Shameless open source’s assassin at Strata 2013: Microsoft

The first thing you see entering to the Strata 2013 exhibition is hugely tasteless Miscrosoft booth that is sitting in the premium spot of the floor right next to the front doors. Later update: don’t believe me: check this

// This year BigData conference was largely focused on Hadoop and downstream technologies: HBase, Spark, and so on. As most of you would know, this technological niche is based on two open source whales: Java/JVM, and Linux. Now, unless you spent last 15 years on Mars, you would know that there’s no love lost between the Microsoft and open source community. And don’t hurry to blame open source for this endless assault. Check just a few results from Google search in vague chronological order ranging from 1998 to 2012:

And there are many other evidences that you can easily dig up by just scrolling through about 56,000,000 articles found by Google. 

Some apologists might say “The Microsoft has changed lately”. Really? Banning Linux from booting on ARM based Windows 8 devices is just an honest mistake then, I presume.

Perhaps “It is their hardware and they can do whatever they are pleased” other pin-heads might say. Do I need to answer this? How about me paying for the hardware? Do I own it now? Or am I just leasing it from dudes up in Redmond, WA? Do I need to go down to basic economical explanations about natural law?

And after all these heinous things they are coming to the midst of the open source celebration like nothing happens. They even sponsored the lunch on the last day of the conference. I think people who ate that poisoned stuff might find themselves enslaved to Microsoft via some kinda of EULA or something.

But joking aside, do these guys have a nerve or what? May be MS thinks they now are a king of the hill just by virtue of hiring for legwork this certain startup, who’s founders did a lot of the Hadoop initial work? Judge for yourself.

We just invented a new game: "Whack a Hadoop namenode"

I just came back from Strata 2013 BigData conference. A pretty interesting event, considering that Hadoop wars are apparently over. It doesn’t mean that the battlefield is calm. On the contrary!

But this year’s war banner is different. Now it seems to be about Hadoop stack distributions. If I only had an artistic talent, the famous

would be saying something like “Check out how big is my Hadoop distro!”

But judge for yourself: WANdisco announced their WDD about 4 weeks ago, followed yesterday by Intel and Greenplum press releases. WDD has some uniquely cool stuff in it like non-stop namenode, which is the only ‘active-active’ technology for Namenode metadata replication on the market based on full implementation of Paxos algorithm,

And I was having fun during the conference too: we were playing the game ‘whack-a-namenode’. The setup includes a rack of blade Supermicro servers, running WDD cluster with three active namenodes.
While running stock TeraSort load, one of the namenode is killed dead with SIGKILL. Amazingly, TeraSort can’t care less and just keep going without a wince. We played about a 100 rounds of this “game” over the course of two days using live product, with people dropping by all the time to watch.

Looks like it isn’t easy to whack an HDFS cluster anymore.

And nice folks from SiliconAngle and WikiBon stopped at our booth to do the interview with me and my colleagues. Enjoy 😉