Big Data Europe joined many other projects and hundreds of delegates at this year’s European Data Forum. This was the fifth time the event has been held and it has clearly grown in strength and importance, which ensures an ever-more impressive line up of speakers. This year’s event was held in the Netherlands and featured the CEOs of Tom Tom and Philips in whose home town, Eindhoven, delegates gathered.
For projects like Big Data Europe, it’s chance to ‘show and tell’ amongst an interested and motivated group of people from all round the world. One of the developers of the BDE platform, Aad Versteden of TenForce, was on hand to demonstrate how different components – Apache Hadoop, Spark and Flink, for example, can easily be instantiated and integrated with other tools to handle a diversity of big data use cases as evidenced by the project’s pilots. The use of Docker and Docker Swarm makes this as easy as it can be.
Although the Big data Europe booth was not in a prime location, there was a steady stream of people asking about what the platform could do and how it compares with other platforms that, outwardly, make similar offers. What was unexpected and very exciting was that several other projects are interested in making their tools available through the platform. Analytics engines, sentiment analysis tools, natural language processors etc. if it runs on Linux it can be put in a Docker container. If it can be put in a Docker Container, it can be used with the Big data Europe platform.
We’ll have to wait and see how many such tools actually end up being made available as BDE components, but the possibility and synergy is exciting.