Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureRight on the heels of VMware’s announcement of Log Insight, comes Splunk with their announcement of the beta of Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop. This is a hugely significant development for both Splunk and the big data analytics industry, as it allows customers to use the Splunk indexing, searching and visualization features on top of Hadoop data stores. Continue reading Splunk Launches Beta of Hunk:Splunk Analytics for Hadoop

What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

DataCenterVirtualizationWhat happened to Software Defined Networking? A while back I wrote a post where I thought 2012 would be the year for Software Defined Network (SDN), and I am really surprised that this technology has not gained greater ground. Now that we are halfway through 2013, I find myself still waiting for adoption of this technology to really take off. With investments from  companies like Cisco, IBM, Alcatel, Juniper Networks, Broadcom, Citrix, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, NEC, and Verizon, all of which have current SDN initiatives, SDN will assume a role in IT infrastructure at some point. It just seems like it is going to take a little while longer to catch on. Continue reading What Happened to Software Defined Networking?

CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

CloudComputingFor the entire (brief) history of the cloud computing business there has been too much focus upon infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS) and not enough focus upon applications. CliQr is one of a set of important new cloud management vendors whose offerings focus upon deploying actual applications in on-premise and cloud environments. Other vendors with this focus include ServiceMesh, Cloud Sidekick, Elasticbox, and, of course, VMware with vFabric Application Director. Continue reading CliQr Addresses Cloud Price/Performance with Free Cloud Benchmarking Service

Caching your Application, OS, or Storage

Agile Cloud DevelopmentThere is a new set of tools available for Caching up and down the stack which we covered within Caching through out the Stack, however in reality where is the best place to cache data for your application and what are the ramifications of using such a cache. Recently, we had a caching problem, actually two of them. Both caused by the same thing, a lack of full understanding about what was being cached. For any application, the best way to cache is to cache in memory as close to the application stack as possible, which in our stack could be within the application, the OS, or even a hypervisor based disk cache. However, which does your application actually use? Continue reading Caching your Application, OS, or Storage

A Look at Network Automations Automate 9

DataCenterVirtualizationA look at Network Automations Automate 9: Last month I wrote a post titled “Is Automation Killing the Engineering?” For this post I want to explore the idea that it is not the automation that might be killing the engineering but rather how far and good some of the 3rd party application are in pretty much doing the work for you. One prime example of that concept is Network Automations’ AutoMate 9. Continue reading A Look at Network Automations Automate 9

Big Data Security Tools

VirtualizationSecurityOn the May 30th Virtualization Security Podcast, Michael Webster (@vcdxnz001) joined us Live from HP Discover to discuss what we found at the show and other similar tools around the industry. The big data security news was a loosely coupled product named HAVEn which is derived from several products: Hadoop, Autonomy, Vertica, Enterprise Security, and any number of Apps. HAVEn’s main goal is to provide a platform on top of which HP and others can produce big data applications using Autonomy for unstructured data, Vertica for structured data, Enterprise Security for data governance and hadoop. HP has already built several security tools upon HAVEn, and I expect more. Even so, HAVEn is not the only tools to provide this functionality, but it may be the only one to include data governance in from the beginning. Continue reading Big Data Security Tools