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Six Degrees of Big Data

When you think Big Data you most certainly don’t think about acclaimed actor Kevin Bacon (most famous for the game six degrees of Kevin Bacon), but maybe you should. Earlier today he opened the Meg Whitman’s HP Discover 2013 keynote address. Throughout his discussion he continuously returned to the idea that technology has the power to bring us all closer together, what he referred to as connectedness—and harnessing the power of Big Data plays a central role to achieving that goal. Storing, analyzing, and accessing information, he said, is key to creating connectedness. Now is our time to define what matters.

Big Data in the Discover Zone

Meg specifically called out Vertica and Autonomy as integral pieces of HP’s Big Data strategy (we were one of only a handful of HP technologies specifically referenced!). We are tasked, she noted, with managing more data and complexity than ever before and that shift demands a new style of IT—one that relies on hardware, software, and services. HP is uniquely positioned to deliver in all three of these avenues. Most importantly she continued to relate a message near and dear to Vertica, that partners and customers are the heart of HP. Throughout the address Meg made it clear that IT, specifically Big Data, is a vital and vibrant part of HP’s future strategy—and Vertica is vital to achieving that level of success.

Big Data and Even Bigger Laptops at HP Discover 2013

Despite the fact that the thermometer is hovering around a balmy 110 degrees this week in Las Vegas, the HP Vertica team is thrilled to be a part of HP Discover 2013—and Big Data is front and center this year. There are a bunch of great sessions sprinkled throughout the week and an entire section of the Discover Zone is dedicated to the topic. Along with three Vertica booths, we have a number of speaking engagements, including a panel discussion about translating Big Data into business success featuring our own Colin Mahony.

Giant laptop in the Discover Zone

Walking into the exhibition hall I was immediately struck by the impeccable details from floor to ceiling (many more photos to come). I’m not sure what I was expecting, I knew it would be great, but I didn’t expect to see a 20 foot HP laptop replica that you could interact with. From the grandiose images draping from floor to ceiling to the multicolored lighting greeting you as you enter, HP did incredible work. It’s really remarkable how this all comes together in the end and I’m looking forward to a great week. I’ll be posting periodic updates throughout the week so stay tuned for more from HP Discover 2013.

Boom Times for Boston’s Biggest Data

It’s boom times at HP Vertica – as the Boston area’s first and biggest Big Data technology provider, we continue to grow and expand our employee base and ecosystem.

We had a full house last week for our spring Open House, which gave us a chance to have friends of the company including current (of course) and future employees, strategic partners and even members of our alumni network.

As with any growth business in a highly dynamic market, occasionally people decide to move on but it was gratifying to have a number of former colleagues join us – some of whom have become customers, and a few of which have even re-joined the company recently!

Over the next few weeks, HP Vertica will be taking things on the road to HP Discover Las Vegas and will be involved in some major strategic announcements regarding HP’s Big Data strategy, so watch this space for more.

We’re also going to be on the road for our Discover Performance series and a number of industry events – check our website for details.

And last but not at all least, we’ve got our HP Vertica Big Data Conference in early August – click here or on the image below to learn more and to register. We’re expecting another full house including our base of current and future customers, strategic partners and of course many of our colleagues from worldwide HP – sign up now, since space is limited and Early Bird Pricing expires June 28!

Register here

Big Data Analytics without Big Data Complexity

New analytics deployments can be complex, taking up to 18 months to implement and optimize. The complexity of maintaining and integrating these environments often results in missed deadlines, incomplete projects, increased costs, and lost opportunities. In fact, only 32 percent* of application deployments are rated as “’successful”’ by organizations.

To remove this Big Data complexity, we are pleased to announce the general availability of the HP AppSystem for Vertica. Following through on the initial announcement at HP Discover as part of the HP AppSystems portfolio, the HP AppSystem for Vertica ensures system performance and reduces implementation time from months to a matter of hours.

But what is an AppSystem and is it right for you?

