Cloudera and NetApp Partner Up

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by Angela Guess

According to a new article, “Cloudera and NetApp announced a partnership on Monday whereby the storage giant will make available Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop distribution and enterprise management software, and Cloudera will support a NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, a reference architecture for storage set for release in December. The partnership is clearly a response to an alliance struck in May between NetApp rival EMC and MapR Technologies. As part of that deal, EMC entered the Hadoop enterprise support business in direct competition with Cloudera, and it incorporated MapR’s software as part of a Greenplum HD Enterprise Edition Hadoop software distribution.”

It continues, “A java-based platform for distributed data processing, Hadoop has gained interest and adoption in recent years on the strength of its ability to handle the big data encountered by Internet businesses and other organizations handling hundreds of terabytes if not petabytes of information. The storage opportunity has naturally attracted storage vendors EMC, which has $17 billion in annual revenue, and NetApp, its smaller rival with $5 billion in annual revenue.”

It continues, “Cloudera is the oldest and largest provider of enterprise support and Hadoop management software, with more than 100 customers, but it’s a tiny company compared to NetApp and stands to gain a huge lift through that vendor’s sales and distribution organization. As for the NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, a reference architecture sounds like something you can hash out on a napkin, but the partners say the suggested configurations of software and hardware will speed deployment and have been tested in NetApp’s labs to ensure performance.” In related news, Cloudera has raised $40 million in Series D funding.

photo credit: Cloudera

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