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Glassbeam Drives Analytics Innovation


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Harbor Research recently completed a review of a new
cloud-based platform that takes a refreshingly new
approach to machine data analytics. Glassbeam jumps
ahead of the current market’s noise and confusion about
Big Data by viewing critical machine data analytics from a
business and operational perspective that can be addressed
by a single, scalable solution. In so doing, Glassbeam is
re-defining how value is created from machine data.

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Glassbeam Drives Analytics Innovation

  1. 1. machine data analytics converges with the internet of things Glassbeam Drives Analytics Innovation Harbor Research recently completed a review of a new cloud-based platform that takes a refreshingly new approach to machine data analytics. Glassbeam jumps ahead of the current market’s noise and confusion about Big Data by viewing critical machine data analytics from a business and operational perspective that can be addressed by a single, scalable solution. In so doing, Glassbeam is re-defining how value is created from machine data. technology innovator perspective Harbor Research
  2. 2. innovator profile Glassbeam 2 T he Internet of Things is upon us. Billions of devices, are currently being connected to the Internet. The types of devices being connected today extend far beyond the laptops and cell phones we have become so accustomed to. Today, virtually all products that use electricity—from toys and coffee makers to cars and medical diagnostic machines— possess inherent data processing capability and have the potential to be networked. Even though we have been steadily designing devices and products with more and more intelligence, this information has gone largely unleveraged and unharvested. This is surprising, because this information can offer extraordinary business advantage to the companies that manufacture, deliver and service those products, especially in terms of customer relationships.
  3. 3. innovator profile Glassbeam IT’S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT BUSINESS LEADERS UNDERSTAND THE INTERNET OF THINGS PHENOMENON The Internet of Things Is Here Machine communications and the Internet of Things are combining to create new modes of asset awareness, intelligence, support and decision making. In its simplest form, the Internet of Things is a concept in which inputs— from machines, sensors, people, video streams, maps and more—is digitized and placed onto networks. These inputs are integrated into Smart Systems that connect people, processes, and knowledge to enable collective awareness, efficiencies and better decision making. We prefer “Smart Systems” over other terms in common use—notably “M2M,” which usually stands for “machine-to-machine”—because it captures the profound enormity of the phenomenon - something much greater in scope than just machine connectivity. Whatever we chose to call it -- “Smart Systems” or “Pervasive Computing” or “The Internet of Things” — we are referring to digital microprocessors and sensors embedded in everyday objects. We have now entered the age when everyday objects will communicate with, and control, other objects over networks—24/7/365. The objects are everything from consumer appliances to IT infrastructure to the elevator you’ve been waiting for. It’s not “the future,” it’s now and thus vitally important that business leaders understand this phenomenon, its effects on their business, and what they should do right now to position themselves for opportunities that are literally just around the corner: » Manufacturing equipment, elevators and escalators, appliances and vehicles that know exactly when and why they will fail, and then alert you or your service organization before the failure occurs. » Buildings with “digital nervous systems” that ensure occupant comfort and safety, and even enhance productivity. » IT and network equipment vendors raising the bar on customer support efficiencies and achieving extraordinarily attractive ROI through root cause analytics from connected machine data. » Retailers and distributors who know exactly where every piece of ABOUT GLASSBEAM Glassbeam is the machine data company. Bringing structure and meaning to data from any connected device, Glassbeam provides actionable intelligence to the Internet of Things. Glassbeam’s next generation cloud-based analytics platform is designed to organize and analyze multistructured data, delivering powerful product and customer intelligence for companies including IBM, HDS, Aruba Networks and Meru Networks. For more information visit www.glassbeam .com 3
