A Data Engineer’s Guide To Non-Traditional Data Storages

BY KEN HU – DATA SCIENTIST @ TOPTAL #DataAnalytics #Databases #DataEngineering #DataScience Data Engineering With the rise of big data and data science, many engineering roles are being challenged and expanded. One new-age role is data engineering. Originally, the purpose of data engineering was the loading of external data sources and the designing of databases

Cisco committed to closing the (hyper-converged) gap with the competition

If you’ve read the WhatMatrix SDS/HCI Landscape Q1 2017 report, you will have noticed that Cisco HyperFlex had to ‘up the game’ a bit throughout 2017 in order to rival some of the competition’s broad functionality and feature set. If on the other hand you have not yet had a chance to check out the

Virtualization Comparison updated with latest Citrix XenServer 7.1 – check it out!

We are glad to announce the addition of XenServer 7.1 to the Virtualization Category – explore the popular XenServer and compare it with other Virtualization solutions here: https://www.whatmatrix.com/comparison/VirtualizationThe latest XenServer release introduces a number of industry-unique features and has an even tighter alignment  with Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop. Citrix is clearly focused on positioning XenServer 7.1 as the

A Guide to CloudKit: How to Sync User Data Across iOS Devices

BY PAUL YOUNG – FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL #Apple #CloudKit #iOS   These days, modern mobile application development requires a well thought-out plan for keeping user data in sync across various devices. This is a thorny problem with many gotchas and pitfalls, but users expect the feature, and expect it to work well. For

WhatMatrix announces new ‘SDS & HCI Landscape Report 2017’ (free access for limited time)

Our community is excited to announce the release of the first WhatMatrix ‘Landscape Report – created by Category Consultant Herman Rutten.  Landscape Reports provide an “in-time” snapshot analysis, complementing the currency and technical depth of our ‘always online’ comparisons with a “reflective” summary view of the entire industry segment. Starting with the SDS & HCI Landscape

Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) – how does it compare??

Software-Defined approaches have been embraced widely over the recent years. These models provides increased flexibility, simplification, consolidation and scalability over traditional approaches. Instead of deploying specialized hardware devices (e.g. appliances), Software-Defined models enable the management of network, storage and compute in a software-oriented manner. Software-Defined Compute (SDC) provides hardware virtualization to run many isolated operating

Java in the Cloud: Continuous Integration Setup Tutorial

BY MATKO ŠUFLAJ – FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL Year after year, we bear witness to the increasingly rapid evolution of the IT industry. It has now been more than two decades since the groundbreaking slogan ”Write once, run anywhere“ set a whole new level of expectation for the software development community. And here we

Cisco CloudCenter / CliQr 4.7 update in “What CMP?”(and introducing Ronald van Vugt)

We are delighted to welcome Ronald van Vugt to our growing band of Community consultants at WhatMatrix. Ronald joins the team driving our Cloud Management Platforms category and is taking ownership of the Cisco CloudCenter evaluation (previously named CliQr). Ronald has just posted an update which covers the latest 4.7 release and includes new features

Turbulent times for HCI … online comparison updated with SimpliVity 3.6.1 and Atlantis HyperScale HS-339

With significant changes occurring almost daily in the SDS / HCI market (HPE’s acquisition announcement of SimpliVity yesterday proves this once again) – our “always online” comparisons seem to become more relevant with every passing day! Visitor numbers and “open community curation” have increased significantly (thanks to all – please keep it coming!!) Thanks to

Developing for the Cloud in the Cloud: BigData Development with Docker in AWS

BY MICHELE SCIABARRA – FREELANCE SOFTWARE ENGINEER @ TOPTAL #AWS #BigData #Cloud #Docker #Scala   Why you may need it? I am a developer, and I work daily in Integrated Development Environments (IDE), such as Intellij IDEA or Eclipse. These IDEs are desktop applications. Since the advent of Google Documents, I have seen more and