Cisco Systems is partnering with leading Hadoop companies (names like Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR) to move big data applications onto Cisco's converged data center offerings.

The integration goes beyond basic Hadoop-on-Cisco hardware offerings. They include:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Director Express for Big Data is now available. Cisco says it offers "single touch" deployment and management for Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.
  • Cisco Data Virtualization solutions work with a Hadoop cluster for cost-effective processing and data management, the company says.

Cisco also connects the dots between big data and its IoT (Internet of Everything) push. The effort allows customers to embed analytics across data centers, cloud platforms and edge devices to gather data and make actionable insights, Cisco asserts.
Cisco's converged data center hardware push has considerable momentum. The company now controls 5.7 percent of worldwide server sales -- up from 4.5 percent in 2013, according to IDC. That's far behind HP (26.2 percent), IBM (18.4 percent) and Dell (17.6 percent). However, Cisco's server push is relatively new compared to its rivals. And UCS (combining servers, storage and networking) has attracted customers that want simplified data center management tools for all hardware components.

Cisco has also worked closely with a range of software companies -- including Microsoft and SAP -- to optimize applications on its data center geer. Cisco's new Hadoop push comes roughly one week after multiple IT and business giants (GE, IBM, EMC) launched the Open Data Platform -- a standards group that strives to promote big data and Hadoop standards.

Cisco, Cloudera and MapR were not part of the ODP launch announcement. Some critics allege that ODP is redundant with existing Hadoop industry initiatives.

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