Authored by Forrester Research analysts Mike Gualtieri and Noel Yuhanna, the Wave report states: "Cray brings its high-performance computing experience to Hadoop. When it comes to supercomputers, Cray is a brand that has been around for more than 40 years, and this tradition and experience is now making its way into Big Data architectures. Cray offers strong capabilities for interconnected, memory-centric architectures, and its optimized performance lets it handle various workloads. Cray includes fast interconnects and an on-node dense memory hierarchy architecture that positions its analytics platform well for supporting new and emerging in-memory workloads, such as graph analytics, machine learning, and IoT. Cray's strong high-performance computing history, good technical support, and continued focus and commitment to analytics and Big Data will appeal to a larger audience in the coming years."
The Wave report also states: "General-purpose hardware infrastructure requires considerable time and effort to install, configure, tune, upgrade, and monitor Hadoop platforms", according to the authors of the report. "Hadoop-optimized systems help overcome these issues by optimizing the infrastructure with automation, balanced system resources, and integrated testing. This market is growing because enterprise architecture pros see Hadoop-optimized systems as a strategic platform to support their Big Data initiatives. When selecting a system, enterprises should look at modularity, automation, performance, and overall price/performance attributes."
"We are excited by this ranking of strong performer in The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Optimized Systems report", stated Ryan Waite, Cray's senior vice president of products. "We believe this recognition of the Urika system reinforces our leadership position in providing customers with a powerful tool for solving the most advanced analytics challenges. And on the heels of unveiling our new agile analytics platform, the Cray Urika-GX system, our offering proves to be even stronger. By fusing supercomputing technologies with an open, enterprise-ready software framework for big data analytics, our Urika-GX system gives customers unprecedented versatility for running multiple analytics workloads concurrently on a single platform that leverages the speed of a Cray supercomputer."