Apache Hadoop, the collection of open source software utilities that facilitate using a network of many computers to solve problems involving massive amounts of data and computation, hit a speed bump recently with a shuffling of the key players. Big data workloads went to public cloud giants and a couple narrowly averted shutting down completely. Information Week brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Cloudera Sets Agenda for Next Era Cloud Data Analytics.”

Hadoop started out as a technology stack for managing big data, but in the years since it has become more of a movement used to manage or analyze data.

Cloudera is one of the original three Hadoop distribution companies, and the only remaining one as Hortonworks and Cloudera are in the process of merging. It’s not just Hadoop anymore. The plan is for a collection of open source technologies made available in the cloud to enterprise customers. A new vision is emerging of large-scale data platforms made up of open source components and based in the cloud.

Melody K. Smith

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