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OK. Let's talk about Analytics and Big Data. How does a vendor-supported object storage platform make it easier to implement analytics?

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If you are planning to run analytics on an object platform you have a number of options. EMC ECS Appliance, for example, uses a shared- storage architecture which enables you to use the storage for Object and HDFS (Hadoop). There are even models that incorporate block storage. All of this storage can be seen as a large elastic pool of data that is easily analyzed via Hadoop analytics and applications like Pivotal. The main benefit is that the data can be analyzed in its native form and does not require extract, transform, and load processes.

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Good points. Looking more at staff and other resources. How does an organization assess skills and resources when deciding between a vendor-supported platform or building its own in-house?

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The best choice is a highly individualized decision based on numerous criteria, but I suggest that any organization faced with this decision begin by asking the following questions:

  • How experienced is IT staff with open-source solutions like OpenStack Swift? What would be the learning curve?
  • How quickly does a solution need to get into production so that app developers can start deploying? Is there a competitive advantage to quick deployment?
  • How would a home grown solution be managed as it scales?
  • Does the desired solution require geo-scaling and high availability?
  • How valuable is automation and management to the object store implementation? Will point solutions from multiple vendors play well together?
  • How mission critical is the deployment? If there is an issue, how quickly would deep
    technical expertise need to be available to restore the service?
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Check out the technical Specification Sheet to see the primary features and detailed specs for ECS Appliance.

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If you've been following this Ask the Expert discussion, and wonder where its all going, please check out this post to the Emerging Technologies Blog by Mark O'Connell who has been one of the experts sharing his time with us the past two weeks. In today's post, Mark talks about how all roads lead to ... hyperconvergence. Good stuff!

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This Ask the Expert session is now complete. Thank you for joining us over the past two weeks in this interesting discussion. Please feel free to keep up to date on everything software-defined with EMC by subscribing to the Emerging Technologies Blog and by joining and following the ViPR Community!

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Hi, how do we enable this feature? I am exploring option to store small files to ECS to improve the performance. Thanks in advance.

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