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I first came across Infochimps as they set about building one of the early Data Market offerings. I recorded a couple of podcasts with CTO and co-founder Flip Kromer over the years, in 2009 and 2012, tracking some of the ways in which the company and the market were evolving. Since then the company has moved in a different direction, focusing far more attention upon the tools and services required to work with data, and far less upon offering a place for customers to find data. Infochimps was acquired by CSC last year, and dropped into the larger company’s big data business unit to accelerate it towards far greater market visibility and penetration. In this podcast, I talk with Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade. We quickly cover some of the history, before looking in more detail at the ways in which Infochimps/ CSC can differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded market... (more)

Is PaaS Dying?

The ‘platform’ tier in the middle of cloud computing’s architecture is being squeezed, folded and reshaped beyond recognition. Even with continued investment, can it survive the transformative pressures forcing down upon it from the software/application layer above, or the apparently inexorable upward movement from the infrastructure layer upon which it rests? To look at recent investments and enthusiastic headlines, it would be easy to assume that Platform as a Service (or PaaS) is on the up. RedHat recently trumpeted the launch of OpenShift Enterprise — a ‘private PaaS,’ whate... (more)

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark discusses data, data platforms, and more

The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podcast on Azure with Amitabh Srivastava (then Corporate VP with responsibility for Azure), a 2012 podcast with Piyush Lumba (Director of Product Management for Azure Data Services), and recent short pieces on PowerBI. In this latest podcast, I talk with Quentin Clark to get a view on how the various pieces ... (more)

Teradata Labs President Scott Gnau discusses the evolving data analytics market

With all the noise around newer technologies such as Hadoop, it would be easy to assume that the data analytics space is new — and totally dominated by the NewSQL/ NoSQL tools pouring out of the world’s startups. It would be easy. But it would also be wrong. Data analytics, business intelligence, and related ideas are not new. Companies such as Teradata (and others) have been selling enterprise tools here for 30 years or more, and these companies are proving resilient as the market shifts and evolves around them. In this podcast I talk with Scott Gnau, President of Teradata Labs. ... (more)

Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde talks about Big Data, and lessons from the world of High Performance Computing

It’s sometimes easy to assume that the large clusters of commodity servers commonly associated with open source big data and NoSQL approaches like Hadoop have made supercomputers and eye-wateringly expensive high performance computing (HPC) installations a thing of the past. But Adaptive Computing CEO Robert Clyde argues that the world of HPC has evolved, and that the machines in HPC labs now look an awful lot more like regular computers than they used to. They use the same x86-based chipsets, and they run the same (often Linux) operating systems. Furthermore, Clyde argues that ... (more)