Hitting the Reset Button on Hadoop

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Hadoop has seen better days. The recent struggles of Cloudera and MapR – the two remaining independent distributors of Hadoop software — are proof of that. After years of failing to meet expectations, some customers are calling it quits on Hadoop and moving on. But others in the industry think Hadoop will survive into the next decade, albeit with lower expectations.

Hadoop began over a decade ago as Nutch, a distributed search engine developed by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella that eventually was put into service at Yahoo. Running on a network of X86 servers equipped with hard drives, Hadoop disrupted the math on storage and helped usher in the big data era and brought parallel computing into the mainstream.

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