Hadoop and Managed Services: Big Data Deal or Big Hype?

Hadoop and Managed Services: Big Data Deal or Big Hype?

Apache Hadoop, the open source data management platform, is starting to connect in the managed services provider (MSP) market. An example: MetaScale is building a Hadoop managed services business practice to help customers address Big Data issues. Should smaller MSPs follow MetaScale's Hadoop lead?

MetaScale's latest move involves a partnership with Cloudera, which provides Apache Hadoop-based data management software. According to MetaScale, the company's Hadoop services include:

"building and configuring Hadoop clusters; operating, managing and monitoring the cluster; integrating with other data management technologies; running data-cleansing and other data management projects; writing and developing MapReduce applications; and custom solution design and system integration."

Managed Database Services

MSPmentor has often suggested that MSPs should focus more on managed database services -- where companies such as DSP Managed Services, NaviSite, Ntirety and Cloud Creek Systems come to mind.

But Hadoop seems to be a slightly different beast. Most massive technology companies -- HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, to name a few -- have been unveiling Apache Hadoop strategies in recent months. And I suspect small business MSPs will need to give Hadoop a look as customers increasingly gather, manage and mine their data.

With those thoughts in mind, MSPs should keep a close eye on MetaScale and Cloudera.
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