3. Pivotal Enters Cloud Fray With PaaS-Big Data Mashup
Pivotal, the big data/platform-as-a-service spin-off started by EMC and VMware, is pitching itself as a way for enterprises to avoid getting locked into the Amazon Web Services cloud. In November, Pivotal took the wraps off Pivotal CF, its commercial distribution of Cloud Foundry, the open source PaaS that was CEO Paul Maritz's (pictured) big project when he was CEO of VMware.
The idea behind Pivotal is to provide a platform that lets developers build powerful next-generation apps that make use of big data to perform all kinds of interesting and financially beneficial tasks. It's a lofty goal, and one that might take a while to materialize, but if Microsoft doesn't manage to lure Maritz to be its next CEO, betting against Pivotal would be pretty foolish.