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Hadoop Makes Sense of Lots of Data

Jun 29, 2010, 16:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Drew Robb)

[ Thanks to Paul Shread for this link. ]

"Hadoop is an open-source software framework that facilitates the storage and analysis of large volumes of data. Managed by the Apache Software Foundation, Hadoop boasts a list of contributors that reads like a who's who of high-tech luminaries. Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Amazon are some of its pioneering users.

"So what's all the fuss about? For one thing, it operates on commodity hardware. Instead of having to buy pricey storage arrays from the likes of EMC, those with large quantities of data can deploy it on cheap x86 servers.

""In striving to store petabytes of data, Hadoop favors storage vendors that produce relatively small, cheap storage devices, not the large-scale data storage vendors," said James Dixon, Chief Geek at Pentaho, an open-source BI vendor that supports Hadoop."

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