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.