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Primeur weekly 2014-01-13

The Cloud

Oracle buys Corente ...

IBM invests $1 billion new Watson Group to meet growing demand for cognitive innovations ...

DBS Bank engages IBM's Watson to achieve next generation client experience ...

IBM Watson Group unveils Cloud-delivered Watson services to transform industrial R&D, visualize Big Data insights and fuel analytics exploration ...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013: Exploring the power of global communications at 56th Annual International Event held in Atlanta, Georgia ...

CloudSigma advances data recovery in the Cloud with snapshot management technology ...

IDEXX scales its business and lowers costs using MapR Technologies and Amazon Web Services solution ...

Desktop Grids

6th International Workshop in Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to organize Scientific and Industrial Conference 2014 in Barcelona, May 2014 ...

The most powerful supercomputer in Poland facilitates experiments in CERN ...

USFlash

Supermicro 2U TwinPro/TwinPro² unleash I/O and network performance with 12Gbs SAS3, NVMe, 10GbE/40GbE and 56Gbs FDR InfiniBand ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2013 financial results ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions now available through SYNNEX Corporation's GSA Schedule ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires source code analysis vendor Klocwork ...

2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge the "United Nations" of supercomputing for China ...

Zensar Technologies and Nutanix partner to deliver next generation converged data centre infrastructure solutions platforms ...

IDEXX scales its business and lowers costs using MapR Technologies and Amazon Web Services solution

7 Jan 2014 San Jose - IDEXX Laboratories Inc., a provider of diagnostics and information technology solutions for animal health, is using the MapR Technologies Inc.'s MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop via Amazon Web Services (AWS) to flexibly scale its business at lower cost, and gain access to critical customer data instantly for rapid response times.

As the IDEXX businesses continued to grow, its primary data store, a relational database hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), could not keep pace. The growing size of this database meant that daily jobs to aggregate and summarize data were taking too long to run and consuming database resources that were impacting online operations. "We needed a solution which could offload this processing, easily scale to support the growth of the existing product and could be leveraged for future data intensive projects", stated Terry Schutte, IDEXX senior systems administrator for software R&D.

The new solution had to be compatible with existing systems, which included the AWS infrastructure and Java 7. "Our primary reason for choosing MapR M3 on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) was the ability to run Hadoop under Java 7 against Java 7 compiled applications", stated Terry Schutte. "It was hard to find support for Java 7 in the MapReduce ecosystem. MapR's performance and architectural improvements stood out. From an operational perspective, MapR is easier to use than other distributions we tested and higher performing, and we benefit from the optimizations made to Hadoop."

IDEXX has realized multiple benefits from its MapR and AWS solution, including increased flexibility and control to scale its business, faster customer response times, the ability to retain all its data and ease of experimentation, and support for additional lines of business.

"By running MapR clusters on EC2, we retain full control over the configuration and operations of the MapR cluster, while continuing to have the benefits of EC2 hosting which means no capital expenditures and the flexibility to scale our environment based on demand. We pay only for capacity that we use and it lets us easily scale to support growth of the business", stated Terry Schutte.

The new MapR/AWS solution dramatically improves the company's ability to respond to customer requests. For example, if a customer asks a specific question related to the marketplace or trends, IDEXX can respond immediately. "Before, we would have to schedule developer time to write a query to see if we even have data. The whole process could take months", explained Terry Schutte. "Being able to scale the environment quickly and cost effectively helps us turn around answers to our customers' questions much faster. Today we can cut through our data and run queries using MapReduce and get the answer in a day, or even hours."

The new system removes prior constraints on how much data IDEXX can store and process. "Now we have the ability to store and process all the data, all the time. Everything is at our fingertips. If a customer has a question, we simply write a quick job to answer the query", he stated.

The MapR/AWS solution makes the cycle of testing much easier. IDEXX can have multiple development environments running in parallel with less risk.

"IDEXX is realizing the advantages of Hadoop at scale", stated Jack Norris, chief marketing officer, MapR Technologies. "Other distributions let them test the waters and gain experience with Hadoop and once they were ready to scale their business, they turned to MapR as their enterprise-grade partner. The MapR and AWS solution is enabling IDEXX to flexibly scale operations and to do so at lower cost."
Source: MapR Technologies

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2014-01-13

The Cloud

Oracle buys Corente ...

IBM invests $1 billion new Watson Group to meet growing demand for cognitive innovations ...

DBS Bank engages IBM's Watson to achieve next generation client experience ...

IBM Watson Group unveils Cloud-delivered Watson services to transform industrial R&D, visualize Big Data insights and fuel analytics exploration ...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013: Exploring the power of global communications at 56th Annual International Event held in Atlanta, Georgia ...

CloudSigma advances data recovery in the Cloud with snapshot management technology ...

IDEXX scales its business and lowers costs using MapR Technologies and Amazon Web Services solution ...

Desktop Grids

6th International Workshop in Science Gateways to issue Call for Papers ...

EuroFlash

PRACE to organize Scientific and Industrial Conference 2014 in Barcelona, May 2014 ...

The most powerful supercomputer in Poland facilitates experiments in CERN ...

USFlash

Supermicro 2U TwinPro/TwinPro² unleash I/O and network performance with 12Gbs SAS3, NVMe, 10GbE/40GbE and 56Gbs FDR InfiniBand ...

Cray announces selected preliminary 2013 financial results ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions now available through SYNNEX Corporation's GSA Schedule ...

Rogue Wave Software acquires source code analysis vendor Klocwork ...

2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge the "United Nations" of supercomputing for China ...

Zensar Technologies and Nutanix partner to deliver next generation converged data centre infrastructure solutions platforms ...