Hadoop Data Analytics: 10 Reasons Why It's Important for Business

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-01 Print this article Print
Yahoo Creates Hortonworks to Lead Hadoop

Yahoo Creates Hortonworks to Lead Hadoop

On June 29, Hortonworks (named after the Dr. Seuss elephant) was created as an independent, privately held, VC-funded company to lead the Hadoop community and market the open-source product into the future. Its parent, Yahoo, is now one of its customers.
Hadoop, the data analytics-for-huge-data-sets invention of Apache Chairman Doug Cutting that found its original home at Yahoo, made some big news this week at the fifth annual Hadoop Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. First, it was revealed that Hadoop officially—but not "spiritually"—will break away from Yahoo and be shepherded by a new VC-funded company called Hortonworks, named after the Dr. Seuss elephant character. Secondly, the Hadoop technology has gone from a science project to mainstream business in five years. Hortonworks is an appropriate name for the new company because it is congruent with Hadoop itself—which is named after the stuffed toy elephant that belongs to Cutting's young son.?ö?ç?í Apache Hadoop 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. More and more businesses are finding out that they need to analyze their stored data to help them make better business decisions. A number of Hadoop distributions are now available. Some of them are mentioned in the following slide show, which touches on some of the key points in the five-year development history of this open-source software.
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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