  4. 4. innovator profile Glassbeam THE INTERNET OF THINGS IS REALLY HERE NOW inventory is at any moment, and under what conditions it arrived. » » » Industrial customers who save a fortune on energy by being able to see, in real time, exactly how they’re using it. Healthcare facilities where accurate, up-to-the-minute patient information is always available because every piece of equipment, from digital thermometers to lifesupport machines, is networked and associated with a patient ID. OEMs that are not “disintermediated” at the point of sale, but stay connected to end-customers via a steady stream of status, usage and performance data. And on, and on, and on. Science fiction? Not anymore. The Internet of Things is really here. New Value Driven By Big Data and Analytics This phenomena is not just about people communicating with people or machines communicating with machines; it also includes people communicating with machines, and machines communicating with people. Smart connected 4 machines are a global and economic phenomenon of unprecedented scale - potentially billions if not trillions of nodes producing valuable data. The Internet’s most profound potential lies in the integration of people, information systems AND smart machines. In a truly connected world of smart systems, not only people but all electronic and electro-mechanical products and machines will produce mountains of valuable information, all the time. Consider the following: » Today the number of connected devices on the planet has surpassed the number of people - 7+ billion - depending on your definition of a sensor, there are already many more sensors on earth than people. » A single large oil refinery produces more data in a day than all of the New York Stock Exchange and AMEX combined. » In a 200 turbine wind farm, each turbine has 50 sensors with over 100 data points collected every 40 milliseconds, producing over 6,000 data points every second. » Estimates of data produced by Smart Grid applications could reach What Is Machine Data? Machine data includes all data generated by equipment, devices and sensors, including: » Computer, network, and other equipment logs; » Satellite and telemetry data; » Location data such as RFID readings, GPS system output, etc.; » Temperature, pressure and other sensor readings from pipelines, factories and the environment; » Medical device readings for human health parameters. It covers everything from data centers, telecommunications networks, factories, hospitals, buildings and related machine-to-machine and Internet of Things devices. Unlike human-generated data, whose growth is constrained by factors such as population, machine-generated data will continue to grow as fast as technology evolution allows, where before long, most data by volume will be machine-generated.
  5. 5. innovator profile Glassbeam GLASSBEAM IS PROVIDING A TRUE END-TO-END PLATFORM SOLUTION between 35 and 1000 petabytes per year. » There are over 500,000 data centers in the world , suffering an average of 2.5 outages per year with an average duration 134 minutes. Globally that translates to 2.84 million hours of annual data center downtime, at an estimated cost of $300,000 per hour of downtime, resulting in $426B a year in losses. The ability to detect patterns from large scale sensor and machine data aggregation is the holy grail of smart systems. Machine data analytics, often thought of as part of the evolving “big data” story, allows not only data patterns but a much higher order of intelligence to emerge from large collections of ordinary machine and device data. While machine analytics applications are arising in many sectors of the economy, IT equipment is providing a focused application opportunity for how machine data analytics will get organized and accomplished. IT professionals report that the volume of data from IT assets has more than quadrupled in the last decade, while collection of metrics from IT equipment has increased over 300%. 5 Because IT equipment produces a variety of “machine logs” in a relatively predictable manner, it is an ideal “staging” area for designing, building and deploying analytics tools. The implications of mining and analyzing machine data are immense . We believe this is where the real core value creation opportunity lies within the Internet of Things. DATA INTENSITY ** . Resources But very few people are thinking about machine data on that level. Current IT and telecom technologists are operating with outdated models of data, analytics and information management that were conceived in an era when computing power and storage were the limiting factors for operations and business intelligence. .08 Today, significantly better tools are available to organize and integrate significant amounts of big data for analysis, but the tools available for professionals working with machine data still fall far short of real world needs. Ranking Of Data Volume Intensity “Smart Systems” should automatically be understood as “real-time networked information and machine intelligence,” but it isn’t. The nature and behavior of truly distributed information systems and intelligence tools are concerns that & Energy .15 Transportation .29 Industrial .65 .72 ** TB per $ Million Annual Revenue Healthcare IT Services
