In another sign that the stakes have been raised above and beyond basic cloud infrastructure services, Savvis is adding big data to its portfolio in the form of managed versions of the Cloudera and MapR Hadoop distributions.
A statement from the company, a unit of CenturyLink, positioned Savvis Big Data Solutions as a full suite of services to give big business and government customers access to the compute, storage and high-bandwidth network capabilities to handle high-power analytics applications as well as the analytics themselves.
CenturyLink bought Savvis in 2011 for its managed services and cloud computing capabilities, in a move analogous to Verizon’s purchase of Terremark. Since then it’s been adding more and higher-level services — Savvis bought Appfog earlier this year for its PaaS capabilities, for example.
That climb up the infrastructure stack continues with these big data services. Other IaaS cloud providers offer their own takes on Hadoop (e.g., Amazon Web Services with Elastic MapReduce and Microsoft and Joyent with Hortonworks-based offerings, but Savvis, being an “enterprise cloud,” will also include planning and implementation consulting services.