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Bigstep says running big data applications on virtualised infrastructure wastes resources

Bigstep says running big data applications on virtualised infrastructure wastes resources

Cloud computing and virtualisation go hand in hand in many implementations but Bigstep is hoping to change all that by removing the hypervisor. The company is launching bare-metal high performance computing IaaS for big data applications this week and the company’s commercial director, Ioana Hreninciuc, claims the removal of the hypervisor improves performance dramatically.

While many infrastructure as a service providers struggle to keep up with the scale of Amazon Web Services and its broad service ecosystem, Bigstep, a spinoff of Hostaway is looking to deliver high performance for very specific tasks – big data crunching applications.

The company has partnered with Cloudera, a leader in the Apache Hadoop space, in order to deliver a big data platform on top of Bigstep’s HP bare-metal servers, without any hypervisor, and uses all SSD flash storage. And because all of the switching is accomplished on physical assets Bigstep says its networking speeds are also much faster than most public clouds out there – claiming four times faster connectivity than AWS.

“Big data demands high powered computing and not using a hypervisor means Bigstep can provide 20-100 per cent more performance per resources than any virtual cloud,” said Ioana Hreninciuc, commercial director at Bigstep. “We believe we are the most powerful public computing infrastructure in the world and the perfect cloud for any organisation that is serious about crunching its big data in real-time and utilising it to make informed and impactful business decisions.”

Hreninciuc says that hypervisors tend to waste a minimum of 20 per cent of the power of bare metal servers, particularly in big data scenarios, so running bit data applications right off the server simply makes sense – though could come at a cost of scalability, which is much easier to achieve with virtualised infrastructure. Nevetherless, the company will let customers spin up their own virtual private clouds if so desired.

“AWS is far and away the biggest player in the market, but in terms of pure performance and computing power I don’t think there is anyone that can compete with Bigstep,” Hreninciuc said. “We aren’t trying to offer the breadth and depth of functionality that others providers do, but we have focused on the highest possible performance with cloud flexibility. We do that very well and as companies increasingly use big data to gain business insight we feel there is a major opportunity to provide the computing power to process this big data.”

The company says that its primary focus for now is big data application delivery, and that it will be looking to create partnership with integrators to deliver Bigstep in its initial phases.

“It makes sense for end-users to start off by working with integrators for their big data projects, because most companies keep data in a variety of different systems and there is a need for someone who can connect those systems together and look for the specific data that can be used to derive business insight,” Hreninciuc said.

“Over time we expect to work more closely with end users though,” she added.