  6. 6. innovator profile Glassbeam CURRENT PRACTICES WILL NOT SERVE A TRULY CONNECTED WORLD have yet to really take center stage— not only in business communities, but in most technology communities, too. Enter Glassbeam This paper is about an important new machine data analytics platform and application offering from people who are thinking about the scope and on the scale that machine data deserves—Glassbeam. The Glassbeam team of innovators understand that the tools we are working with today to discover and analyze machine data were not designed to really address operational and business challenges. The Glassbeam platform provides business insight for sales, support and engineering organizations by mining log data generated from machines and products. Glassbeam’s machine data analytics application platform is not an incremental improvement or new flavor of the existing IT-centric big data tools. Their development represents a true shift in thinking about how device and machine data will be utilized for business intelligence. The Glassbeam approach is about looking forward to a single, unified platform for search, 6 discovery, analysis and prediction utilizing diverse machine data types. Glassbeam is providing a true end-toend solution for machine data analytics and intelligence that provides a complete picture of the myriad of interactions and states that machines evolve through including status, configuration changes and usage. Before delving into the new thinking that makes this story possible, let’s talk about why it’s necessary at all. Current IT technologists are operating with outdated and ill suited models of data management and analytics for the Smart Systems and the Internet of Things era. These models were conceived in the past and cannot serve the needs of a truly physical and real time connected world. Big Data Is Only Part of the Story From an IT perspective, today’s big data and analytics solutions are a direct descendent of the company mainframe, and work on the same “batched computing” model—an archival model, yielding a historian’s perspective. Information about events is collected, stored, queried, analyzed, and reported upon. But all after the “With Glassbeam, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the support process and brought them to the forefront immediately for resolution.” Carlos Quezada, Director of Worldwide Operations, Meru Networks
  7. 7. innovator profile Glassbeam MACHINE DATA REQUIRES A WHOLE NEW APPROACH TO ANALYTICS fact. In machine data applications, much of the historic analysis was conducted using only sampling-based analytics. That’s a very different thing from feeding the real-time inputs of billions of tiny “state machines” into systems that continually compare machine-state to sets of rules and then do something on that basis. With today’s big data tools analysis can now essentially be conducted on “all the data” that can be collected. However, in the machine world, unlike say the consumer retail arena, the analysis has to be real time and state-based. In short, for machine data to mean anything in business, the prevailing corporate IT model of “batched” big data analytics has to change and new tools need to be developed. The next cycle of technology and systems development in the smart connected systems arena is supposed to be setting the stage for a multi-year wave of growth based on the convergence of innovations in software architectures; back-room data center operations; wireless and broadband communications; and new analytics tools. But is it? 7 Overcoming Obstacles When it comes to preparing for the global information economy of the 21st century, most people assume that “the IT and telco technologists are taking care of it.” They take it on faith that the best possible designs for the future of connected things, people, systems and information will emerge from large corporations and centralized authorities. But those are big, unfounded assumptions. In fact, most of today’s entrenched players are showing little appetite for radical departures from current practice. Yet current practice will not serve the needs of a genuinely connected world. What are the major obstacles that need to be overcome? Optimizing machines and physical assets: New software technologies and applications need to help organizations address the key challenge of optimizing the value of all assets including machines and physical systems which will allow organizations to move beyond just financial assets and liabilities to their physical assets and liabilities (like IT equipment, production machines and vehicles). The task of optimizing the value of financial “Platforms like Glassbeam’s will lead us beyond traditional ‘break-fix’ support to new modes of leveraging customer-partner collaboration.” Services Technology Development Manager, Network Equipment Manufacturer
