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Pivotal puts PaaS in the spotlight

Brandon Butler | April 26, 2013
In launching Pivotal, the partnership of EMC, VMware and GE is attempting to refocus the conversation in the market about how a new generation of applications that use big data will be built.

Pivotal is the first application platform that combines cloud, Big Data, and rapid application development and it represents a fundamental shift in enterprise IT, says Hyoun Park, principal analyst at Nucleus Research. By creating an enterprise-grade Big Data application platform, Pivotal has the opportunity to quickly unlock value from transactional data that has traditionally been archived and ignored without requiring a long period of up training, integration, and upfront development time.

A $105 million investment from industrial giant GE, which was also announced Wednesday, should not be understated, he adds. GE will be a test-bed for proving the value of analyzing data on this new platform.  

Its not happening right now though: Pivotal is set to release its first products in the fourth quarter. With backers such as EMC and VMware, which hold significant takes in enterprise shops, plus a reference customer in GE already on board, Pivotal will likely be a force to be reckoned with in the cloud and app development markets going forward.


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