First Look – Pervasive RushAnalyzer
James Taylor writes:
Pervasive is best known for its data integration products but has recently been developing and releasing a series of products focused on analytics. RushAnalyzer is a combination of the KNIME data mining workbench (reviewed here) and Pervasive DataRush, a platform for parallelization and automatic scaling of data manipulation and analysis (reviewed here).
In the combined product, the base KNIME workbench has been extended for faster processing of larger data sets (big data) with a particular focus on use by analysts without any skills in parallelism or Hadoop programming. Pervasive has added parallelized KNIME nodes that include data access, data preparation and analytic modeling routines. KNIME’s support for extension means that KNIME’s interface is still what you use to define the modeling process but these processes can use the DataRush nodes to access and process larger volumes of data, read/write Hadoop-based data and automatically take full advantage of multi core, multi processor servers and clusters (including operations on Amazon’s EMR).
There is plenty of life left in closed source software but have you noticed the growing robustness of open source software?
I don’t know if that is attributable to the “open source” model as much as commercial enterprises that find contributing professional software skills to “open source” projects is a cost-effective way to get more programming buck for their money.
Think about it. They can hire some of the best software talent around, who then associate with more world class programming talent than any one company is likely to have in house.
And, the resulting “product” is the result of all those world class programmers and not just the investment of one vendor. (So their investment is less than if they were creating a product on their own.)
Not to mention that any government or enterprise who wants to use the software will need support contracts from, you guessed it, the vendors who contributed to the creation of the software.
And we all know that the return on service contracts is an order of magnitude or greater than the return on software products.
Support your local open source project. Your local vendor will be glad you did.