Save Big Money with Big Data

Data in data warehouses doubles every 2.5 years. For users, this means more data to analyze, leading to better business outcomes. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this extra storage capacity and computing power comes at a cost. A high cost it turns out.

So what is an enterprise to do?

Keep writing bigger and bigger checks to the data warehouse vendor? At least the business can take advantage of the extra data?

Or should they move some of the lesser-used data to tape? That will save money. But it will also limit business access to this now “off-line” data which may mean missed business opportunities.

What if there was a third option that would preserve the on-line access for the business analysts and control these escalating costs for IT?

Cisco’s new Big Data Warehouse Expansion solution announced this week at Cisco Live provides this third option.

Log in here to access the presentations at Cisco Live on Cisco’s new Big Data Warehouse Expansion.

Cisco Big Data Warehouse Expansion is a new offering that combines hardware, software and services to help customers control the costs of their ever-expanding data warehouses by offloading infrequently used data to low-cost big data stores. Analytics are enriched as more data is retained and all data remains accessible.

Components in the solution include:

  • Cisco UCS optimized for big data stores.
  • Cisco Data Virtualization for federating multiple data sources.
  • Appfluent VisibilityTM to deliver analytics on business activity and data usage across Teradata, Oracle / Exadata, IBM DB2, IBM Netezza, IBM® PureData™ for Analytics and Hadoop.
  • Cisco Services methodology for assessing, migrating, virtualizing and operating a logically expanded warehouse.

If you are looking for a solution to your rising enterprise data warehouse costs, look no further than Cisco.

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“Companies that inject big data and analytics into their operations show productivity rates and profitability that are 5% to 6% higher than those of their peers.”

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More Data = Better Analysis

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  • big data from sources like Hadoop;
  • cloud data from SaaS applications and public providers;
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  • personal/desktop data from spreadsheets and flat files.

Data virtualization is an optimal solution to integrate all these sources, thereby improving analysis and business insight.

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In our ever changing technology environment, new opportunities are everywhere.  Predictive analytics, big data, mobile, cloud and virtualization are but a few.

These new technologies improve business competitiveness, increase agility, save money and more.

But migrating from existing systems can be risk prone.  And efforts often drag out.

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I have been doing enterprise architecture for a long time. From my early days as a consultant at Accenture to my role at CTO of webMethods and for the past several years working with Composite Software’s largest enterprise customers, I find enterprise architecture a wonderful challenge.

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