  8. 8. innovator profile Glassbeam THE TOOLS WE ARE WORKING WITH TO ANALYZE “SMART” MACHINES WERE NOT DESIGNED FOR TODAY’S DATA VOLUME AND COMPLEXITY assets, physical assets and people assets requires new technologies that will integrate diverse asset information in unprecedented ways to solve more complex business problems. Automated analytics: When telephones first came into existence, all calls were routed through switchboards and had to be connected by a live operator. It was long ago forecast that if telephone traffic continued to grow in this way, soon everybody in the world would have to be a switchboard operator. Of course that has not happened, because automation was built into the systems to handle common tasks like connecting calls. We are quickly approaching analogous circumstances with the rapidly rising amount of data that machines produce routinely. Historically, to gain meaning from operational data meant building dedicated data warehouses and analytics applications – a major undertaking. A typical project might involve several months of effort and expensive infrastructure and software licenses. If every machine requires this much customization just to perform simple analytic tasks such as search and discovery, then we surely need new tools to automate various data analytic 8 tasks and facilitate re-use, or risk constraining the growth of this market. Real time predictive intelligence: In today’s rapidly changing business environment, organizational agility not only depends on monitoring how the business is performing but also on the prediction of future outcomes which is critical for a sustainable competitive position. Traditionally, business intelligence systems have provided a retrospective view of the business by querying data warehouses containing historical data. Contrary to this, we need systems to analyze real-time complex event streams to perform operational monitoring and to support decision-agility. Machine data analytics systems will need to become much more business and operationsfocused -- analytics that can be embedded into machines and business processes. IT professionals rarely talk these days about the need for ever-evolving information and analytics services that can be made available and have high applied value in business and operations. Instead, they talk about cloud services and such. Leveraging machine and physical assets will require tools that business and operat- “Aruba Networks leverages machine data from thousands of systems in the field, and the Glassbeam platform has enabled us to quickly extract valuable business insights from these logs. We use the Glassbeam apps to obtain product and customer intelligence that allows us to proactively understand, support and manage our installed base and adopt a data-driven approach to business decision making.” Ash Chowdappa, VP of Product Management, Aruba Networks
  9. 9. innovator profile Glassbeam CUSTOMERS EXPECT EVOLVING SOFTWARE TOOLS TO BE FUNCTIONAL, UBIQUITOUS, AND EASY-TO-USE ing people can easily use and don’t require an “IT specialist ” to apply. Leveraging collective intelligence: For all its sophistication, many of today’s M2M systems are a direct descendent of the traditional remote services or cellular telephony models where each device acts in a “hub and spoke” mode. The inability of today’s popular enterprise systems to interoperate and perform well with distributed heterogeneous device environments is a significant obstacle. The many “nodes” of a network may not be very “smart” in themselves, but if they are networked in a way that allows them to connect effortlessly and interoperate seamlessly, they begin to give rise to complex, systemwide behavior. This allows an entirely new order of intelligence to emerge from the system as a whole—an intelligence that could not have been predicted by looking at any of the nodes individually. What’s required is to shift the focus from simple device monitoring to a model where device data is aggregated into new analytics applications to achieve true systems intelligence. Some things that look easy turn out to be hard. That’s part of the strange saga of the Internet of Things and its perpetual attempts to get itself off the ground. But some things that should be kept simple are allowed to get unnecessarily complex, and that’s the other part of the story. The drive to develop technology can inspire grandiose visions that make simple thinking seem somehow embarrassing or not worthwhile. That’s not a good thing when defining and deploying realworld technology to deliver innovation. This is where the new values of Glassbeam’s platform really come into focus. The Coming Machine Data Glut The fact that a rapidly expanding range of machines and devices have the capability to automatically transmit information about status, performance and usage and can interact with people and other systems anywhere in real time, points to the increasing complexity of managing machines and systems. This only compounds when we consider the billions or more of networked devices that many observers are forecasting will be deployed. 9 Fusing Machine Data WIth Related Business and Infrastructure Data Will Create Many New Values
