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By on February 28, 2012

Hadoop is unique from other open source projects beyond just its technology.

Hadoop is the first open source technology that created a big market. Unlike past open source successes such as Linux and MySQL that brought low-cost alternatives to existing technology markets, Hadoop has led the creation of the multi-billion dollar big data analytics market. While a number of traditional, commercial software and hardware technologies have tried to address big data analytics, they are limited by high cost, lack of linear scalability and inability to process unstructured and structured data.

Hadoop is revolutionary in the way that analytics are done. So commercial interest has exploded with virtually every large company having an Hadoop project and smaller, innovative social media, gaming and Web 2.0 companies leveraging the scalability and cost effectiveness of Hadoop to break new ground in interaction analytics. Every major hardware vendor has some form of Hadoop offering now to help meet the demand for more computing power and data storage. Even Oracle, who questioned the relevance of NoSQL databases over the last several years, announced an Hadoop offering a few weeks back.

This week, Datameer and Microsoft announce their partnership to bring Datameer’s end-user BI platform to Microsoft’s new Azure-based Hadoop offering. We are excited about this partnership for three reasons. First, Microsoft’s embrace of Hadoop as a key analytics platform expands the Hadoop eco-system in a big way. Second, Microsoft made the spreadsheet the industry standard interface for basic number crunching with over 500,000,000 Excel users. And third, given the success of the spreadsheet user interface for both Microsoft and Datameer, this partnership is a perfect match to bring Hadoop-based spreadsheet analytics to every business user.

We welcome Microsoft to the Hadoop community and look forward to working with them and our joint customers to connect people to the world’s data.

Stefan Groschupf


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Stefan Groschupf

Stefan Groschupf

Stefan Groschupf is a big data veteran and serial entrepreneur with strong roots in the open source community. He was one of the very few early contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun out Hadoop, which 10 years later, is considered a 20 billion dollar business. Open source technologies designed and coded by Stefan can be found running in all 20 of the Fortune 20 companies in the world, and innovative open source technologies like Kafka, Storm, Katta and Spark, all rely on technology Stefan designed more than a half decade ago. In 2003, Groschupf was named one of the most innovative Germans under 30 by Stern Magazine. In 2013, Fast Company named Datameer, one of the most innovative companies in the world. Stefan is currently CEO and Chairman of Datameer, the company he co-founded in 2009 after several years of architecting and implementing distributed big data analytic systems for companies like Apple, EMI Music, Hoffmann La Roche, AT&T, the European Union, and others. After two years in the market, Datameer was commercially deployed in more than 30 percent of the Fortune 20. Stefan is a frequent conference speaker, contributor to industry publications and books, holds patents and is advising a set of startups on product, scale and operations. If not working, Stefan is backpacking, sea kayaking, kite boarding or mountain biking. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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