Blog

June 12, 2018

Engineering the Data Lake as a Service

By: John Piekos, VP Engineering

 While the Big Data Hadoop ecosystem has established itself as an production-grade data stack, extracting intelligence from all of this data can also be extremely daunting. Cazena’s VP of Engineering  John Piekos discusses the three primary reasons that Cazena’s Data Lake as a Service helps enterprises. 

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May 23, 2018

ODSC Notebook: Trends in Data Science

By: Dan Stair, Senior Engineer

Part our job within Cazena Engineering is to track technology and trends in data science and analytics. We especially enjoy conferences like the recent ODSC East, where we can talk with data scientists and engineers about ways in which the Cazena’s fully-managed cloud stacks for analytics and big data could help them work more efficiently. It’s also a good time to connect with peers. Data science and AI companies are natural partners for Cazena - they build tools and algorithms that leverage our distributed computing system. Conferences are a great opportunity to find out about what’s new, what’s working and what’s on the horizon. 

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As enterprises seek to drive faster big data outcomes, cloud offers a promising solution for agility. Indeed, public cloud infrastructure is, in many cases, far cheaper and faster to deploy than on-premises alternatives. Yet cloud big data deployments have proven complex for many enterprises, and few companies are ready to call systems officially in production. Reasons range from compliance concerns to integration issues, but there’s a much bigger problem lurking. The real challenge holding back production big data cloud deployments has less to do with the infrastructure or PaaS capabilities: It is the pervasive lack of DevOps skills for big data.

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Read our takeaways from a recent Gartner Insight report titled "What CIOs Should Do About Strategic Chief Digital Officers."  The Chief Digital Officer title is relatively new, but growing quickly, so it’s worth reviewing the report to get familiar with the emerging definition of the role. We’re offering the research because we’re hearing about more projects with the ‘digital transformation’ label. Several of these projects seem to look a lot like advanced analytics projects, but with ‘transformational’ new branding. Is it just a new label? As the report explains, digital transformation is a big deal, and Chief Digital Officers have different goals than the CIO. The full report is available, complements of Cazena, until March 31, 2018.

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At AWS re:Invent today, Cazena announced a concept called AppCloud that allows enterprises to attach innovative analytic or machine learning applications to their enterprise data in the cloud.

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Microsoft’s Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS) is a highly scalable storage solution which boasts the ability to store trillions of files, including files a petabyte in size. It is also 3x cheaper than running HDFS on Azure’s Standard Storage solution. We have been eager to see what it can do.  Cloudera recently published an analysis, and we did some complementary benchmarking of popular SQL on Hadoop tools. In this Cazena Engineering blog post, we present our findings and assess the price-performance of ADLS vs HDFS

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September 25, 2017

Cazena: The EZ-PaaS for Big Data

By: Prat Moghe

As enterprises seek to migrate and manage their production analytic workloads in the public cloud, we increasingly hear teams considering PaaS offerings (such as AWS EMR, Redshift, Azure HDI) as the first stop for implementation. But many don’t realize that only provides a foundational analytic capability in the cloud. Significant additional work is needed to migrate and manage analytics in production.

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A telecommunications company called Cazena to learn about our Data Lake as a Service, hoping that it would help them deliver an at-risk project. It definitely would, it’s a cloud use case we know well, with a solution designed accordingly.

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When we started the Cazena journey, we commissioned a big data survey and research analysis from GigaOm. Our goal was to discover the greatest challenges for organizations adopting cloud services for analytics, data science or big data. The top challenge? Security, unsurprisingly.
 

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Cazena partner Sentier Health Informatics weighs in on their experiences navigating the complicated world of cloud security in a regulated industry. Sentier is focused on healthcare, life sciences, and insurance organizations who are quickly discovering that judicial use public cloud services is critical for competitive advantage in predictive analytics.
 

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