This is a guest post written and contributed by Mike Miller, Co-founder, Chief Scientist of Cloudant, a Rackspace Cloud Tools partner. Cloudant is a managed NoSQL cloud database service, a fast, always-on, scalable database that Cloudant operates and grows so developers can stay focused on new development and not on IT operations.
Last year, in my cloud predictions for 2012, I focused heavily on how open source code will become the standard and how the future will be mobile. In 2012, we at Rackspace officially launched our open cloud effort built on OpenStack; and mobility now dominates day-to-day work and life.
We want to take the headache out of deploying and using Big Data solutions. And today, through a strategic partnership with Hortonworks, a leader in Apache Hadoop development, implementation, support, operations and training, we will do just that.
In the last six months there has been a dramatic increase in interest for NoSQL and Big Data. You probably have heard “NoSQL is the future of databases,” or that “Big Data is a key technology that will allow businesses to get much smarter.”
Infochimps knows what it’s like to deal in big data; it’s the company’s specialty as a big data platform for the cloud. And one of its top requirements is flexibility. As Infochimps Operations Engineer Nathanial Eliot put it: no two jobs are alike – one may need thousands of servers, one may need two. Flexibility and scalability are two of the reasons Infochimps is excited about Rackspace Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack.