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CenturyLink, Cloudera Release Big Data-as-a-Service Solution

CenturyLink and Cloudera collaborate to produce an integrated big data as-a-service solution to assist organizations in finding value from their data.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- CenturyLink and Cloudera announced their collaborative release of a new managed service combining CenturyLink’s data and advanced analytics, network, and cloud application services with Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop-based data management and analytics platform.

CenturyLink Big Data-as-a-service (BDaaS) with Managed Cloudera assists organizations by delivering data integration and analytics to streamline operations and gain insight through collected data through CenturyLink’s cloud storage network and Cloudera’s Hadoop

CenturyLink BDaas offers consulting services as part of its managed services for organizations that do not have an in-house team to strategize and deploy solutions. This way organizations can drive up value from their big data strategies.

The solution utilizes data and advanced analytics services supported by Cloudera certified data scientists and Cloudera Hadoop solution administrators and developers. CenturyLink supports Cloudera’s technology with its network connectivity, providing storage, processing, and management features deployed on CenturyLink Cloud Bare Metal servers. The bare metal private cloud environment provides flexible scalability for the potentially high volume of data.

Cloudera uses Hadoop, an open-source distributed data storage and analytics application as a software-defined framework to handle structured and unstructured data by distributing it among different data processing nodes to process batches of data quickly.

Gary Gauba, President and Chief Enterprise Relationship Officer at CenturyLink, stated that many organizations are looking for ways to become more responsive to their customers across all industries. Enterprises are seeing the advantages of implementing analytic solutions to better understand the data they are collecting.

Healthcare organizations are currently faced with value-based care initiatives when it comes to choosing modern health IT infrastructure solutions. Solutions that offer visibility  such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are becoming more popular due to value-based care.

Value-based care goes beyond just patient and clinician interactions, and extends to the infrastructure tools used to make processes faster using less expensive resources. Organizations need to ensure they are using all health IT infrastructure solutions efficiently and effectively so resources are not wasted.

The CenturyLink and Cloudera includes a quick-start program to help organizations outline objectives and create custom solutions so solution resources are used effectively.

"With numerous vendors offering components for big data solutions today, a key to achieving success for customers is services and support. Providers that offer data and analytics consulting, deployment support and customized infrastructure and application solutions, should be able to deliver enhanced strategic value for customers,” said James Curtis, Senior Analyst, Data Platform and Analytics at 451 Research.

The solution also includes real-time deployment support so organizations can plan a proof of concept before deployment, CenturyLink engineers can then tailor an organizations unique use cases to its IT infrastructure environment and needs.

Many healthcare organizations lack the ability to leverage their collected data to improve operations because their IT infrastructures are not capable of collecting and processing the influx of data. The recent rise of the internet of things (IoT) and mobile device usage in the healthcare industry, makes data analytics a large priority for organizations seeking to use the collected data for patient care.

Cloudera CEO Tom Reilly cites the desire for organizations to transform their infrastructure through innovation as a driving need to harness the data produced by modern devices.

"Companies that break down their information silos are finding themselves better positioned to capture new market share and deliver superior customer service," Reilly said.

The steady growth of healthcare cloud solutions allows organizations more flexibility and scalability for big data solutions and are often more cost effective with subscription fees rather than hardware investments. Healthcare organizations seeking a modern IT infrastructure that can handle large volumes of data may want to consider IT companies solutions whose solutions combine multiple elements of IT infrastructure.