotal Data Dispatch to conquer one of the most important data challenges in the market. With their stock trades representing one third of the world’s equities volume, and federal regulations requiring them to keep 7 years history, by 2006 their data volume was staggering. The cost to maintain this data and the penalties the business was paying with the latency of data results was unacceptable. However, instead of following the norm in the industry and continuing to invest in monolithic data stores that had fixed data ceilings, NYSE Euronext read the future and decided to embrace modern big data strategies early, resulting in a scalable and cost affordable data solution. As a result, they are now recognized as a early leader in the big data market, achieving payback for their efforts in just 3 months and enjoying a staggering 377% annual ROI.
The Economist published a piece that centers on the CIO agenda. Specifically, they look at a recent Gartner survey of chief information officers where two-thirds said they expected to change their primary IT suppliers by 2017. Asked to name the most influential vendor of the next ten years, they placed Apple third, Google second—and an unnamed “different vendor” at the top, which the Economist posits could likely be Pivotal. Given our foothold in open source projects that run more than half the worlds websites today, and our mission to make those technologies work better together to close the loop on the “holy cycle” of applications, data and analytics, this is a completely reasonable prediction.