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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Oracle Jumps on Hadoop Bandwagon with Cloudera

Oracle is working to beef up its Apache Hadoop-based software and services for its enterprise customers via a partnership. Oracle is hooking up with Cloudera in a joint agreement to provide Apache Hadoop distribution and tools for the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Specifically, Oracle has integrated Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager software into the Oracle Big Data Appliance. The Oracle Big Data Appliance is an engineered system that aims to provide a high-performance, scalable data-processing environment for handling large databases.

Cloudera isn't the only Apache Hadoop-based provider Oracle could have chosen to partner with. On the start-up side, there's Hadapt, DataStax, and MapR. However, Andy Mendelsohn, senior VP of Oracle Database Server Technologies, said the maturity of Cloudera's products and the company's expertise on the enterprise level helped make them the right choice.

Mutually Beneficial

Oracle's Big Data Appliance is competing against similar offerings from IBM and EMC. The appliance is an engineered system of hardware and software that incorporates Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop and Cloudera Manager, an open source distribution of R, Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition, Oracle HotSpot Java Virtual Machine and Oracle Linux running on Oracle's Sun servers. CDH is the most widely deployed commercial distribution of Apache Hadoop for the enterprise.

Mike Olson, co-founder and CEO of Cloudera, said the partnership is expected to deliver the first engineered system designed to make Apache Hadoop work together with Oracle's product stack, creating a solution that can address the most demanding analytic workloads.

Big Data Acquisitions

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, said the partnership is a win-win. As he sees it, Oracle is coming late to the Hadoop-based "Big Data" party. He points to EMC's Greenplumb acquisition and IBM's Netezza acquisition, as well as HP's Vertica acquisition in this space as evidence.

"Oracle kind of pooh-poohed the Big Data market...

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