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March 07, 2013

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CTO Chief

Great blog. Inspired me - Database Evolution Revolution

Tom Lasseter

A great article which raises some very interesting points which I would like to see further explored.

The success we've seen in big data applications are in new applications built from scratch on new and highly-performant data models such as Hadoop. However, the vast majority of current applications and current data models are legacy ones as you note which must be massively rewritten to take advantage of the datacloud opportunity.

The big opportunity then is to provide a reliable migration path for these legacy apps and data models to these new datacloud versions.

The challenge is cobbling together a partnership between companies who want to utilize dataclouds and companies with the requisite software and hardware technology to provide them. No single company can provide a complete solution either technically, organizationally, or politically. Unfortunately, I don't see these partnerships forming, certainly not in my industry (oil & gas). Do you? How would you see them developing?

Thank you again for your thought-provoking blog.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Tom -- thoughtful comment, so thanks.

The current structure of the industry and players is organized around legacy value propositions: here's what I used to do in the past.

If you agree with my premises, obviously there will have to be new organizational constructs created (companies, business units, alliances, JVs, etc.) that can cross the historical boundaries. We're all organized across the legacy.

Internally here at EMC, we just formally announced the Pivotal Initative, which was our internal recognition of the need to "organize for success" across traditional boundaries. Historical assets plus some new ones, put in a new business unit and given a rather radical new mission -- build the technology and the ecosystem for the datacloud.

Simply put, there's a large number entrepreneurial opportunities at hand, and I'm waiting to see who else starts to throw their hats into the ring.

Thanks!

-- Chuck

Elan - App Development

Good post about the cloud concept and big data concept. Learn interesting and new things.

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