Baseball Was the Common

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-07-26 Print this article Print

Thread"> Major League Baseball was the common customer that brought Sun and Greenplum together several months ago into the partnership that eventually produced the new appliance, Golkar said.

"When Jonathan [Schwartz, Suns CEO] found out about what Greenplum could do, he blogged that he thought Greenplum was one of the smartest startups hed seen," Golkar said.
"Then the wheels started turning; we already had Thumper, and we decided to use Greenplums software, so our group starting working overtime and through holidays to get this done."
Justin Shaffer, senior vice president of new media for MLB, said that his organization needs to "collect data about every single pitch, over the course of 2,430 games each year, [so] the power necessary to analyze and make available that data has become incredibly important. "The new data warehouse appliance has the potential to open up new ways in which can share information with our customers and partners," Shaffer said. IT publisher Tim OReilly said that the new appliance can transform the way companies think about handling big data. "As OReilly continues to harness the collective intelligence of the Web to better understand the technology industry and where its headed, the ability to quickly and cost-effectively analyze large volumes of data is critical," said Tim OReilly, CEO of OReilly Media. "In the new era of Web 2.0, data will become the next Intel Inside. Together, Sun and Greenplum are creating technologies based on open source that will help power the next generation of companies and services." But will companies trust it? How hard will it be for mainstream companies to believe such an open source/general standards storage system at such an inexpensive price will be reliable enough to do daily, often mission-critical production work? "Theres little question in my mind that the specific combination of hardware and software will present certain educational challenges to a potential customer, but there are several factors that will mitigate potential skepticism," analyst Stephen OGrady of Red Monk in Denver, Colo., told eWEEK. "First is the open-source pedigree of the database. While it does not have the traction that MySQL does, the Postgres core of the Greenplum software is very well regarded," OGrady said. Click here to read about how Sun is banking on its upgraded storage business. Second, is the almost universally positive reviews that Suns latest x64 entries are getting. Last, the price. Paradoxically, the low cost, which is potentially a concern for some customers, could ultimately be its strongest selling point," OGrady said. Greenplum, based in San Mateo, Calif., is only three years old and not a well-known entity, even though PostgreSQL database has built a good reputation. Does that cause a problem of uncertainty among potential enterprise customers? "Suns reputation is, I think, a positive factor here in that: a) they have a reputation for being able to sell high end systems—a plus when youre competing against Teradata, and b) they have some good momentum and mind share working for them with their new hardware lines," OGrady said. "This offering is an intriguing one from a storage market perspective. It represents a collapsing of the server and storage layers, so that the application can be run right on top of the storage." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.

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 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 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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