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December 9, 2014

MapR Claims Momentum as Hadoop Subs Grow

George Leopold

MapR Technologies said this week that paid subscriptions to its distribution of Apache Hadoop exceeded 700 in November while existing customers increased current subscriptions at an expansion rate of more than 200 percent during its most recent quarter ending Sept. 30.

San Jose-based MapR has cashed in on the popularity of the open source framework for handling large-scale, data-intensive deployments with its top-ranked distribution for ApacheT Hadoop. Along with new subscribers, the company said it measures the growth of its current customer base using a dollar-based net expansion rate. The quarterly metric is used because many of MapR’s existing customers expand their subscription on a regular basis.

The company said it calculates its net expansion rate for Hadoop customers by determining the base quarterly revenue from all subscription sales during the quarter. Subscription-based revenue is then calculated from the same customers during the quarter ending the following year. Finally, the most recent quarterly subscription revenues are divided by base quarterly subscription revenue to arrive at the net expansion rate.

MapR also said on Dec. 9 that it has teamed with SAP to integrate SAP HANA real-time analytics with MapR’s distribution of Apache Hadoop.

MapR and data analytics and marketing application specialist Teradata announced an expanded a partnership in November to integrate MapR’s distribution to create Hadoop, data warehousing, “discovery platforms” and NoSQL products. The partnership comes on the heels of similar deals Teradata formed with the two other pure-play Hadoop providers, Cloudera and Hortonworks.

Teradata also will work with MapR to build a special QueryGrid connector that allows its customers to push analytic workloads down from Teradata and Aster databases into MapR clusters, which is also similar to the reseller deals it has for Cloudera and Hortonworks.

MapR also said it continues to expand in vertical markets, including financial services, advertising and media, health care, IT, retail, security and telecommunications. Its more than 700 customers also include emerging Web 2.0 companies, MapR said.

The company also recently added Anil Gadre, a former executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Sun Microsystems. Gadre will serve as MapR’s senior vice president for product management.

The string of good news at MapR illustrates the vibrant nature of the Hadoop ecosystem. In February, Forrester Research ranked MapR’s product offering first among Hadoop distributors. The market watcher cited MapR‘s strong Hadoop architecture and credited it with making “unique innovations” to its M3, M5, and M7 products, including support for the Network File System (NFS), the capability to run arbitrary code (such as C++ applications, not just Java), its HBase performance tweaks and high availability features.

MapR “must now make more noise in the market and accelerate its partnerships and distribution channels,” Forrester concluded. With that in mind, the company is highlighting deals with SAP, Teradata and a growing list of subscribers.

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