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Altoros Recognized as a One of Top Hadoop and Big Data Consultants

Volha Kurylionak

Congrats to our Hadoop team! Altoros has been recognized as a proven market leader in Hadoop and big data consulting, according to a recent study by SourcingLine (a Washington, DC-based research company). Their Leaders Matrix leverages proprietary research and methodology to identify top services firms and map their capabilities. Companies are plotted on the matrix based on their proven ability to deliver and focus on a service type.

The analysis based on verified customer interviews gave Altoros a high ranking on two lists: Top Big Data & BI Consulting Companies and Top Hadoop Consulting Companies. (Bubble size indicates relative size of the firms.)

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“All of the selected companies focus primarily on Big Data analytics or Hadoop and have proven they can provide tangible value to data driven enterprises,” says Tim Clarke, Senior Business Analyst at SourcingLine. “However, it is often challenging for prospective buyers to devise a short-list of leading firms. Our research aims to expedite the procurement process and help connect buyers with qualified service providers.”

Take a look at Altoros’s customer ratings or view the results of these two reports:

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Or, read our latest Hadoop studies:

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PaaS News Summary: December 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Read the most significant news from Platform-as-a-Service vendors for Dec 2013.

Highlights:

  1. SAP Open Sources a Cloud Foundry Service Broker for Their HANA DB
  2. Hangops Panel: Cloud Foundry, Stackato, Appcera, Github, Mozilla, and OpenShift
  3. Dell’s Customers Will Get Access to CenturyLink’s Public Cloud Services
  4. ActiveState Releases Stackato v3.0.1
  5. Red Hat Releases OpenShift Enterprise 2 and OpenShift Origin 3, Updates OpenShift Online
  6. Baidu to Use Docker Containers for Their Own PaaS
  7. Microsoft Aims to Boost Azure Use with Cloud OS Network of Partners
  8. CloudBees Now Supports Java EE 7
  9. Engine Yard’s Early Access: Java EE 7, Postgre 9.3, Percona 5.6
  10. An Improved Node.js Buildpack from Heroku
  11. New PaaS Platforms: PLDT Cloud PaaS and SlapRunner

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PaaS News Summary: November 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Here is an overview of the most significant news from the PaaS ecosystem for November 2013.

Highlights:

  1. Pivotal Released the Pivotal One PaaS Based on Cloud Foundry
  2. Canonical to Launch an Integrated OpenStack-hosted PaaS
  3. Verizon to Integrate Cloud Foundry PaaS with Verizon Cloud
  4. Red Hat Halves the Prices for OpenShift Online’s Gears
  5. Amazon Launches Virtual Desktops and Adds Postgre Support to RDS
  6. Heroku1 Enables Salesforce.com-to-Heroku Synchronization
  7. Windows Azure: Three New Services Are Generally Available Now
  8. Google’s App Engine 1.8.8 Includes Dedicated Memcache

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PaaS News Summary: October 2013

Volha Kurylionak

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Here is a brief overview of the main PaaS news for October 2013.

Highlights:

  1. The Cloud Foundry Community Advisory Board Kicked-off
  2. Pivotal Released Cloud Foundry Plug-ins for Maven and Gradle
  3. The Solum Project from Rackspace to Increase Productivity of OpenStack Developers
  4. The Progress Pacific Platform: New Functionality
  5. OutSystems Launches Public Cloud-based PaaS for Building .NET and Java Apps
  6. OpenStack 2013.2 (Havana) Supports Docker Containers
  7. dotCloud Changed Its Name to Docker, Inc.
  8. Clever Cloud Announced Support for the Go Language
  9. Heroku: Extended Validation SSL Certificates and Public Beta Availability of WebSockets
  10. Updates to OpenShift Online and OpenShift Origin

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Hosting a Big Data Meetup: Hadoop on Windows Azure from Microsoft First-hand

Volha Kurylionak

On September 25-26, Altoros hosted Big Data Dive ’13, an annual meetup for developers, R&D specialists, and system architects who work with massive amounts of data. Our R&D team and a special guest from Microsoft shared their hands-on experience in Hadoop, NoSQL, Windows Azure, and other big data/cloud technologies.

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The agenda included sessions on practical aspects of big data storage and processing:

  • “NoSQL Benchmarking v2.0. Evaluating Performance of Modern NoSQL Solutions.” Following our NoSQL database benchmark (Oct 2012), Dmitriy Kalyada of Altoros presented preliminary results of our new research. The study evaluated new versions of major NoSQL DBs on infrastructure provided by our partner Lunacloud–thanks to them for their support! The final performance data will be released next month.

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A Gaming Bots Constest at a RoR Meetup

Volha Kurylionak

On September 14, Altoros organized a Ruby on Rails meetup that took place in Minsk, Belarus (Eastern Europe). Attended by 80+ Ruby experts from the local dev community, the event featured several sessions on RoR, cloud, and other relevant topics.

During the meetup, the participants had an opportunity to test their programming skills in a contest of Codenjoy, an open source training gamification framework for developers.  For the event, our team created a Ruby connector to this service. Developers that took part in the contest could write bots that were playing Tetris, a popular PC game from the ’80s.

Watch the video to see how the bots competed against each other:

Ruby fluff talks, tea/coffee, and lots of informal networking—it was a nice, warm event. Check out the photos below.

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Couchbase [SF] 2013: Couchbase Lite and N1QL

Volha Kurylionak

On September 13, Altoros exhibited at Couchbase [SF] 2013 held in San Francisco.

At the conference, our partner Couchbase announced Couchbase Lite, a lightweight version of their database for mobile devices (iOS and Android). Another notable disclosure was N1QL, a query language for Couchbase.

The next event on our schedule is Oracle OpenWorld 2013. We still have several tickets left to give away for free. Meet us at the conference on September 22-26!

Download the latest Couchbase benchmark: The 2014 Technical Comparison Report: Cassandra (DataStax), MongoDB, and Couchbase Server

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Top 20 Quotes from Platform, The Cloud Foundry Conference

Volha Kurylionak

Platform: The Cloud Foundry Conference attracted 450+ developers and PaaS experts from around the globe. In this post, we collected top quotes by the speakers and attendees of this amazing event.

1. “PlatformCF was the largest event in the history of PaaS and the most important event since Google App Engine.” —James Watters, Head of Product for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal 

2. “It was epic.” —Andy Piper, Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry, Pivotal 

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Andrei Yurkevich of Altoros proposing a break out session

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