Look out Cloudera, MapR Technologies, EMC, Hortonworks, and IBM: Intel is the new elephant in the room. Intel has been dabbling for the past two years with its own distribution of the Hadoop stack, and starting in the second quarter it will begin selling services for its own variant of the Hadoop big data muncher. Intel is not …
First Intel expand, next they will shrink
Intel operates in waves, as dictated by Wall St.
Intel diversify into all sorts of effort then as soon as they cock up a few quarters, their investors tell them to pull their heads in and "focus on core competence". Intel then sheds all their non x86 efforts and stays x86 focussed for a year or so then starts to build up again...
That has been the Intel Way for years and there is no reason it will be any different this time.
During the late 1980s Intel had a massive tilt at embedded computing. 8051, i960, etc etc... Then in the 1990s the got into StrongARM and xscale which they then sold off to Marvel.
They have invested, then cut flash memory efforts many times.
Why should it be any different this time?
Linux for Big Data systems
Linux is has always been the only logical choice for modern "Big data" systems from an engineering POV (extremely scalable, secure and robust) performance POV (fast, strong memory management), infrastructure (Hadoop and other big data systems run on Linux) and financial (no licence costs, licence management overhead, lower TCO).
The ultimate, mind-blowing big data system is CERN's LHC grid - and CERN's boffins, with budgets of billions - but with an eye to reducing costs also - used Linux.
I am not aware of any serious big data systems that run on Windows servers.
On the Wintel front - MS needs ARM (hence Windows RT) and Intel needs Linux - Data centre systems, Hell, even mobile systems. So what we are seeing here is more proof of the end of the monogamous Wintel relationship.
Re: Linux for Big Data systems
Do you have nothing better to do?
More of a gorilla than an elephant, shirley?
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