Pivotal’s latest release of its Greenplum analytic database includes multicloud support and, for the first time, is based entirely on open source code.
In 2015, the company open sourced the core of Pivotal Greenplum as the Greenplum Database project. “This is the first commercially available release that we are shipping with the open source project truly at its core,” said Elisabeth Hendrickson, VP of data research and development at Pivotal.
Earlier versions have been available for Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud; VMware vSphere and Open Source private cloud; and bare metal deployments. The new version adds multicloud support by running on Microsoft Azure and Google Public Cloud.
“When we look at what we’ve been doing with multicloud, there are certain other analytics engines out there like Snowflake or Redshift that are really only targeted at one specific cloud,” Hendrickson said. She’s talking about AWS. “What I find so exciting about our offering is that it brings incredibly advanced analytics to any cloud you want to work with. Pivotal Cloud Foundry also supports all the major cloud providers and we are seeing the same demand for data analytics.”
Pivotal Cloud Foundry is the company’s open source cloud native platform.
The updated database platform also includes advanced analytics capabilities. “We have a very wide range of analytics options for structured and unstructured data,” Hendrickson said. In addition to running traditional workloads like business intelligence, the updated platform provides a scale-out environment for machine learning, graph, text, and geospatial analytics.
Alibaba, Tencent Cloud Integrations
Two of China’s largest cloud providers — Alibaba and Tencent — have integrated the open source technology into their clouds. This allows the cloud infrastructure providers to offer Greenplum data warehouse and analytics services on their clouds.
Alibaba launched a database service based on Greenplum for three reasons, said Yu Feng, head of data research and development for Alibaba Cloud. “One, Pivotal continues to invest in Greenplum, which is now 10 years old, and database technology needs over 10 years to be considered stable; two, Greenplum has full SQL support; and three, Greenplum has a great community and customers continue to ask for Greenplum services on Alibaba Cloud.”
Long Wang, VP of Tencent Cloud, cited the database’s large user base in China, along with that of its Apache open source machine learning library MADLib. “With Greenplum services on Tencent Cloud, developers in China can rapidly build modern, cloud-based AI (Artificial Intelligence) applications,” Wang said in a statement.
PKS Coming Soon
Pivotal, in partnership with sister company VMware, has another open-source based commercial release in the works.
Last month at VMworld the companies announced Pivotal Container Service (PKS), the commercial version of open source Project Kubo that will allow customers to deploy and manage Kubernetes on-premises. The two companies collaborated with Google to develop PKS.
PKS is slated for general availability in the fourth quarter of this year. It will ship as a standalone product able to integrate with Pivotal Cloud Foundry and VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) infrastructure.