The convergence of Big Data and Cloud will radically change the Enterprise Computing game. EMC’s Chairman, Joe Tucci, and his lieutenants have been evangelizing on this idea for years, though they’ve used different variations of the words.

And while they probably didn’t know how their vision would play out when they first started preaching, today they do. Pivotal, an EMC and VMWare spinoff, will build the next generation Platform as a Service (PaaS) for the Enterprise. On it developers and companies will be able to host and deploy applications with an ease that doesn’t exist today.

"Clouds are the modern equivalent of hardware," says Pivotal CEO Paul Maritz. And Pivotal will create the new Operating System.

Maritz is the former CEO of EMC spawn VMWare, which is valued at 34 billion today. If anyone can deliver on that big a vision, it’s Maritz. He’s been prepping for the task for at least a year.

Consider what he said at last year’s VMWorld:

Referring to VMware, Maritz said,

The story of the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) has been written. We are not going to be the only vendor of a SDDC, but all of us who are going to provide one, understand how this is going to end.”

He then added (listen up here),

The story of how application development, deployment and operations is going to be reinvented is just as compelling, just as important, but has not been written. The participants in the creation of this story do not know how it will end.”

This is the story that Maritz and his team are now writing. The have promised to bring it to life in Q4. That would be an unattainable goal if Pivotal hadn’t been “given” VMWare and EMC assets such as Greenplum, Cloud Foundry, Spring, Gemstone and Cetas ... and, oh yes, 1250 of the companies’ most brilliant employees.

GE Bets Big On Pivotal

And though it’s no surprise that Pivotal’s “parents” EMC and VMWare are supporting Maritz’s creation in a very big way (to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars), GE yesterday offered its encouragement too via a US$ 105 million investment.

Explaining why the move made sense for GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt offered:

We want to be on the leading edge [of big data], We see Pivotal as an important partner on that [with] your ability to help us manage a lot of this data [in] real time and be able to transform and put it to use on behalf of our employees and our customers."