Cloudera Builds Strength and Agility

Haters gonna hate on Hadoop, but they've confused 'tween growing pains with weakness. The broader Hadoop ecosystem continues to mature at a very healthy pace. Even if the players are starting to outgrow the labels of "Hadoop" and "big data," leading companies in this sector will continue to build on what is now established to be a strong core. Perhaps most prominent among these young varsity athletes is Cloudera.

Cloudera has long enjoyed the popular attention of the market. More than 1,000 customers use Cloudera in more than 60 countries today. Technology vendors and channel partners have associated themselves with the cool kid. At last count, Cloudera has over 2800 partners, and that number includes 450 ISVs, of which 388 are certified, bringing 184 partner-developed solutions, of which 120 have been verified in production, and 44 are available in a ready-to-roll solutions gallery. Meanwhile big names like Intel and Michael Dell have provided significant scholarships to fund the company's development.

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Cloudera Develops Its Market Momentum

At a recent Analyst Day in San Francisco, Cloudera all but declared the company’s dominance of the core Hadoop distribution market. The case was made around three measures of success, namely: product strength, market results, and strategic alliances.

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Oracle Strikes Back

IT is a global game of king of the mountain. The view is lovely from the top, but everyone else is looking to pull you down with new innovations in products, better services, and disruptive go-to-market strategies. Oracle has long held the crown for databases and a number of related business applications, yet is surely feeling some pressure from the ravenous hordes below. Two popular angles of attack have been in-memory and/or NoSQL databases. The goal of players such as Amazon (with DynamoDB), Apache Cassandra, MemSQL, MarkLogic, MongoDB, NuoDB, and many others has been to differentiate on the capabilities of their newer platforms to hopefully displace, or more likely find a niche alongside, the popular Oracle database. Even other industry titans like IBM (with DB2 BLU Acceleration) and Microsoft (with SQL Server 2014) have brought in-memory options to market with great fanfare.

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Cloudera's Enterprise Data Hub Mission

Continuing on the thoughts from my hadoop-and-geopolitical-conquest/index.html" target="_blank">earlier post on technology battle strategies, the Hadoop distribution market place continues to be actively contested, and prospects are often asking which makes the most sense for their environments. While all based on the same open source Apache project, there are in fact meaningful differences in approach, not all of which are purely technical. A couple of leaders are emerging with a bigger vision of the future of big data.

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Hadoop and Geopolitical Conquest

There are four traditional strategies to establishing an empire. We can see these employed time and again in the technology market, but also in world geopolitics. For quick reference, I’ll call these “Rouda’s Four B’s”: *

1. Build in - Focus on developing your own internal strength with advantageous product capabilities and judicious use of your financial and human resources. Devise new weapons, train your troops, and don’t over-extend your supply lines.

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Cloudera's Vision for the Enterprise Data Hub

Yesterday marked the first ever Cloudera analyst day, held at the Omni Hotel in sunny San Francisco, and judging by the agenda and attendance they are attracting a lot of interest as a thought leader in big data. The speakers were engaging and passionate about answering three of my favorite questions:

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A Distribution of Assets: Cloudera in the Big Data Era

Let’s start with this week’s puzzler:

What can store everything, but has no mass of its own?

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Ingest to Insight Big Data Vendor of the Year 2012 and 2013 Outlook: Finalists - Cloudera, IBM, Opera Solutions

Do you know in your bones that serious big data analytics, not just BI, would truly help improve your company’s business model, processes, or stimulate your research discovery efforts, but don't quite know where to start? You would do well to give Cloudera, IBM, or Opera Solutions a call. All three of these big data vendors possess a plethora of products, services, and partnerships yielding more products and services, industry domain, and/or data science expertise, and in IBM's case even big data IT infrastructure and cloud. Any of these 3 suppliers will help you develop and implement a big data solution of considerable value for your organization, or even your entire industry. Do not, however, expect your big data effort to be inexpensive – even if you stick with Hadoop.

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The Big Data Platform Metamorphosis

Many key big data suppliers have moved beyond the piece-part larval form, shed their respective skins to varying degrees, and are in the process of blooming into big data platform butterflies. Which vendor(s) will emerge as the stunning Blue Morpho of big data butterflies remains to be seen. The elements of what a big data platform consists of, while still somewhat hazy and varied based on what an organization thinks it wants to accomplish with big data, seem more sharply defined than six months ago. Suffice it to say that a transmutative race down a path of platform evolution is well under way, driven by the recognition that most enterprises will not invest in too many big data piece-parts. Consider some of the offerings and announcements, many of which have appeared around or during the past crazy data conference week:

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Cloudera’s Platform and Partnerships Set the Pace in the Hadoop Big Data Race

Cloudera’s Platform and Partnerships Set the Pace in the Hadoop Big Data Race

We've seen it before: Technology innovator and champion rides partnership development to unshakeable position in rapidly growing IT market. Sun did it with Java, which augmented their market leader status and sales in the late 1990s (fumbled in the 2000s, alas). Red Hat did it with Linux. Cloudera pursues a similar partnering power path in the Hadoop corner of big data. Consider this partial list of Cloudera’s partnering activities thus far in calendar 2012:

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