Hadoop Insights

News about Hadoop in the wild; how Hadoop is being used; how Hadoop can be used.

If there’s one thing my interactions with our customers has taught me, it’s that Apache Hadoop didn’t disrupt the datacenter, the data did. The explosion of new types of data in recent years has put tremendous pressure on the datacenter, both technically and financially, and an architectural shift is underway where Enterprise Hadoop is playing a key role in the resulting modern data architecture.

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Due to the flourish of Apache Software Foundation projects that have emerged in recent years in and around the Apache Hadoop project, a common question I get from mainstream enterprises is: What is the definition of Hadoop?

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This question goes beyond the Apache Hadoop project itself, since most folks know that it’s an open source technology borne out of the experience of web scale consumer companies such as Yahoo!, Facebook and others who were confronted with the need to store and process massive quantities of data.…

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Any financial services business cares about minimizing risk and maximizing opportunity. Banks weigh the risk of opening accounts versus the opportunity to hold deposits.…

Luminar is one of Hortonworks’ original customers. Apache Hadoop is a pillar of their modern data architecture, and since choosing Hortonworks in 2012, the Luminar team became expert users of Hortonworks Data Platform version 1.

They were eager to migrate to HDP2 after it launched in October 2013.

I recently spoke with Juan Manuel Alonso, Luminar’s Manager of Insights. Juan Manuel worked with the Hortonworks professional services team to plan and execute the migration from HDP1 to HDP2.…

We love to hear examples from the ecosystem of how organizations are benefiting from Hadoop and today Hortonworks partner Microsoft posted a great detailed case study on how one of their partners – Ascribe – is using Microsoft’s HDInsight Service, their cloud based 100% Apache Hadoop service to transform healthcare in the UK.

Ascribe is a UK based company focused on solutions for the healthcare industry and was an early adopter of HDInsight which is built using the Hortonworks Data Platform.…

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The United States is enjoying resurgent fossil fuel production. In fact, the International Energy Agency estimates that by 2016, the U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer.…

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Consumers have never generated so much data on how they research, discuss and buy products. This new data is valuable for shaping and promoting a brand or product, but it doesn’t line up neatly to fit in pre-defined, tabular formats.…

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We’ve probably all heard the famous quote by John Wanamaker, the father of modern advertising: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.”

Wanamaker would love Apache Hadoop for retail applications, because it diminishes (or eliminates) the dilemma he described.…

This article originally appeared at Opensource.com and is reproduced here.

There are rapidly growing feature set, high commit rates, and code contributions happening across the globe to Apache Hadoop and related Apache Software Foundation projects. However, the number of woman developerscommitters, and Project Management Committee (PMC) members in this vast and diversified ecosystem are really diminutive. For the Hadoop project alone, only 5% out of 84 committers are women; and this has been the case for over the past 2 years.…

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Many of the world’s largest telecommunications companies use Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to manage their data. Through partnership with these companies, we have learned how our customers use HDP to improve customer satisfaction, make better infrastructure investments and develop new products.…

The year is coming to its end. Maybe you’re reading this as you race to check a few more 2013 items off of your to-do list (at work or at home). Or maybe you’ve already got a hot toddy in your hand and your feet kicked up, with slippers warming your toes.

In 2013, I have been fortunate enough to spend the year speaking with our customers and I learned about how so many important organizations are using Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to solve real problems.…

There is a lot of information available on the benefits of Apache YARN but how do you get started building applications? On December 18 at 9am Pacific Time, Hortonworks will host a webinar and go over just that:  what independent software vendors (ISVs) and developers need to do to take the first steps towards developing applications or integrating existing applications on YARN.

Register for the webinar here.

Why YARN?

As Hadoop gains momentum it’s important to recognize the benefits to customers and the competitive advantage software vendors will have if their application is integrated with YARN like elasticity, reliability and efficiency.…

In God we trust, all others must bring data.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming
Dr. W. Edwards Deming was a statistician and manufacturing consultant who worked on Japanese reconstruction after WWII. His quality control methods influenced innovative Japanese manufacturing processes that simultaneously increased volume, reduced cost, and improved quality. Near the end of his career, Deming taught the same lessons to U.S. automakers.

To this day, the “Deming Prize” is one of the highest rewards for Total Quality Management in the world.…

2013 was certainly a revealing year for the Enterprise Hadoop market. We witnessed the emergence of the YARN-based architecture of Hadoop 2 and a strong ecosystem embracement that will fuel its next big wave of innovation. The analyst community accurately predicted Hadoop’s market momentum would greatly accelerate, but none predicted a pure play vendor would publicly declare its intent to pivot away from the Enterprise Hadoop market. Interesting times indeed!

Join us on Tuesday January 21st where we’ll be covering the Enterprise Hadoop State of the Union in more detail.…

We have heard plenty in the news lately about healthcare challenges and the difficult choices faced by hospital administrators, technology and pharmaceutical providers, researchers, and clinicians. At the same time, consumers are experiencing increased costs without a corresponding increase in health security or in the reliability of clinical outcomes.

One key obstacle in the healthcare market is data liquidity (for patients, practitioners and payers) and some are using Apache Hadoop to overcome this challenge, as part of a modern data architecture.…

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