Cloud computing is still more attractive to venture capitalists than it is to enterprise IT buyers, and that's unlikely to change in 2010. As IT buyers warm to the idea and implementation of cloud computing, 2010 is going to prove to be a very big year for cloud-computing M&A as big-fish vendors like VMWare, Microsoft, IBM, and Oracle round out their cloud product portfolios with little-fish innovators.
In the cloud, no one cares about your software license. That is one of the most liberating--and frustrating--things about cloud computing.
Depending on your perspective, it either opens up computing or closes it off. Customers don't seem to care one way or another, happily shoveling data into cloud services like Google, Facebook, and others without (yet) wondering what will happen when they want to leave.
Cloud computing may just be the Hotel California of technology.
As cloud computing edges its way into the enterprise, the open-source Apache Hadoop project may well prove to be the poster child of the movement. Hadoop effectively gives enterprises the power of Google or Yahoo Web indexing for free, or for the cost of a CloudEra subscription if you want to involve Hadoop's core developers in your rollout. Credit card giant Visa is an early corporate adopter of Hadoop, and points to a bright future for the open-source project.
I caught up with Visa's Joe Cunningham, head of the technology strategy and innovation group, to talk about the … Read more
Hadoop is the popular open-source implementation of MapReduce, a powerful tool designed for deep analysis and transformation of very large data sets. It enables you to explore complex data, using custom analyses tailored to your information and questions. It's also one of the most buzz-worthy, talked about open-source projects around.I spoke with Christophe Bisciglia, Hadoop World organizer and founder of Cloudera, to ask some questions about this inaugural event. And by the way, if you're interested in attending, click on the link in the answer to question No. 5. (My readers get a 25 percent discount if you register before September 15.)
Q: How can you explain the buzz around Hadoop? It's deafening. … Read more
If any organization needs to make sense of unstructured data it's the government--especially agencies like the CIA and other intelligence groups that comb through a myriad of disparate information on an hourly basis.
Last week, In-Q-Tel, the technology arm of the CIA, invested in Lucid Imagination, which provides support, maintenance, and add-on software for Apache Lucene and Solr. According to Lucid, the Lucene/Solr technology is downloaded more than 9,000 times per day, and more than 4,000 organizations are using the software for enterprise search.
I've wondered aloud quite a few times as to whether or not open-source projects (and specifically Apache projects) can turn into businesses or if they are simply the cogs and wheels that make other products function better (aka the Oracle syndrome).
I probably would have argued that enterprise search would fall into one of those no-man's lands where the technology is important but not quite a standalone business. There has been a huge amount of venture capital investment in search but few big winners in the category.
But the investment from In-Q-Tel adds some credence to the value of the function as well as the technology in the respect that the government is actually using the software and not just making an investment as we see in the venture capital world. Lucene and Solr are "sufficiently complex" open-source products that require a commercial entity to support ongoing efforts once they are adopted. This gives Lucid a legitimate shot at building a business. … Read more
The Internet largely abolishes scarcity in digital goods, shifting competitive advantage to those that can profit from abundance, not scarcity, like Red Hat, Google, and Facebook. For this reason, the more Hadoop grows as a community, the better the business opportunity for Cloudera, the start-up that distributes a commercial version of Hadoop.
Let me explain.
As CNET's Tom Krazit explains, "Hadoop is essentially an open-source version of the software Google uses to run its Web indexing servers." Yahoo also uses it internally for roughly the same reason, and has released its own open-source version of Hadoop to … Read more
I thought of just Tweeting a few of these news bits, but some deserve to be blogged. Alas! I lack the time today but....Joomla has surpassed 10,000,000 downloads. It's hard to describe just how impressive this is, and particularly given the fact that these have come in the past four years, and after a fractious fork from Mambo. The University of Southern Mississippi and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate have launched the Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program, along with Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) and the U.S. Navy, … Read more
I recently asked Cloudera CEO Mike Olson how a commercial open-source company balances community and commerce.
When it comes to open source, this isn't Olson's first rodeo; in his past life he served as CEO of the open-source database company Sleepycat, which was acquired by Oracle in 2006. Olson understands the fragile balance that exists in open source; he's a firm believer that good community relations are critical for open-source companies. Case in point--since we last spoke, Cloudera launched the industry's first certification program for Hadoop and MapReduce, open source projects that support data intensive distributed applications.
Cloudera on Tuesday is expected to formally announce the closing of a $6 million series B funding round led by Greylock (whose past investments successes include Red Hat among many others).
Olson reports that fast growth in the business and rapid adoption of Hadoop/MapReduce drove heavy interest from investors. For Cloudera, apparently it's a buyer's market, so it decided to secure funding now to allow it to expand the business rapidly on all fronts.
So, with $11 million in the bank from top-tier VCs (Accel led the A round and participated in the B) along with individual investments from Diane Greene (former CEO of VMware), Marten Mickos (former CEO of MySQL), and Jeff Weiner (president of LinkedIn), Cloudera has successfully raised the smart money to compliment the big data all-star founding team from Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.
For a brief overview of Hadoop and Cloudera check out the video below. … Read more
The tech media recently started taking serious notice of Hadoop, an open-source project developed to processing huge amounts of data, and the coverage is growing every day. According to ITDatabase, 161 stories have been written about Hadoop in the last three months alone, including a veritable "coming out party" in The New York Times.
Hadoop is interesting because it's proven in use at large Web shops, cloud-oriented, open-source, and it solves two major computing problems: handling large amounts of data, and writing parallel programs for large numbers of computers. Hadoop clusters can scale up to tens or … Read more
Yahoo's grid-computing team announced that Apache Hadoop broke world records in the annual GraySort contest in the Gray and Minute sorts in the general-purpose (Daytona) category.
Hadoop is the only open-source software to ever win the GraySort competition, adding another notch to last year's win at the Terasort competition, where Hadoop sorted 1 terabyte of data in 209 seconds. That beat the previous record of 297 seconds in the terabyte sort benchmark.Within the rules for the 2009 Gray sort, our 500 GB sort set a new record for the minute sort and the 100 TB sort set … Read more