Semantic Web SuccessStory: Practical Integration of Semantic Web Technology and Linked Data Principles in the Architecture and Implementation of an Enterprise Product
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  Bryan Thompson   Bryan Thompson
Chief Scientist
  Chris Chaulk   Chris Chaulk
Software Architect
EMC Corporation


Tuesday, October 16, 2012
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Level:  Case Study

Location:  Crystal Room

We will provide a brief introduction to the bigdata® open source RDF database platform, our view of where the graph database field is going, and touch on new and cool features in current and upcoming releases. We will then turn over the stage to one of our customers who will provide an in-depth discussion about what it takes to build an enterprise scale application using semantic technologies. Developing a commercial product for the enterprise storage management market is challenging due to the diversity of the heterogeneous technologies deployed in today’s data centers and the rapid advancement of these technologies. A storage resource management product must discover and monitor a large portion of these environments, reporting the configuration and topology (i.e. relationships) across the entire computing stack (server, storage, and network). The layered complexity of various forms of virtualization in each component of the stack increases the complexity of managing and monitoring the environment. These qualities drive the need for a product that has a high degree of flexibility in its information architecture. The EMC ProSphere storage resource management product team was tasked with building a next-generation solution that could sustainably support data centers of today and tomorrow, at enterprise scale. The team analyzed all mainstream approaches to information architecture, taking into account the limitations of traditional architectural approaches as realized in existing products. Ultimately the team realized that building the information architecture on Semantic Web technologies and following specific Linked Data principles would maximize the flexibility and maintainability required. The product team attributes part of their success to the partnership with SYSTAP, LLC, a pioneer in the RDF database market with the bigdata project. Working closely with other practicing technologists allowed the team to accelerate their learning, and advance and influence the development of a core component of the architecture. The ability to have such a close interaction and significant impact on the development of a relatively immature product market is the opposite of the vendor interaction that occurs with mature/traditional technologies, and is seen as highly valuable.

Bryan Thompson is the co-founder and Chief Scientist of SYSTAP, LLC and the lead architect of the bigdata® database platform. He is a visionary and entrepreneur working on cutting edge efforts in web architecture, the semantic web, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, cognitive modeling, decision-support systems.

Chris Chaulk is the chief architect for ProSphere, EMC's Storage Resource Management (SRM) product. Chris architected ProSphere from the ground up as the next-generation of EMC's SRM solution using a unique combination of best-of-breed technologies (e.g. bigdata, Greenplum, CEP, REST, VMware vApps). He leads product architecture and product integration across EMC's software portfolio and provides technical oversight for a large, globally distributed engineering organization. He pioneered the use of Semantic Web technologies within EMC's Advanced Storage Division, where he continues to evangelize the use of Semantic Web and Linked Data principles in combination with other NoSQL technologies. He holds a number of patents in the area of storage management.

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