Built on the HP Converged Infrastructure, the new HP AppSystem for Vertica is a fully pre-integrated technology stack that includes a specifically optimized hardware configuration, factory pre-loaded OS, and the HP Vertica Analytics Platform environment.

HP AppSystem for Vertica is ideal for organizations interested in accelerating time-to-business value with high-performance, massively scalable analytics at each layer of IT infrastructure — server, storage, network, and management. As a result, you can scale seamlessly, while adding capacity as your analytics needs for Big Data evolve.
We encourage you to learn more about the HP AppSystem for Vertica — and get started removing complexity to capitalize on your big data analytics initiatives.

* = CHAOS Summary 2009, Jim Johnson, Standish Group, April 2009

Big Data, Information Optimization, and Bulldozers at HP Discover

Nearly 10,000 HP customers, partners, prospects, and employees met in Frankfurt, Germany for HP Discover, which was abuzz with major announcements (including “Bulldozer” or HP Vertica Analytics Platform 6.1) and spirited discussions around Big Data and Information Optimization.

The blogosphere, news feeds, and headlines are dominated by the challenges and perceived virtues of Big Data. But is it all just hype and how can companies really monetize, and avoid getting swallowed up by, all this Big Data? And what does Information Optimization mean and how is Big Data and Information Optimization related, if at all?

The HP Vertica team played a central role in answering these very questions throughout the conference in sessions, press and media briefings, CIO tours, blogging sessions, news video interviews, and even livestream Twitter chats.

Opening Session on Information Optimization


To kick off the conference, Colin Mahony joined panelists Professor Andrew McAfee of the MIT Sloan School of Management, John Sontag of HP Labs, and Paul Miller of HP Enterprise Group to offer their perspectives on the potential impact of Big Data on every organization — even going so far as to propose that those businesses who avoid Big Data (or, at a minimum, do not implement a strategy) risk becoming extinct to more nimble competitors.

June Manley of HP Software also shared some interesting results from an independent study conducted by Coleman Parkes in October 2012 with senior business executives and senior technology executives:

  • 84% of executives said that they DO NOT have the right information at the point of need that enables them to obtain actionable insight that drives the right business outcome
  • Only 10% of executives said their organization currently incorporates unstructured data into their enterprise insights, processes, and strategy

Enter Information Optimization, enabling enterprises to harness the power of Big Data by storing, managing, understanding and acting upon the variety, velocity, and volume of organizational data to drive maximum Return on Information. In summary, it’s the HP solution that enables enterprises to monetize all of their Big Data.

Professor McAfee concluded this session by challenging the audience to avoid listening to HIPPOs (Highest Paid Person’s Opinion) and learn from how companies and organizations are using Big Data to accelerate drug discovery, optimize airline seat and scheduling, and even accurately predict the 2012 presidential election.

Livestream Twitter Chat on Big Data

HP also piloted its first livestream Twitter chat on Big Data. Led by Paul Muller of HP Software, the leading question was: How can you harness the true power of business data to stay competitive while remaining compliant?

I joined Randy Cairns and Brian Weiss of HP Autonomy in providing our insights and answering a steady flow of questions from bloggers and Twitter followers (#infoopt). Topics covered how organizations can stay compliant and derive value from the unfathomable amount of unstructured data, the security concerns introduced with such broad access to Big Data, and which data (structured, unstructured, semistructued) to retain and use and which data to confidently discard.


For our responses and perspectives, see the archived video chat.


Announcing “Bulldozer” HP Vertica Analytics Platform 6.1

We rolled out our “Bulldozer” HP Vertica Analytics Platform 6.1 at the show to much fanfare and interest from companies in need of maximum speed, performance, and scale to power their Big Data analytics initiatives. For an overview, see Luis Maldonado’s blog post as well as Colin Mahony’s video interview with Yahoo!

Those are our perspectives, but we always learn the most from you, our community. So, we welcome your thoughts and feedback.

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