News Round-up: One Terabyte in Under Two Minutes for $16

Loraine Lawson

It’s been a busy month for MapR Technologies, which offers its own enterprise-grade Hadoop distribution.

Earlier this month, MapR released version 2.0 of its software, two versions of which are being offered as part of Amazon’s EMR (elastic MapReduce) service.

This week MapR revealed its distribution will also be available on the Google Compute Engine.

It’s a bit of a coming home for MapReduce — a key part of the Hadoop stack — since Google “pioneered” MapReduce for its internal search framework.

What does this mean? Well, it means for $16, it can run a 1 terabyte TeraSort job in 1 minute and 20 seconds. That price is down a bit from the world record with a physical cluster, which ran about $5 million, according to the press release. Although, I’m not sure if that $16 price was Google’s cost or would be your cost if you decided to use the service.

There’s a free private beta for a select number of customers. To toss your name into the hat, you’ll need to fill out a nomination form.

Free Resources for the Week of July 2-6:

Gartner’s "Magic Quadrant for BI Platforms 2012." Information Builders sent out a link to a “newsletter,” which the email noted was produced by Gartner. While e-newsletters aren’t so unusual, I've never seen one from a vendor that said it was "produced" by Gartner and had a Gartner URL. It’s also a bit different in that it’s a Web page with links to the free stuff, and it looks really impressive. It also has a funny title, but I digress.

Marketing aside, the key point is this: You can read Gartner's Magic Quadrant for BI Platforms for free. It's not even available for individual purchase — although, truth be told, if you Google the title, you'll find other vendors are also offering it for free download. Anyway, it was released in February of this year, so it's the most up-to-date version. There are also links to other free content, all created by Information Builders, including a video, white papers and customer stories.

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