EMC's New Greenplum Analytics Appliance

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-22 Print this article Print

This is a plug-in appliance that enables IT shops to combine a shared-nothing MPP (macro pre-processor) relational database with enterprise-class Apache Hadoop.

EMC took another dive into the "big data" processing pool Sept. 21 when it introduced a new analytics appliance that runs on its Greenplum software. The announcement was made at the O'Reilly Strata Conference in New York City.

The data storage provider is positioning the Greenplum Modular Data Computing Appliance as the industry's first "complete" big data analytics platform that can handle several petabytes of data. This is a plug-in appliance that enables IT shops to combine a shared-nothing macro pre-processor (MPP) relational database with enterprise-class Apache Hadoop in a single, unified box to process both structured and unstructured data.

Apache Hadoop, administered and maintained by the Apache Foundation, is the most widely used big data analytics processing software currently in the industry.

Greenplum DCA modules provide IT shops the ability to start small and expand the appliance network in quarter-rack increments based on processing performance or storage capacity needs, EMC said. 

In addition to mixing and matching Greenplum Database and Greenplum HD (Hadoop) modules, enterprises can also bring their business-intelligence applications directly into the cluster, and port them to the same appliance through the use of optional Greenplum Data Integration Accelerator modules. The result is a unified big data platform combining structured and unstructured data and applications in a single infrastructure, EMC said.

The EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance is available now.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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