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Despite the turmoil, Autonomy and Vertica are highly regarded technologies and HP has made some progress in working them into its repertoire. Vertica saw "triple-digit" revenue growth in HP's fiscal 2012, CEO Meg Whitman said in last month's fourth-quarter earnings call. At its Discover conference last week HP rolled out Vertica Analytics Platform 6.1, code-named Bulldozer, which promises faster performance, deeper Hadoop integration and easier deployments with Amazon EC2 clouds.
HP also updated two existing Autonomy offerings: Marketing Performance Suite, a set of analytics tools aimed at chief marketing officers; and Legal and Compliance Performance Suite, which is targeted at chief compliance officers and general counsel. HP also has integrated Autonomy's core search technology, Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), into its StoreAll storage platform, after doing the same in June with its Data Protection 7 backup and recovery software.
HP's big data strategy to date has primarily aimed at organizations in the public sector, banking, retail and telecom markets. MicroTech is getting creative with Autonomy and Vertica to serve the needs of its federal customers.
Heinzen recently designed an architecture for a government agency, which he declined to name for security reasons, that combines Vertica and Autonomy with database technology from Sqrrl, a Boston-based big data startup, and other tools.
Heinzen said his creation, developed with the support of MicroTech CEO Tony Jimenez, can aggregate large amounts of data from relational databases and Hadoop clusters while also securing data at the cell level. "With this I can aggregate data and process it against thousands of nodes, and it allows easy lockdown and access," he told CRN. "You take the programmer and system analysts out of the equation because it's easy enough for the subject matter experts to use."
Heinzen says his big data architecture isn't just for government agencies but is also applicable in enterprises, especially insurance, health care and other types of organizations that need to silo data for regulatory compliance reasons.
"Autonomy IDOL is the core technology here, but the problem with it is that it requires a lot of work to develop an application because it's very sophisticated. And there is a shortage of tech talent to do that," he said. "So I am looking for a way to deploy the technology without the pain of implementation."