When Google announced its own infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering at its I/O developer conference June 28, called Google Compute Engine, MapR was there to immediately announce it was partnering with the industry giant to distribute its version of the open source software Hadoop.
Just two weeks earlier, MapR announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services, allowing its Hadoop distribution as an option within the Amazon Elastic MapReduce service.
Google Compute Engine is still only a private beta, but the moves place MapR at the forefront of what will be two of the biggest players in the cloud-based IaaS market.
Other popular Hadoop distributors Cloudera and Hortonworks have a host of major industry partners like VMWare and IBM. Hortonworks has a “strategic partnership” with Microsoft to create distributions for Windows Server and Windows Azure, Microsoft’s IaaS offering. At the Hadoop Summit in June, Microsoft announced it had made “steady progress” on its project to help customers implement Hadoop on SQL Server 2012, but has not shipped a finished product.
MapR Vice President of Marketing Jack Norris said his company had been working behind the scenes for a successful integration with cloud infrastructure partners like Google and Amazon.
“What we’re seeing now that the price, performance and the flexibility of cloud infrastructure provides a viable alternative, especially if you look at the rate of big data,” Norris said. “We spent multiple years innovating to deliver that, and these recent announcements are a reflection of all that prior investment.”
Norris said he saw the demand for IaaS increasing, especially for hybrid cloud deployments, where enterprises combine private and public cloud services, and that would likely increase the number of IaaS players in the market.
“We really have just seen the tip of the iceberg for those types of deployments, and I think that will further the demand for infrastructure-as-a-service offerings,” he said.
That’s a view shared by experts like IDC. The research firm said in its forecast for the big data technology and services market that several factors would generate growing demand for cloud-based capabilities: executives seeking to improve operations and to drive innovation will increase the demand for analytics applies to big data. And the shortage of skilled people to implement these projects will send many companies to cloud-based offerings. Infrastructure technology for big data deployments is expected to grow at a 44 percent compound annual growth rate from 2012 to 2015, IDC projects.
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine is still in private, by-invitation-only beta, but will offer Linux Virtual Machines on demand, with one, two, four or eight virtual processing cores with 3.75 gigabytes of RAM per core used. The service runs at Google’s data centers to provide uninterrupted service, though there will be scheduled down time.
Google said the service will encrypt all data at rest, whether it’s local or attached over the network, as a uniform feature.
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