Last week I joined my colleagues Rob Hirschfeld (RAH, @zehicle, http://robhirschfeld.com/) and Joseph George (JBG, @jbgeorge, http://jbgeorge.net/) in a conversation with the CloudCast crew talking about Dell’s leadership in two of the hottest technologies in the market today – OpenStack and Hadoop.
Second, here are some of the highlights from Episode 16: Dell, Dude you’re getting a cloud
- 3:40 JBG “we are listening to our customers tell us what they want to accomplish”
- 4:40 RAH “humility is part of [what we're] doing … cloud is about learning and collaboration”
- 6:40 RAH “OpenStack filled a niche. It was the first open source community cloud. … Not just open source, its open community.”
- 8:57 – RAH “Cloud is not just one thing. You have to have all the pieces.”
- 10: 15 – RAH “Cloud is always ready, never finished”
- 12:40 – AD “Dell has been in the Big data space for many years now. Dell has a long history providing hardware for hyper scale data centers. In fact, it is our that runs some of the largest cloud deployments in the world, and I’m referring to Microsoft, Amazon and Yahoo [...] Having the kind of expertise that it takes to deliver highly efficient (and hyperdense) for the cloud allowed to enter the cloud applications space with several tested and proven solutions. Over the years we’ve done several end-to-end solutions. In the cloud space, we’ve done the Dell | Joyent cloud, the Dell | Canonical UEC cloud and recently we announced the Dell | OpenStack cloud solution. In the Big Data space we’ve done designs with Aster Data and Greenplum. Little over one year ago we started hearing from our customers about this thing called Hadoop. We’ve done several roundtables with potential Hadoop customers and we realized that in order to have a solid Hadoop offering our approach should be an end-to-end solution. It was at these roundtables where we learned that Cloudera was/is the leading Hadoop distribution. Turns out that on their side, Cloudera had seen most of their customers buying Dell hardware to implement the cluster. ”
- 22:02 – RAH “Crowbar started from our frustration of bringing up a cloud quickly … so we took a DevOps approach.”
- 22:41 – RAH “You had to have a system view AND a boot strapping view simultaneously”
- 23:50 – JBG “Crowbar was born out of necessity because we were setting up and blowing away our clouds over and over and over again. “
- 28:20 – JBG “We’re seeing the community pick up Crowbar as a way to deploy”
The video that Brian and Aaron were referring to:
Breaking news: the CloudCast team kindly invited us come back to talk more about Dell and Big Data. It’s going to be interesting! Stay tuned!