Consultant Wayne Eckerson says Hadoop 2, with its key YARN component, qualifies as a flexible big data operating system. And it could quickly take the open source framework into the IT mainstream, he predicts.
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an alliance agreement with Hortonworks, a leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, in a further strategic move to build its big data and digital capabilities and bring big outcomes from big data and analytics to its clients.
Hortonworks will serve up its Hadoop distribution platform to Accenture customers, while Accenture will offer support to clients looking to marry the Hortonworks data platform with their existing IT infrastructure.
There are scores of promising big data companies, but Fortune sought to cut through the noise and reached out to a number of luminaries in the field to ask which big data companies they believe have the biggest potential.
What was significant about the conversation is that, despite being employed by fierce competitors, Cutting and Murthy showed genuine appreciation for each other and respect for each other’s contributions to the Apache Hadoop project.