BlueData has announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other public clouds. The BlueData EPIC enterprise edition is now in directed availability for AWS. General availability for AWS — as well as availability for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other public cloud services — will be released in the coming months. Customers will have the same BlueData user experience, distribution flexibility, and application configurability for Hadoop and Spark deployments on-premises and/or in the cloud. 

BlueData's software innovations make it easy to deploy Big Data infrastructure and applications, leveraging embedded Docker container technology. The BlueData EPIC software platform provides a self-service Big-Data-as-a-Service (BDaaS) experience with the highest levels of security and performance for Big Data analytics in the enterprise. BlueData has offered a free community edition of BlueData EPIC running on AWS since last year; but until now, BlueData's enterprise edition was available only for on-premises deployments. 

BlueData delivers simplicity, agility, flexibility, and cost savings for Big Data deployments — now in both on-premises and cloud-based environments. Data scientists, analysts, and data engineers no longer have to deal with the complexities of their underlying infrastructure or cloud provider. They can choose their own distributions and applications for Big Data analytics, and tap into data either on-site or in the cloud. IT teams can control costs with resource quotas, and rely on BlueData's multi-tenant security and governance capabilities to meet enterprise-class auditing and regulatory compliance requirements.

"Big Data has been too darn hard to implement. Cloud deployments provide a simpler path and are helping to fuel the next wave of Big Data adoption," said Tony Baer, principal analyst for Big Data at Ovum. "BlueData is well positioned to help enterprise customers on this next phase of their Big Data journey, whether on-premises or in the cloud -- or more likely, some combination of the two." 

The benefits of the BlueData EPIC software platform for cloud deployments include:

Consistent user experience: BlueData will offer the only unified Big-Data-as-a-Service software platform for hybrid (on-premises and cloud) and multi-cloud (e.g. AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform) deployments. End users and administrators will have an easy-to-use "single pane of glass" for creating and managing Big Data environments; and the Docker images for Hadoop, Spark, and other Big Data applications will be the same irrespective of the underlying infrastructure or cloud service.

Greater flexibility and choice: Only BlueData provides customers with the ability to create their own unique BDaaS environments — with their preferred Big Data platforms (and versions) and applications, either commercial or open source. They can have multiple environments for different use cases, for different user groups, and for dev/test/QA or production. And they'll have the flexibility to update their Big Data distributions and applications on their timeline, not the timeline of the cloud service provider.

Eliminate data movement: BlueData will provide the first and only solution that enables customers to tap into both cloud-based data stores (such as Amazon S3) as well as on-premises data for analytics with Hadoop and Spark. This allows them to leverage the elastic compute of the public cloud while keeping data on-premises — avoiding the cost and complexity of duplicating, copying, and transferring data to the cloud service. 

"The BlueData software platform is the first Big-Data-as-a-Service solution available for both on-premises and public cloud environments," said Kumar Sreekanti, CEO of BlueData. "The future of Big Data analytics will be neither 100% on-premises nor 100% in the cloud. We're seeing more multi-cloud and hybrid deployments, with data both on-prem and in the cloud. BlueData provides the only solution that can meet the realities of these mixed environments in the enterprise."