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Five Minute Briefing - Information Management
March 6, 2012

Five Minute Briefing - Information Management: March 6, 2012. A concise weekly report with key product news, market research and insight for data management professionals and IT executives.

News Flashes

MarkLogic Corporation has joined the technology partner program of Hortonworks, a leading vendor promoting the development and support of Apache Hadoop. According to the vendors, by leveraging MarkLogic and Hortonworks, organizations will be able to seamlessly combine the power of MapReduce with MarkLogic's real-time, interactive analysis and indexing on a single, unified platform. There are two main reasons that MarkLogic has chosen to partner with Hortonworks, says Justin Makeig, senior product manager at MarkLogic. One is Hortenworks' extensive experience with Hadoop installations and the second is that its core product is 100% open source.

Pentaho Corporation, an open source business analytics company, has formed a strategic partnership with DataStax, a provider of big data solutions built upon the Apache Cassandra project, a high performance NoSQL database. The relationship will provide native integration between Pentaho Kettle and Apache Cassandra. This will merge the scalable, low-latency performance of Cassandra with Kettle's visual interface for high-performance ETL, as well as integrated reporting, visualization and interactive analysis capabilities. According to the companies, organizations seeking to leverage their big data have found it difficult to implement and employ analytics technologies. "One of the big challenges today is ease of use of these tools," says Ian Fyfe, Pentaho's chief technology evangelist. Often built on open source projects, it "takes a lot of deep skills to use these systems, and these are skills that are hard to find," he explains.

Think About It

While many of the low-end PC makers have been struggling of late with the new tablet paradigm that is all the rage, high-end systems are doing just fine, thank you. IBM says that new market research puts them on the top of the server market as of the fourth quarter of 2011, with more than a third of market share in terms of revenues. System z and Power Systems led the way in the high-end server market as well (defined as servers costing more than $250,000), with a 70% market slice.