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Dell and BlueData – Better Together

Today represents another important milestone for BlueData, as we just announced our partnership with Dell and inclusion in their Technology Partner Program at the highest level.

dell technology partnerThe Dell Technology Partner Program consists of three levels: “Registered”, “Verified” and “Certified”. The “Certified” level is relatively exclusive and difficult to attain; it requires Dell engineers to physically install and test the joint solution on Dell hardware (in Dell labs).

The objective for the additional scrutiny and validation at the “Certified” level is to assure customers that these solutions meet Dell’s highest standards for various use cases and industry applications. BlueData is indeed honored to have been selected and added to an elite group of software partners – including Cloudera, Datameer, and Revolution Analytics (now Microsoft) – that have been certified by Dell for Big Data.

Why is this important?

This new relationship builds on our strategic partnership with Intel – as well as our recent collaboration with EMC – to deliver the best possible solutions for our customers deploying Big Data infrastructure and applications on-premises. I think Dell’s Kris Applegate (Solution Architect, Cloud & Big Data Solutions) summarized it perfectly in a recent configuration guide that he wrote:

“Two of the most disruptive trends in recent IT memory are Cloud and Big Data. These two technologies have been running straight at each other for years. While many public cloud implementations of Hadoop use virtualized platforms to provide their services, customers with on-premises requirements have been looking for something that offers the flexibility of virtualization but with the performance of bare-metal.”

I’ve been following the debate in the Hadoop industry about deployment models for quite some time now. This debate typically compares on-premises infrastructure versus public cloud deployments – weighing the pros and cons of the various cost, agility, performance, and security considerations. While both sides offer their own merits, the comparison has focused on two options: bare-metal Hadoop on-premises or Hadoop-as-a-Service in the public cloud (e.g. Amazon EMR).

NotepadBut there is another option. At the end of last year, I wrote a blog post about how it’s time to bring the benefits of virtualization and container technology to Big Data. Kris echoed these same comments in his recent article on CIO.com where he highlighted the opportunity to virtualize Big Data infrastructure and introduce Big-Data-as-a-Service in an on-premises deployment model.

What if you could apply the agility and cost benefits of the public cloud with the security and performance benefits of bare-metal for Hadoop? What if there was a software platform that allowed enterprises to:

  • shorten on-premises Big Data deployment times by 90% or more;
  • reduce CapEx hardware expenditures by 75% – leveraging containers and virtualization;
  • reduce OpEx staff costs by 50% – with out-of-the-box, pre-integrated support for Hadoop and Spark distributions;
  • provide their data science teams with the flexibility to spin up instant clusters for Big Data analytics (including their preferred applications) in just a few mouse clicks – without having to understand the complexities of Hadoop and Spark.

This is the disruption that BlueData brings to the Big Data industry. We’ve partnered with leading Big Data distribution vendors (including Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR) and application software providers (such as AtScale, Datameer, Platfora, Splunk, and Trifacta) to deliver this Big-Data-as-a-Service experience for on-premises deployments. Now, by joining the Dell Technology Partner Program at the “Certified” level, we’ve added a key new infrastructure partner with global reach and Big Data expertise that our enterprise customers recognize, trust, and rely upon. It’s a game changer.

One of the benefits of this partnership is that BlueData will now be featured in Dell’s global network of solution centers: technical centers that provide a hands-on environment with state-of-the-art labs and solution experts. I recently visited the local Dell solution center in Santa Clara, California; it’s an impressive facility and the team is top-notch. Now you can visit one of these solution centers in your own area to see how Big-Data-as-a-Service works in an on-premises deployment, powered by BlueData software and Dell hardware.

You can also read about how to deploy the BlueData EPIC software platform on Dell PowerEdge Servers in the configuration guide here:

If you have any questions, feel free to ping me on Twitter or LinkedIn – or contact the BlueData team here.