MapR: Hadoop for Cloud Big Data Management Inevitable
Solutions providers and customer better get used to the idea of using Hadoop to manage big data in the cloud. According to MapR, which provides its own distribution of Hadoop, it’s inevitable that Hadoop will be used to manage big data in cloud environments.
Industry insiders believe there is going to be an increasing channel opportunity when it comes Hadoop in the cloud. Jack Norris, MapR’s vice president of marketing, recently told Talkin’ Cloud that there is a huge uptick in Hadoop adoption following seven years of evangelism of Hadoop by its supporters and vendors.
There’s an “insatiable appetite” for analyzing data in the cloud, Norris said, but Hadoop provides a faster way to do that analysis over other systems. With very fast-growing data sets in all businesses, there’s a need for organizations to process that data and be able to respond quickly. Norris said that’s where Hadoop is ideal for managing cloud-based big data.
One of the key reasons Norris thinks Hadoop will continue to catch on is that managing and analyzing big data in the cloud has historically (as much history of it as there is) had an exponential cost curve that has put it out of reach of many businesses. It’s just too expensive. Hadoop, on the other hand, has a linear cost curve with a lot of scalability, Norris said.
“That allows a different type of analytics to be done at a much greater scale,” Norris told Talkin’ Cloud.
Hadoop also has the added benefit of being less complex. Norris noted that simple algorithms beat complex models each and every time when analyzing large data sets.
Specifically to cloud, Norris said the dynamic infrastructure can be even more difficult to manage and analyze, but Hadoops’ simple algorithms made it faster and easier than pricier solutions.
Norris can’t exactly be said to be unbiased, seeing as he’s essentially a Hadoop evangelist himself, but with the growth of big data in and out of the cloud, and industry analysts predicting growing opportunities for the channel, he may very well have a good point.
MapR also recently teamed up with Nimbula to provide a joint solution that brings Hadoop to the private cloud to manage big data.