It’s 2017. Every company in business today is either running part of their operations in the cloud or making a plan to do so. Cloud is simply too attractive to ignore, mostly because of the agility that comes from creating infrastructure instantly at the click of a button, but also because of the rock bottom cost of storing data in cloud object storage. However, tapping into those advantages is anything but straightforward. Each of the major cloud providers present a moving target of prices and portfolios, so the offering that sounds best today may be behind next week. Meanwhile, other vendors in the industry are rushing to present themselves as somewhere in between “cloud-first” to “cloud-agnostic” in an effort to sound relevant.
At MapR, we believe it’s important to focus on customer value when describing our approach to cloud, which comes from several years of helping customers set up public cloud and hybrid cloud data environments. Today, we’re excited to share those key enablers, as well as some new capabilities, with the MapR Orbit Cloud Suite. The MapR Orbit Cloud Suite is a set of features and capabilities for the MapR Converged Data Platform that helps companies go native-cloud as well as cross-cloud. Let’s explore what each of these terms means, how MapR is delivering them, and why they matter.
Native-cloud refers to the ability to leverage the best aspects of the cloud, cost and agility, through deep technical integrations between the MapR Converged Data Platform and cloud services. To this end, we’re announcing two new capabilities.
- MapR Object Tiering data, stored in the MapR Platform, can be automatically and seamlessly offloaded to lower-cost cloud object storage, based on predefined policies. Best of all, metadata for offloaded data is retained in the MapR Platform as part of the global namespace, so the tiering is transparent to any applications. This game-changing capability helps customers achieve almost bare-metal performance for hot data, while offering cloud economics for cold data. For more information about MapR Object Tiering, please see the data sheet.
- MapR Cloud-Native Installation and Management (available today!) helps companies leverage the agility benefits of the cloud. By integrating MapR with the VM provisioning APIs of the major cloud providers, users can provision and manage MapR and cloud infrastructure together in a single click. This integration not only simplifies initial provisioning of clusters, but also allows clusters to be resized on-demand, based on changing data volume. To get started today, please visit our community spaces for AWS and Azure.
Cross-cloud refers to a company’s ability to exist across multiple environments, whether different public clouds, a combination of public and private cloud, or from cloud to edge. This capability is critical in a world where cloud providers’ prices, portfolios, and strategies change frequently. Several companies in the industry position themselves as “cloud agnostic” as an answer to this issue, but being able to run in multiple clouds doesn’t help companies that need to run across locations. Running across multiple clouds, including coordinating data flows and applications, requires much more, and MapR has been uniquely delivering this capability through:
- MapR Mirroring and real-time data replication for MapR-DB and MapR-Streams, both with built-in reliability and bandwidth optimization.
- MapR Edge, a scaled-down form factor that distributes processing to the edge.
- MapR Edge-to-Cloud File Migrate, a new capability for directly integrating edge locations with cloud object storage in real time.
You can find out more about these capabilities, as well as some additional capabilities for cloud builders, at the MapR Orbit Cloud Suite page.