Monthly Archives: August 2012

My First Try of Hadoop Azure

During the breaks of my vacation last week, I tried the Technology Preview for the Apache Hadoop-based Service on Windows Azure. The service is not yet publicly available and requiring Microsoft approval. Here is the link that I used to file my application. It took several days for me to get the email with invitation code. Sorry that I cannot include the code here. :-)

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Your Cloud, My Cloud, or Our Cloud? Rethinking VMware Public Cloud Strategy

About two weeks ago, CRN published an article about VMware Zephyr project. According to the article, VMware plans to launch a public IaaS cloud to compete with Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, and more directly with existing VMware vCloud service providers. The reason for the move is “because none of its service provider partners are moving fast enough. Look at the adoption rate of vCloud Director with service providers — it is non-existent.”

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Big Data: How Big is Big?

I came across a video on Youtube over the past weekend: Big Ideas: How Big is Big Data. Although coming with several mentions of EMC, it’s very well prepared and demonstrated with white-boarding, therefore worthwhile to share here.

Some of the key points made from the video include:

  • The growth is accelerating. By 2020, there will be 50x more data than today.
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Why VMware Needs A New Direction

In my last article, I analyzed the real motivation behind the VMware’s recent intention to acquire Nicira. In this article, I am going to review VMware’s past strategies and predict its long term strategies. In short, VMware’s past growth strategy is “vertical,” and its future growth strategy should be “horizontal.”

Past Strategy Review

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What Are Cisco’s Options to VMware’s Nicira Deal?

VMware’s acquisition of Nicira posted a big risk on Cisco’s future control of networking market. The risk was in fact there from day one of VMware ESX with virtual switches and then distributed virtual switches, which reduces the need for customers to buy physical geeks from Cisco because virtual machines use “free” virtual ports. For the inter-physical server communication, customers still need Cisco and other vendors even though the volume is not as high as otherwise. That is why Cisco quickly came up with its own distributed virtual switch Nexus 1000v to stay relevant in the virtualization market.

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