  10. 10. innovator profile Glassbeam GLASSBEAM ENABLES MACHINE DATA ANALYTICS PROCESSES TO BE RAPIDLY BUILT AND DEPLOYED The tools we are working with today to monitor and analyze “smart” machines on networks were not designed to handle the scope of data generated, the diversity of device data types and the massive volume of datapoints and data sets generated from machine interactions. These challenges are diluting the ability of organizations to efficiently and effectively manage machines and systems. The fragmented nature of analytics software offerings available today make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to manage smart systems. What is needed is a common means of deploying machine data analytics applications that can leverage tools across families of interrelated devices and diverse domains. What would this entail? » Analytics tools and applications to address a broad range of machine data types that move beyond just searching and indexing functions. Increasingly, customers will need a single, unified end-to-end framework to search, explore, analyze and predict machine and systems behaviors that can operate across diverse data environments and under widely differing usage scenarios; » Analytic tools and applications that allow business and operations personnel - not IT specialists - to quickly build their own machine data analytics capabilities and applications with business and operations value. Users need to be able to quickly develop new applications for analytics that are easy to develop, use and collaborate with. We are reaching a critical juncture in market development where organizations will soon be crying out for a completely new approach - one that moves beyond “first-level” search and indexing tools built for systems administrators to a new generation of tools that put the power of machine data analytics into the hands of operations and business users where the effort invested to develop new machine data applications can be quickly and easily be utilized again and again across an ever broader spectrum of machines and domains. Customers expect evolving software tools to be functional, ubiquitous, and easy-to-use. Within this construct, however, the first two expectations run counter to the third. In order to achieve all three, a new approach is required -- but what kind of approach? 10 Internet of Things Data Management, Analytics and Visualization Market Potential $54.7bn IT Equip Anayltics $7.6bn $13.6bn IT Equip Anayltics $2.4bn 2013 2018
  11. 11. innovator profile Glassbeam GLASSBEAM ENABLES A DEEPER EXAMINATION OF MACHINE DATA Data Is Not Free In today’s world, information is not free (and that’s free as in “freedom,” not free as in “free of charge”). In fact, thanks to present information architectures, it’s not free to easily merge with other information and enable any kind of search-based intelligence. 11 requires special circumstances, such as extreme heat or pressure. In the world of information, such bonding is not all that easy. Today’s software platforms focus on execution processes that generate one of three types of data - unstructured, transactional or time series. Glassbeam Explorer Glassbeam tools allow users to view systems, applications and their performance characteristics over time. By mining huge volumes of machine data produced by intelligent connected devices, Glassbeam provides product managers, engineers and other business unit professionals with an unprecedented level of insight into how products are being used, based on actual machine-generated data from the installed base. What would truly liberated information be like? It might help to think of the atoms and molecules of the physical world. They have distinct identities, of course, but they are also capable of bonding with other atoms and molecules to create entirely different kinds of matter. Often this bonding For each of these data types, a specific set of intelligence tools have evolved to provide “insight” but, in most cases, these tools limit the questions that can be answered to those known in advance. So for a user attempting to do something as simple as asking a certain multi-dimensional question, creating new information from
  12. 12. innovator profile Glassbeam TRADITIONAL APPROACHES TO DATA DISCOVERY AND SYSTEMS INTELLIGENCE HAVE MANY FAILINGS multiple data types that is an easily perceivable, manipulable, or mappable “model” of the answer to that question is a significant challenge. 12 have three failings: they can’t provide a holistic view of these diverse data types or, the types of intelligence tools available to users are, at best, arcane Installed Base Analytics A critical requirement in product management and engineering is understanding how customers are using what they have today. What features are and aren’t being used? Where are problems occurring most often? What limitations on performance, capacity or other key metrics are being reached? Real time intelligence fundamentally changes this paradigm, treating data from things, people, systems and the physical world as augmented representations. In other words, treating diverse data types equally. This enables processes connecting diverse data in any combination to be rapidly built and deployed. The traditional approaches to data discovery and systems intelligence and typically limited in use to “specialists,” or the tools allow for only superficial analysis of machine data sets. The Glassbeam platform fundamentally changes this paradigm, treating diverse data types from machine logs equally. This enables processes connecting diverse data in any combination to be rapidly built and deployed.
