The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell
Big Data, A story about mages and mechanics.
October 25, 2015
BigBoards boot at CeBIT 2016 on day 1
CeBIT 2016 – Day 1 (14 March 2016)
March 15, 2016
Show all

Cebit 2016 (14 – 18 March 2016)

It has been a while since we informed you about all the things we have been working on. To summarize: a lot.


Since the summer of 2015, we have a new range of Hexes in our product line. A Hex remains a 6-node microcluster with 6 x 1TB hard drives and 1GB ethernet switch. But we have built our new monster micro-clusters  around Intel’s Next Unit of Computing. NUC for short. That’s why we have named our new clusters nHex.

nHex 6

You can see on our product page that we have 2 nHex version available: nHex i3 and nHex i5. As you can guess, the type annotation indicates the Intel processor which we use on the nodes. But nHexes run on steroids: 96GB of RAM and 2.3Ghz clockspeed!

The implications of these specs are enormous. We run full data architectures on the nHexes to build end-to-end data processing pipelines.  That’s something we couldn’t do on the Hex, because of memory constraints.

Have a look at our Workshop tint for example. It’s a full stack tint encompassing data ingestion, preparation and machine learning. We run a 2-day workshops using this tint. We introduce future data mechanics to data engineering at scale. Reach out if that interests you!


We completely changed our approach on our software stack! Before, all the operational tools ran embedded on the Hex. This has major advantages: we didn’t need to have any infrastructure. But it suffers from some major drawbacks when e.g. managing many devices.

The tools to manage and provision the Hexes is a central platform now. We call it the BigBoards Hive. From you can manage all your clusters.

How do you do it?

First of all, you install the BigBoards Fabric on the nodes you want to manage. It’s your cluster operating system … and more! A node can be many things. It can be as simple as a virtual PC on your laptop. But nodes can also be physical servers in your data center. And of course they can also be virtual servers in your private or public cloud. Using the BigBoards Fabric, you link all your nodes to your account on the BigBoards Hive. That’s how you build your node inventory.

Next, within the BigBoards Hive, you can start combining a number nodes into clusters. How many nodes you pick for a single cluster is completely up to you. It depends on your requirements. But, clusters are the unit of management for operations and monitoring.


And finally, you can start deploying Tints to your clusters. Tints are install packages to provision your clusters with technologies like Hadoop or Spark. It’s what makes your cluster into a data solution.

Of course, when you buy a BigBoards Hex or nHex, we do all these things for you, so your Hex just works right out of the box.

Cebit 2016

Last year, we could take part in Scale11, the startup hall of Cebit.We met some of our warmest customers there! The ‘Global Event for Digital Business‘ is what Cebit calls its self. It is the yearly European festival of digital. Digital transformation is this year’s theme and Big Data plays a central role!

CeBIT 2015, 16. bis 20. März

We will be in Hall 11 (Stand 50.2) of Cebit from 14-18 March 2016! The organisation packed the startup hall again with innovation from all over the world. There are even more boots than last year! It’ll be huge again! More exhibitors! More amazing products! Expect the fiercest competition to fight for your attention! Rest assured, though, that we do have some tricks up our sleeve. Last year we had the Spider Hex, this year something that comes from outer space!

If you plan to come to Cebit in Hannover between 14 and 18 March 2016, get in touch: we have free e-tickets to share! These are full-event tickets though giving you access to all the exhibit floors!!!

And of course, do pass on this invitation to your colleagues and friends!

See you in Hannover!

If you can’t make it to Cebit 2016, do reach out and give us your honest feedback on our products and strategies!


Wim Van Leuven
Wim Van Leuven
Big Data Enthusiast, Technology Leader, Hands-on I am passionate about software and solutions. Organizer of, the Belgian community on big data and NoSQL. Co-founder of


  1. Sytze says:

    Hello BigBoards,

    how do I apply for a free ticket to Cebit ?



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.