HP and NoSQL database specialist DataStax have teamed up to offer a joint offering for big data processing using HP's Moonshot server platform and the DataStax Enterprise software based on the Apache Cassandra NoSQL database project.
Available immediately, the service is intended to offer a ready-made database management solution capable of handling huge amounts of data and that can scale out as required.
Customers can approach HP or DataStax as a first point of contact, and support is available from either firm.
The hardware side of the equation is HP's Moonshot server, more specifically using the Moonshot enclosure fitted with Proliant m710 cartridges, each of which is a discrete Intel Xeon E3-1284L v3 quad-core server with 32GB of memory and up to 480GB of solid state drive storage.
This platform was selected because it offers the optimum architecture for running DataStax Enterprise, according to the firm. Each Moonshot enclosure can fit 45 cartridges, each equipped with direct attached local storage, which is an ideal fit for the distributed nature of Apache Cassandra.
"The era of big data is here, and the reason is economics. The price of storage has come down to the point where it is feasible for any company to store unlimited data," said Matt Pfeil, co-founder and chief customer officer at DataStax.
However, traditional systems such as data warehouses or SQL databases depend on the hardware to handle scaling for them, typically requiring a costly high-end storage area network (SAN), according to Pfeil.
"In contrast, Hadoop and NoSQL have been designed to play on low-cost commodity hardware, taking many independent servers and making them work as one. Because of this we've seen a lot of Oracle workloads in the enterprise migrate to Cassandra," Pfeil said.
In addition, a SAN is a single point of failure which can take down the whole system if something happens, he added.
Although targeting specific verticals, HP's Moonshot servers are still based on commodity hardware and fit a lot of processing power into a relatively small space and at a relatively low level of power consumption.
The launch customer for the joint solution is document management firm SpringCM, which had already been using Cassandra as the back-end database to power its applications and services.
"At peak, their content management system handles between four million and five million transactions per second, and their migration will see them go from using six HP ProLiant DL360 servers to 12 nodes inside a single Moonshot chassis, which delivers an overall increase in performance with considerable space and power savings," Pfeil claimed.
A white paper outlining the advantages of the HP and DataStax solution is available for potential customers to download from DataStax.
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