NetApp Brings Out Its Own Hadoop Deployment

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-05-09 Print this article Print


At the same time on May 9, EMC's biggest storage competitor, NetApp, also had Hadoop news. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based network storage maker unveiled a set of new storage arrays running its E-Series Platform that are bundled with -- and optimized for -- using Hadoop.

NetApp's E-Series is using new software gained from the company's completed $480 million purchase of the Engenio external storage systems business from LSI; this enables NetApp to enter some important new emerging markets.

Apache Hadoop, created by former Apple, Xerox PARC and Yahoo developer Doug Cutting, is an open-source software framework built in Java that works with distributed data-intensive applications. It enables applications to scale securely in order to handle thousands of nodes and petabytes of data.

Cutting, now at Cloudera and serving as the chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, has said that Hadoop was inspired by Google's MapReduce (which handles clustering of a system's nodes) and Google File System.

Hadoop, which is named after Cutting's son's toy elephant, is being maintained and improved by a large global community of contributors. Yahoo, one of the first movers in Hadoop and which now sponsors a Hadoop developers' conference, has been the largest contributor to the project and uses Hadoop extensively across its own businesses.

"Hadoop has played a leading role in the transformation from traditional data warehousing to big data analytics," said analyst John Webster, senior partner at Evaluator Group. "EMC's Hadoop commercialization strategy is aimed at streamlining and bulletproofing Hadoop for enterprise users, making Hadoop more of a must-have real-time analytics tool for the enterprise."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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