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Cloudera Hadoop Powers Oracle's BigData Appliance


Written by  Sudheer Raju | 10 January 2012
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BigDataApplianceOracle has selected Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager software as core technologies on the Oracle Big Data Appliance, a high performance “engineered system.” Oracle and Cloudera announced a multiyear agreement to provide CDH, Cloudera Manager, and support services in conjunction with Oracle Support for use on the Oracle Big Data Appliance.

Cloudera CEO Mike Olson said the partnership is a natural fit because Cloudera and Oracle already have many joint customers who will now be able to integrate Hadoop into their mission-critical environments in a relatively natural manner. He added that the companies worked very closely not only on software compatibility but also on tuning the Big Data Appliance to run Hadoop.

Looks like Oracle has realized the four realities very quickly in 2012 if it has to stand up to maintain its position and has moved within 10 days of the new year.

While Oracle has announced its BigData hardware BigData Appliance in Oracle OpenWorld 2011, Cloudera could be the biggest winner here gaining an upper hand over its upcoming competitors MapR and Hortonworks. The Big Data Appliance combines Apache Hadoop with a purpose-built hardware platform and software that includes platform components such as Linux and Java, as well as data management technologies such as the Oracle NoSql database and Oracle integration software.

The value add specifically will be felt by companies who does not have enough expertise to setup hadoop based environment to just pick up the integrated hadoop within the Oracle environment for all the big data analysis in house.

Announcing this on Cloudera blog, Ed Albanese (Business Development Lead, Cloudera) has pin pointed the market significance of this partnership and product as follows

  • The Oracle Big Data Appliance is a tremendous validation of Apache Hadoop. The leading data management company in the world has released a highly engineered Apache Hadoop solution for global distribution.
  • CDH users everywhere will benefit from increased choice. The breadth and quality of tools, applications, systems and services that support the CDH platform will undoubtedly grow as the Oracle ecosystem moves to support the Oracle Big Data Appliance.
  • Oracle has made a decision to keep its entry into the Apache Hadoop market open source. Oracle customers who buy the Big Data Appliance get CDH bit for bit, unaltered and with the same license it currently ships with from cloudera.com – Apache v2.
  • Cloudera customers who use Oracle technologies benefit immediately from tighter integration with more Oracle products. The Big Data Appliance is engineered to work with Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle ExaLogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, Oracle NoSQL database and Oracle 11.
While it is evident that not everyone will be interested to buy the BigData Appliance, Oracle also plans to provide big data connectors as seperate products for anyone who would like to link up their Hadoop setup with Oracle environments.
Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.


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