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Gartner names Cloudera a 'Visionary'

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 11 Mar 2016
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Cloudera has been named a Visionary in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant report for data warehouse data management solutions for analytics.

Cloudera is a global provider of the secure data management and analytics platform built on Apache Hadoop and the latest open source technologies.

According to the company, the enterprise data warehouse (EDW) has long been labelled the ‘lifeblood’ of organisational analytics - in some cases fuelling entire businesses. This model proved adequate for many years until the rise of a web-driven digital culture put increased demands on data collection and distributed analysis.

As some organisations struggled to scale to meet the demands of more data for business decision making, others saw the need to complement their existing data warehouse infrastructure with Hadoop-based technologies that enable them to address challenges that demand more than a traditional EDW alone, Cloudera says.

Built with Apache Hadoop at its core, Cloudera Enterprise is a scalable data platform with the ability to run a variety of workloads - batch processing, interactive SQL, enterprise search, advanced analytics - together with security, governance, data protection and management, according to the company.

According to Gartner, “Organisations now require data management solutions for analytics that are capable of managing and processing internal and external data of diverse types in diverse formats, in combination with data from traditional internal sources. Data may even include interaction and observational data - from Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, for example.

“This requirement is placing new demands on software in this market as customers are looking for features and functions that represent a significant augmentation of existing enterprise data warehouse strategies.”

Additionally, the report says, “This market remains, [therefore,] in a state of significant flux. Disruption to this market is likely to continue throughout 2016 and into 2017, which will erode the installed bases of the large traditional vendors.

“When such disruption occurs, the entire market usually moves away from a single mature trajectory and splits in two in terms of vision and execution. The result is that over the next two years, until the end of 2017, this market is likely to be much more volatile, with changes in leadership a possibility.

“Vendors are continuing to innovate and support new the use cases demanded by the IoT and digital business. For these, timeliness of access and analysis of data becomes more important than the volume and variety aspects of big data.”

In the ten years since Hadoop was created, Hadoop and the market it serves has matured. In fact, last year has been one of rapid product innovation and community partnership for Cloudera. Developments that aim to address the needs of a next-generation enterprise analytics environment included product advancements and new open source projects like RecordService, Apache Kudu (incubating), and Cloudera Navigator Optimiser - all recent projects that address large scale analytic database functionality.

Cloudera donated Kudu and Apache Impala (incubating) to the Apache Software Foundation in order that others could benefit and contribute to the direction and improvements of the technology.

“The mass of software that we mean when we talk about Hadoop today has little in common with the code that Yahoo! rolled into production in 2006. New projects have emerged in the last ten years to broaden its utility but one thing won’t change in the near future - there’s going to be a lot of data,” says Mike Olson, Clouders founder, chairman of the board and chief strategy officer.

“We believe that our position in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Data Management Solutions validates our ability to innovate and provide our customers with the technology and support that they need to manage their data. Hadoop is a key part of the visionary roadmap and it’s clear that the demands of big data are steering the future of EDW solutions,” he says.

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