Today in Cloud

With Aster Data’s Big Data Summit and Cloudera’s Hadoop Summit being held tonight and tomorrow, respectively, at the same NYC venue, large-scale analytics are as hot today (literally, Oct. 1, 2009) as ever. Particularly hot today is Yahoo, which has a couple of executives spilling the beans about Yahoo’s large web infrastructure/cloud, and its continued commitment to Hadoop for non-search workloads (search falling under Microsoft’s control shortly). Hadoop also is getting love from Aster Data, which today announced two-way data transfer between Hadoop and Aster’s massively parallel database. On the cloud front, GigaSpaces’ Nati Shalom lays out the case for running MapReduce apps in virtualized cloud environments.

Munster Answers 14 Questions No One Was Asking

Good old Gene Munster. He’s just obsessed with Apple (s aapl), ain’t he? In a note yesterday to clients, and reported by AppleInsider, Munster answers 14 “questions” about Apple that cover such topics as its iPhones, iPods, Apple TV, Retail Stores, AT&T (s att) partnership and more.

In short, it’s nothing we haven’t heard from him before, but just in case you haven’t been keeping up with Piper Jaffray’s Senior Analyst this year, here are the highlights.

AT&T

Munster predicts AT&T’s exclusive deal with Apple will end next year, allowing the iPhone to be sold by other carriers. He cites the end of Apple’s exclusive deal with French carrier Orange. “For various reasons the company moved from an exclusive relationship with French wireless carrier Orange to a multi-carrier model,” he says. Well, I wouldn’t exactly describe it as “various reasons,” Gene, the reason was made quite clear. The Competition Council in France deemed the five year exclusivity deal unfair and cut it (and all similar future deals between carriers and hardware manufacturers) to a more competition-friendly three months.
But hey, “various reasons” sounds more knowledgeable, I suppose. Don’t forget, he’s a Senior Analyst.

No Cheap iPhone

Munster predicts there won’t be a sub-$99 iPhone 3G offering from Apple any day soon because the company is not interested in competing with the $10 basic cell phones that dominate markets like India. Call me an old cynic, but did we really need an analyst to tell us this? Here, try this: I predict that Apple isn’t interested in offering a sub-$500 MacBook because the market is swamped with $299 offerings from manufacturers of small form-factor PC notebooks. There. That sounded good, can I be an Analyst, please? Read More about Munster Answers 14 Questions No One Was Asking