  13. 13. innovator profile Glassbeam GLASSBEAM’S UNIQUE APPROACH TO MACHINE DATA ANALYTICS IS BASED ON A NEW CLASS OF TOOLS Machine Data Analytics Needs To Drive User Innovation The bit, the byte, and later the packet made possible the entire enterprise of digital computing and global networking possible. Until the world agreed upon basic concepts like using SQL with databases, it was not possible to move forward. The next great step in machine data technology— completely fluid multi-dimensional machine data analytics—requires an equally simple, flexible, and universal tool that will make diverse machine data types easily accessed, integrated and interpreted for business and operations staff. Glassbeam’s unique approach to machine data analytics is based on a new class of tools enabled by its breakthrough Semiotic Parsing Language (SPL) language that is specifically designed to let users extract value from multidimensional machine data types. Glassbeam’s unique SPL-driven tools and iterative development environment allows users to explore how a product or system is configured, how it is used and how well it is performing. Data can be aggregated to perform a variety of functions, including: » The organization of details on devices, configurations, locations, status and related usage; » Gathering and analyzing performance data across various products and segments; » Aggregating and analyzing multiple, parallel levels of data to allow interpretation by product development engineers, support technicians, and other functions. like sales and marketing. Businesses can benefit from a deeper examination of machine data in many ways including deeper diagnostics, proactive problem identification and intelligence on product usage and behaviors. Unlocking these values can only be achieved by using effective tools that not only search and index but extract critical insights about machine performance and behaviors. Glassbeam’s back-end system technology enables high velocity and high volume streaming data to be processed in real time. Extracting new insights into equipment health, support and usage require they be acted on real time. “With what we know about our customer base because of machine data, we’re able to recommend more and more solutions and products as their equipment ages and replacement becomes necessary. “ Managed Service Marketing Manager, IT Equipment and Solutions Provider 13
  14. 14. innovator profile Glassbeam WHEN PRODUCTS BECOME NETWORKED AND SUPPORT IS AUTOMATED, THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY ARE UTILIZED BECOMES MORE “AWARE” AND RESPONSIVE. Machine Data Analytics Enables Re-Imagination of Business Functions A networked machine generates information value over its entire lifespan. Product manufacturers can know where the device is located, when it was installed, critical specifications, diagnostics, availability of spare parts, usage patterns, support status and so on. 14 windows into how customers interact with a product. Once a product is shipped to a customer, the manufacturer loses sight of who buys it, how it is configured, what its use is and what the customer experiences with it. When products become networked and support is automated, the environment in which they are utilized becomes more “aware” and responsive. Machine Health Analytics Glassbeam’s platform solution that delivers a continuous pulse on the “health” of products: » » Eventually, this environment helps customers optimize their processes, save money, and become significantly more efficient. Event analysis – Problems, errors or other potential concerns can be viewed in summary fashion, alerting administrators to situations that require attention. » Traditional customer relationship and product support programs yield only intermittent, uneven and incomplete Proactive capacity planning – At a quick glance, customers can tell what percentage of a product is being used, and whether it is time to add or reallocate resources well in advance of capacity overload. License summary – Software versions are tracked automatically, ensuring that all products are up-to-date.
  15. 15. innovator profile Glassbeam THE ADVENT OF MACHINE DATA ANALYTICS MAKES THE STATE OF A BUSINESS’S ASSETS VASTLY MORE VISIBLE Up till now, most of the discussions concerning machine data analytics and customer support automation focus almost exclusively on simple monitored values such as alarms and alerts. However, basic monitoring alone steals the limelight and potentially eclipses the real revolution. By utilizing connectivity and analytic tools to more tightly integrate customers and their equipment partners, equipment players can drive a “closed loop” relationship of intimacy with their customers. This is where the real value lies. The advent of machine data analytics makes the state of (i.e., the information about) a business’s assets vastly more visible. As customers increasingly narrow their focus on their true core skills, they want to assume less responsibility for managing and maintaining the physical assets they utilize in their business. The responsibilities are shifting towards those who manufacture, sell and support these assets. Now, the objective for equipment suppliers is to use a new generation of machine data analytics services as a game changer that will: » Allow the equipment vendor to deliver detailed and proactive information and services that are 15 tailored to the unique needs of individual customers; » » Create a closed, real-time loop, between the equipment