It’s still early days for Hadoop, but things have changed since some of the engineers who worked on the open source project established Hortonworks two years ago.
For one thing, there’s a sizable and fast-growing marketplace for the software, hardware and applications that run on top of it. According to the research firm IDC, the market for Hadoop and MapReduce software is expected to surpass $800 million in 2016, growing by about 60 percent a year since 2011.
Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy at Hortonworks, says there is a more basic sign of Hadoop’s development: more organizations are moving from asking questions about Hadoop to launching pilot projects.
It’s part of Connolly’s job and Hortonworks’ mission to make that task easier and more accessible for enterprise IT shops.
In this podcast, Connolly discusses how companies typically tackle their first Hadoop project, and how Hortonworks is working to make that challenge of working with Hadoop easier. Connolly explains what he sees as five different types of data that are driving interest in Hadoop and big data analytics applications.
And he discusses Hortonworks’ approach for working with partners, including a new deal with SAP, to make Hadoop work with systems that enterprise IT staffs are already familiar with.