Bigstep, a UK-based provider of bare-metal cloud servers, has partnered with big data specialist Datameer to offer its Hadoop-based software as an analytics service delivered from the cloud. This should remove the need for enterprises to deploy and manage Hadoop themselves.
Available now, Datameer Professional joins a number of other services offering the Hadoop platform as a cloud-hosted service, such as Microsoft's Azure HDInsight and Rackspace's OnMetal Cloud Big Data.
However, Bigstep claims that its service is easier to use, quicker to get up and running, and offers better performance than rivals.
"The Datameer-Bigstep offering provides the shortest time to insights. Business users can get going within 20 minutes. Bigstep is fully automated, making it very easy to get started, and Datameer Professional's drag-and-drop interface is as easy to use as Excel," Bigstep commercial director Ioana Hreninciuc told V3.
Hadoop has seen rapid adoption over the past few years as businesses of all sizes look to glean some insight from the disparate data gathered from their own business and other sources.
However, many firms lack the skills and resources for a traditional on-premise deployment, and Bigstep and Datameer are offering a solution that enables these customers to get started.
Datameer Professional is deployed onto bare metal servers in Bigstep's data centre to deliver the best level of performance, whereas customers using Azure HDInsights are running their solution inside a virtual machine.
Rackspace's offering is based on bare metal servers, but Hreninciuc claimed that it is also a shared environment, while Datameer Professional uses dedicated infrastructure for a more secure and scalable Hadoop environment.
"It's as if each client has a secure, high-performance, on-premise deployment, but can scale infinitely, just like the cloud. Each client has full control over their own solution - the environment is not shared with anyone else," she said.
Datameer Professional starts off relatively small, priced at $50,000 (£32,500) which breaks down to $400 (£260) per month for up to 25 users and five server nodes. This is half the price of Datameer's own enterprise offering, which costs $100,000 (£65,000).
Datameer Professional in the Bigstep Full Metal Cloud is the most affordable and agile option for business executives within an organisation, Bigstep said.
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