vendor’s support resources, product development organization and related business units allowing products to be specifically designed for, and implementations tuned to customer requirements and usage patterns; Improve the value and profitability of partners service offerings and allow the equipment vendor to establish closer, more proactive relations with their customers. This will allow equipment manufacturers to look beyond simply providing the minimum service required to attain customer satisfaction and utilize analytics as an intelligence tool which will, in turn, allow manufacturers to create lasting and binding relations with customers. It will allow manufacturers to see patterns and signatures that reveal robust information about the product’s behavior and usage by allowing the manufacturer to aggregate not only information about the product and its “We have given our customers a perspective into their own data center and storage equipment that they never had or even imagined was possible.” Customer Support Marketing Manager, Storage Equipment Manufacturer
  16. 16. innovator profile Glassbeam GLASSBEAM’S APPLICATIONS ARE NATURALLY POSITIONED TO EVOLVE FROM ANALYZING IT EQUIPMENT TO ADDRESSING DIVERSE MACHINE ASSETS configuration but also about how it performs. This expansion of machine data analytics capabilities will foster: » Higher value, more differentiated services and higher service levels; » Develop and capture new annuity revenue streams; » Reduce a vendor’s own product support and customer support costs; » Utilize customer configuration, usage and problem data to design better, more highly targeted products and systems for their customers; » Tailor marketing campaigns and sales efforts around highly customized value propositions; and, » Establish themselves as a high value partner and a trusted advisor. Glassbeam Futures The traditional notion of “M2M” applications has largely grown up in a B2B context with equipment manufacturers developing remote services and support automation tied closely to their equipment service contracts. These models are focused almost exclusively on equipment OEMs providing improved customer support efficiencies and not focused on new Smart Services values beyond just support automation. As the use of new machine data analytics tools begins to shift from just equipment OEMs to end customer operations and business users, and the focus of machine data analytics players shifts to adjacent equipment segments and end use verticals, Glassbeam’s platform and applications are naturally positioned to evolve from analyzing IT equipment to addressing diverse machine assets. By analyzing log data in IT equipment, Glassbeam has developed tools that can be used on a wide variety of machines with similar [embedded] computing power – in other words a vast array of machines, such as MRI machines, semiconductor processing equipment and beyond. Next Generation Cloud-Based Machine Data Analytics Platform: Glassbeam SCALAR Glassbeam SCALAR is a fast, secure, and scalable next generation platform for machine data analytics -- a hyper scale cloud-based platform designed to organize and analyze unstructured and multi-structured machine data. Glassbeam SCALAR is powered by a parallel asynchronous engine which leverages the company’s domainspecific language to describe the structure, meaning and relationships of unstructured data. Leveraging a stack of open source big data components including Casandra and Solr, SCALAR is built for scale and speed to handle complex log bundles and analyze terabytes of data. 16
  17. 17. innovator profile Glassbeam 17 The analytical tools themselves in Glassbeam’s platform and applications aren’t the only features that enable it to naturally migrate to adjacent markets and applications, but the inherent accessibility for use by non-IT professionals as well as Glassbeam’s software as a services (SaaS) delivery model. platform. On first appearances the end value of log data seems to only apply to the IT department, but the raw data from machines has a wealth of information that is applicable to everything from reactive diagnostics to identifying customer behaviors. The applications are near limitless and limited only by imagination. Glassbeam’s accessibility and intuitiveness means that non-IT professionals can easily use its software tools to solve a variety of related business and operations challenges. Big Data is already creating an enormous impact, but that is nothing compared to its potential impact when the power of machine data analytics is accessible to the layman business person who can easily use it across all machines in an enterprise. IT stops being a back office, cost-driven focus, but rather a new set of tools to deliver real impact and value across the entire enterprise. “For us, the value of machine data analytics goes beyond operational intelligence. It enables us to build better products and prioritize features intelligently based on “true” product usage stats.” Senior Director, Leading Enterprise Storage Company ABOUT HARBOR RESEARCH Founded in 1984, Harbor Research Inc. has more than twenty five years of experience in providing strategic consulting and research services that enable our clients to understand and capitalize on emergent and disruptive opportunities driven by information and communications technology. The firm has established a unique competence in developing business models and strategy for the convergence of pervasive computing, global networking and smart systems.