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Why Data Driven Companies Rely on WANdisco Fusion

Hadoop is now clearly gaining momentum. We are seeing more and more customers attempting to deploy enterprise grade applications. Data protection, governance, performance and availability are top concerns. WANdisco Fusion’s level of resiliency is enabling customers to move out of the lab and into production much faster.

As companies start to scale these platforms and begin the journey to becoming data driven, they are completely focused on business value and return on investment. WANdisco’s ability to optimize resource utilization by eliminating the need for standby servers resonates well with our partners and customers. These companies are not Google or Facebook. They don’t have an endless supply of hardware and their core business isn’t delivering technology.

As these companies add data from more sources to Hadoop, they are implementing backup and disaster recovery plans and deploying multiple clusters for redundancy. One of our customers, a large bank, is beginning to utilize the cloud for DR.

I’ve met 11 new customers in the past eight days. Five of them have architected cloud into their data lake strategy and are evaluating the players. They are looking to run large data sets in the cloud for efficiency as well as backup and DR.

One of those customers, a leader in IT security, tells me they plan to move their entire infrastructure to the cloud within the next 12 months. They already have 200 nodes in production today, which they expect to double in a year.

Many of our partners are interested in how they can make it easy to onboard data from behind the firewall to the cloud while delivering the best performance. They recognize this is fundamental to a successful cloud strategy.

Companies are already embarking on migrations from one Hadoop platform to another. We’re working with customers on migration from MapR to HDP, CDH to HDP, CDH to Oracle BDA, and because we are HCFS compatible, GPFS to IOP. Some of these are petabyte scale.

For many of these companies, WANdisco Fusion’s ability to eliminate downtime, data loss and business disruption is a prerequisite to making that transition. Migration has never been undertaken lightly. I’ve spoken to partners who are unable to migrate their customers due to the required amount of downtime and risk involved.

One customer I met recently completed a large migration to HDP and just last week acquired a company that has a large cluster on Cloudera. We’re talking to them about how we can easily provide a single consistent view of the data. This will allow them to get immediate value from the data they have just acquired. If they choose to migrate completely, they are in control of the timing.

Customers measure their success by time to value. We’re working closely with our strategic partners to ensure our customers don’t have to worry about the nuts and bolts, irrespective of distributions, on-prem, cloud, or hybrid environment so customers can concentrate on the business outcome.

Please reach out to me if these use cases resonate and you would like to learn more.

Peter Scott
SVP Business Development

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About Mackensie Gibson

The inspiration for WANdisco Fusion

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Roughly two years ago, we sat down to start work on a project that finally came to fruition this week.

At that meeting, we had set ourselves the challenge of redefining the storage landscape. We wanted to map out a world where there was complete shared storage, but where the landscape remained entirely heterogeneous.

Why? Because we’d witnessed the beginnings of a trend that has only grown more pronounced with the passage of time.

From the moment we started engaging with customers, we were struck by the extreme diversity of their storage environments. Regardless of whether we were dealing with a bank, a hospital or utility provider, different types of storage had been introduced across every organization for a variety of use cases.

In time, however, these same companies wanted to start integrating their different silos of data, whether to run real-time analytics or to gain a full 360 perspective of performance. Yet preserving diversity across data center was critical, given that each storage type has its own strengths.

They didn’t care about uniformity. They cared about performance and this meant being able to have the best of both worlds. Being able to deliver this became the Holy Grail – at least in the world of data centers.

This isn’t quite The Gordian Knot but it’s certainly a very difficult, complex problem and possibly one that could only be solved with our core, patented IP DConE.

Then we had a breakthrough.

Months later and I’m proud to formally release WANdisco Fusion (WD Fusion), the only product that enables WAN-scope active-active synchronization of different storage systems into one place.

What does this mean in practice? Well it means that you can use Hadoop distributions like Hortonworks, Cloudera or Pivotal for compute, Oracle BDA for fast compute, EMC Isilon for dense storage. You could even use a complete variety of Hadoop distros and versions. Whatever your set-up, with WD Fusion you can leverage new and existing storage assets immediately.

With it, Hadoop is transformed from being something that runs within a data center into an elastic platform that runs across multiple data centers throughout the world. WD Fusion allows you to update your storage infrastructure one data center at a time, without impacting your application ability or by having to copy vast swathes of data once the update is done.

When we were developing WD Fusion we agreed upon two things. First, we couldn’t produce anything that made changes to the underlying storage system – this had to behave like a client application. Second, anything we created had to enable a complete single global name-space across an entire storage infrastructure.

With WD Fusion, we allow businesses to bring together different storage systems by leveraging our existing intellectual property – the same Paxos-powered algorithm behind Non-Stop Hadoop, Subversion Multisite and Git Multisite – without making any changes to the platform you’re using.

Another way of putting it is we’ve managed to spread our secret sauce even further.

We have some of the best computer scientists in the world working at WANdisco, but I’m confident that this is the most revolutionary project any of us have ever worked on.

I’m delighted to be unveiling WD Fusion. It’s a testament to the talent and character of our firm, the result of looking at an impossible scenario and saying: “Challenge accepted.”

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About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A