NetApp Brings Out Its Own Hadoop Deployment
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."