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Wanted: A Plug-In Architecture for Hadoop Development

May 6, 2015 |

Hadoop is hard. There’s just no way around that. Setting up and running a cluster is hard, and so is developing applications that make sense of, and create value from, big data. What Hadoop really needs now, says former Facebook engineer Jonathan Gray, is a plug-in architecture that hides technical complexity from developers. Silicon Valley is full of big data veterans like Gray who know their way around Hadoop and the myriad of projects and engines that make up the Read more…

Hadoop’s Next Big Battle: Apache Versus ODP

Apr 24, 2015 |

  When the Open Data Platform launched in February, it effectively split the Hadoop community down the middle, with Hortonworks, Pivotal, and IBM throwing in with the ODP, and MapR and Cloudera keeping their chips on the Apache Software Foundation. The future of Hadoop is still very much an open question, and how the ODP-ASF split plays out could be a big factor in Hadoop’s future. Everybody seems to agree that the Apache Software Foundation has done an admirable job Read more…

From Spiders to Elephants: The History of Hadoop

Apr 15, 2015 |

Have you ever wonder where this thing called Hadoop came from, or even why it’s here? Marko Bonaci has wondered such things, too. In fact, he wondered about them so much that he decided to write a History of Hadoop chapter for his upcoming book, “Spark in Action.” Bonaci’s History of Hadoop starts humbly enough in 1997, when Doug Cutting sat down to write the first edition of the Lucene search engine. In 2000, Cutting placed Lucene into the open Read more…

AtScale Claims to Mask Hadoop Complexity for OLAP-Style BI

Apr 7, 2015 |

AtScale came out of stealth mode today with new software designed to trick business intelligence tools into thinking that Hadoop is a standard database upon which they can perform OLAP-style analysis, as opposed to the huge distributed file system that it really is. Business intelligence tools like Tableau, Qlik, TIBCO Spotfire, and Microstrategy weren’t designed with Hadoop in mind, but they’re commonly used to analyze data stored in HDFS just the same. In response to this demand, the Hadoop community Read more…

Does Hadoop Need a Reality Check?

Apr 3, 2015 |

Hadoop garners a lot of the attention when it comes to big data, to the point where “Hadoop” and “big data” are practically synonymous in many people’s minds. But by all accounts, few companies outside of the Fortune 1000 are using Hadoop directly, and despite the attention it receives, Hadoop is driving little in actual revenues. Hadoop was first conceived at Yahoo as a distributed file system (HDFS) and a processing framework (MapReduce) for indexing the Internet. It worked so Read more…

News In Brief

Microsoft Scales Data Lake into Exabyte Territory

Apr 29, 2015 |

Microsoft today announced its Azure Data Lake, an HDFS-compatible data repository designed to store vast amounts of structured and unstructured data for customers who want to analyze or explore it later with their choice of tools. The company also announced a cloud-based data warehouse and a new graph API for MS Office. Azure Data Lake service is “a nearly infinite data repository that supports petabyte-size files and all types of data,” says Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Read more…

WANdisco Opens Up the Dance Floor Beyond Just Hadoop

Apr 21, 2015 |

WANdisco today launched WANdisco Fusion, its new flagship data replication product for Hadoop. The new software delivers real-time replication of data not just among plain-vanilla Hadoop clusters, but also among HDFS-compatible file systems, such as those used by MapR Technologies, EMC Isilon, Amazon S3, and Teradata. WANdisco made its name in the Hadoop world with NonStop Hadoop, which provided very fast and reliable data replication for enterprises like banks that required strong high availability and disaster recovery capabilities with its Read more…

Hortonworks Deals to Streamline Hadoop Deployments

Apr 13, 2015 |

Hortonworks today announced the acquisition of Sequence IQ, a Hungarian developer of cloud deployment automation tools for Hadoop. Hortonworks, which is hosting its Hadoop Summit Europe in Brussels this week, also shipped a maintenance release of its Hadoop distribution that includes Apache Ambari 2.0 and officially adds Apache Spark to the mix. One of the big challenges customers face when implementing a modern Hadoop cluster is just getting it up and running. It’s not such an issue in small clusters Read more…

Will Poor Data Security Handicap Hadoop?

Feb 19, 2015 |

Companies around the world are looking to Hadoop as a platform on which to perform big data analytics. Every day, petabytes of data are flowing into Hadoop clusters with the aim of giving them a competitive edge. However, the overall lack of built-in security threatens to hamper the open source platform’s spread before it’s really gotten off the ground. If you set out to build a big data platform today, chances are good that data security would be one of Read more…

Tachyon Support Coming to Big Data Hypervisor

Feb 3, 2015 |

Organizations that are deploying Apache Spark to do data science on big data may be inclined to invest in Tachyon, the in-memory file system that was developed next to Spark at the AMPlab. Getting Spark and Tachyon spun up and deployed on bare metal can be a hassle, but it’s a business opportunity to BlueData, which is aiming to be the VMware of big data. Tachyon is a distributed, in-memory file system designed to enable reliable file sharing at memory-speed Read more…

This Just In

DataTorrent Joins the Open Data Platform Initiative, Brings Real-Time Processing of Data-In-Motion to ODP

May 21, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, – DataTorrent, the leader in real-time big data analytics and creator of DataTorrent RTS, the world’s first enterprise-grade unified platform for both stream and batch processing on Hadoop, today announced it joined the Open Data Platform (ODP) as a Silver member. In addition, DataTorrent RTS is certified and immediately available on the ODP Core. DataTorrent is focused on reducing time to market, increasing ROI and enabling success of big data projects. Joining ODP brings DataTorrent’s Read more…

InfiniDB Joins Hortonworks Technology Partner Program

Apr 24, 2014 |

InfiniDB, a leading provider of high-performance analytic data platforms, today announced that it has joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program. InfiniDB will work directly with Hortonworks, the leading contributor and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, to extend the power of InfiniDB products to Hadoop-based applications, enabling big data analytics that drive businesses forward.

Concurrent and Hortonworks Join Forces

Apr 21, 2014 |

Concurrent, Inc., the enterprise data application platform company, and Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today expanded their strategic partnership to simplify enterprise application development for data-centric applications. The Cascading SDK will now be integrated and delivered with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). In addition, Hortonworks will certify, support and deliver Cascading, the most widely used application development framework for data applications on Hadoop.

Hortonworks and Red Hat to Demonstrate Collaboration Progress

Apr 14, 2014 |

Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced the latest addition to its joint engineering alliance with Red Hat Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, including integration of OpenShift, Red Hat’s award-winning Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering, with Hortonworks Data Platform, bringing Hadoop to the open hybrid cloud. OpenShift integration with Hadoop will be highlighted at Red Hat Summit in San Francisco, April 14-17.

Hortonworks Partners with LucidWorks

Apr 3, 2014 |

Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced a strategic partnership with LucidWorks, the company transforming the way people access information, to enable Hortonworks users to access and analyze their data via Solr, the blazingly fast, easy-to-use open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project.