CRN Exclusive: 20 Tough Big Data Questions For Pivotal's Paul Maritz

Is Pivotal going to supply this big data technology as an on-premise product or as a service like Google so I don't have to invest in all the infrastructure?

Our vision is both. We think, for a long time, particularly larger customers -- for regulatory reasons, privacy reasons, whatever -- are going to do the stuff on premise. So you have to have the ability to give them this layer of software on premise, but also work with service providers to make sure that there are a wide variety of people who are offering these capabilities as a service, because one of our tenets is that these new classes of applications, these new data centric applications we are talking about, should be cloud independent. You shouldn't have to be bound into any particular vendor's cloud for all eternity just because you wrote one of these apps.

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