July 31, 2014
Apache Hadoop-focused MapR Technologies is among the first vendors to achieve the recently announced Big Data Competency from Amazon Web Services. The status is part of the new AWS Partner Network (APN) Competency Program, and Amazon is basing the status on customer success, technical proficiency and software validation.
MapR is the first vendor of a Hadoop distribution to be accepted into the Competency Program, giving it some additional weight when it comes to its Hadoop offerings and their connection to AWS. As for organizations as members of the APN, several have been accepted into the Big Data Competency element of the program.
"As the first Hadoop distribution company in the APN Competency Program, we're excited to be recognized for helping customers successfully use Hadoop in production environments at any scale," said Jon Posnik, vice president of Business Development at MapR Technologies, in a prepared statement. "This validation from AWS reaffirms the value that the MapR distribution provides in the cloud by delivering unparalleled flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness."
Amazon has separated the Big Data Competency element of the program into three distinct categories of about half a dozen (or so) partners each, including:
Business intelligence partners—including MicroStrategy, Tableau Software, SAP, Accenture, Beeva, Cognizant and Slalom Consulting.
Data integration partners—including Attunity, Informatica, SnapLogic, Cognizant (which fits into two categories), ComSysto and Smart 421.
Advanced analytics partners—including MapR Technologies, Splunk, Sumo Logic, Class Method, Globant, MarketShare, Storm Reply and Nomura Research Institute.
Another recently named Big Data Competency partner also commented on its own new status.
"Organizations are increasingly aware of the value of leveraging machine data intelligence from their IT infrastructure. Hosting Sumo Logic on the AWS Cloud enables us to deliver an elastic service that helps IT and security teams uncover critical business insights," said Vance Loiselle, CEO at Sumo Logic, in a prepared statement. "We value being included as a Big Data Competency Partner and extending our services to the greater network of AWS customers."
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