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Cloudera to Provide PCTEL with Next Generation Network Analytics


May 18, 2015

Today’s telecommunications service providers have many performance critical solutions that require 100 percent availability. With data centers crisscrossing the globe and customers across every imaginable spectrum demanding the best service, these companies are constantly facing challenges that require the finest analytics platforms available in the marketplace in order to anticipate any potential problems. Cloudera, provider of the first unified platform for big data built on Apache Hadoop, has announced it is going to be powering PCTEL’s Meridian platform to increase its capabilities with next-generation networks analytics solution.

Once fully implemented, the Cloudera Enterprise data hub gives PCTEL the ability to scale its monitoring, testing, engineering, optimization, and commissioning solutions. Because PCTEL provides performance critical solutions with elements that are key for SCADA, oil and gas, utilities, fleet management, health care, public safety, education, small cell, and network timing, service providers rely on the company to benchmark network performance, analyze trends, and optimize wireless networks.

Apache Hadoop is 100 percent open source, created to manage the massive amount of data that was being generated as the Web kept growing. It is now a standard for storing, processing and analyzing terabytes and petabytes of data. By eliminating the need to rely on propriety hardware and disparate systems to store and process data, Hadoop can scale without limits. It does this by allowing distributed parallel processing of large volumes of information across industry-standard servers to store and process the data at more affordable price points.

Cloudera Enterprise will provide PCTEL with a data discovery and analytics environment by using different components including Apache Spark, Cloudera Navigator, and Impala, which will give the Meridian platform new capabilities, including support for historical investigations of performance trends.

Cloudera Enterprise, with Apache Hadoop is a proven platform used by enterprises around the world to gain the most value from their data. It increases business visibility while reducing cost and managing risk and compliance requirements with key tools:

  • CDH - which combines Apache Hadoop with several open source projects to create a single, massively scalable system to unite storage with an array of powerful processing and analytic frameworks.
  • Automated Cluster Management - with Cloudera Manager helps in the deployment, managing, monitoring and diagnosing of issues with the clusters of data an organization has.
  • Cloudera Support - the industry’s best technical support for Hadoop to ensure more uptime, faster issue resolution, better performance to support mission critical applications, and faster delivery of platform features an organization needs.

“Running Impala and Spark on our Cloudera enterprise data hub has improved the way we interact with and manage the hundreds of millions of pieces of data we receive rapid-fire from thousands of cell sites,” said John Thakkar, vice president and chief technology officer of Network Analytics at PCTEL.

The growth of big data is a natural extension of the Internet and the connected world we live in. According to IDC, it expects the big data market to reach $32.4 billion by 2017, and the round of investments Cloudera has been receiving proves that upbeat forecast. In June of last year the company closed a $900 million funding round, with the lion’s share of that hefty sum ($740 million) coming from Intel. While many companies in the segment are receiving tens of millions of dollars, Cloudera is in a league of its own. And as more global enterprises like PCTEL continue to seek the solutions it offers, it will continue to be the dominant player.




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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