On December 17, Teradata announced the finalization of the acquisition of RainStor, a big data archiving company that specializes in archival solutions for Hadoop. The acquisition of RainStor gives Teradata ownership of RainStor’s technology for compressing and freezing Hadoop datastores for archival purposes. RainStor’s archival technology empowers companies to compress and store Hadoop data as Hadoop-based datasets proliferate throughout the enterprise in conjunction with the larger transition to data-driven operational and strategic analytics. The acquisition represents Teradata’s fourth major acquisition this year following upon the purchase of Revelytix, Hadapt and Think Big Analytics. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed although most of RainStor employees will remain in their pre-acquisition locations in San Francisco and Gloucester. The acquisition strengthens Teradata’s Hadoop solutions by augmenting its ability to provide customers with enterprise-wide data archival capabilities.
Teradata today announced a partnership with enterprise Hadoop vendor Cloudera marked by the optimization of the integration between Teradata’s integrated data warehouse and Cloudera’s enterprise data hub. The collaboration between Teradata and Cloudera streamlines access to multiple data sources by means of the Teradata Unified Data Architecture (UDA). As a result of the integration, the Teradata Unified Data Architecture can access data from the Cloudera enterprise data hub by way of a unified Big Data infrastructure that has the capacity to perform data operations and analytics on massive, heterogeneous datasets featuring structured and unstructured data. As part of today’s announcement, Teradata also revealed details of Cloudera-certified connectors that can integrate with Apache Hadoop. Other components of the UDA that interface with Cloudera’s enterprise data hub include the Teradata QueryGrid, which allows users to pose analytical questions of data in both Teradata’s integrated data warehouse and the Cloudera enterprise data hub, in addition to the Teradata Loom, which enables tracking, exploration, cleansing and transformation of Hadoop files. Today’s announcement of the integration between Teradata’s integrated data warehouse and Cloudera’s enterprise data hub signals an important development in the Big Data space insofar because the alignment of the product roadmaps of the two vendors promises to position Teradata strongly via-a-via the development of Big data analytics and processing functionality. On Cloudera’s side, the partnership renders its enterprise data hub even more compatible with one of the industry’s most respected Big Data analytic platforms and prefigures the inking of even more partnerships between Hadoop and Big Data management vendors as a means of continuing to foster deeper hardware and software integration in the Hadoop management space.
Teradata continued its spending spree by acquiring the Mountain View, CA-based Hadoop consulting firm Think Big Analytics on Wednesday. The acquisition of Think Big Analytics will supplement Teradata’s own consulting practice. Think Big Data Analytics, which has roughly 100 employees, specializes in agile SDLC methodologies for Hadoop consulting engagements that typically last more than a month but less than a quarter of a year. According to Teradata Vice President of Product and Services Marketing Chris Twogood, Teradata has “now worked on enough projects that it’s been able to build reusable assets” as reported in PCWorld. Think Big Analytics will retain its branding and its management team will remain at the company’s Mountain View office. Teradata’s acquisition of Think Big Analytics comes roughly two months after its purchase of Revelytix and Hadapt. Revelytix provides a management framework for metadata on Hadoop whereas Hadapt’s technology empowers SQL developers to manipulate and analyze Hadoop-based data. Teradata’s third Big Data acquisition in less than two months comes at a moment when the Big Data space is exploding with a proliferation of vendors that differentially tackle the problem of data discovery, exploration, analysis and visualization with respect to Hadoop-based data. The question now is whether the industry will experience early market consolidation as evinced by startups snapped up by larger vendors or whether the innovation that startups provide will be able to survive a land grab in the Big Data space initiated by larger, well capitalized companies seeking to complement their Big Data portfolio with newly minted Big Data products and technologies. Terms of Teradata’s acquisition of Think Big Analytics were not disclosed.
If 2011 was the year of Cloud Computing, then 2012 will surely be the year of Big Data. Big Data has yet to arrive in the way cloud computing has, but the framework for its widespread deployment as a commodity emerged with style and unmistakable promise. For the first time, Hadoop and NoSQL gained currency not only within the developer community, but also amongst bloggers and analysts. More importantly, Big Data garnered for itself a certain status and meaning in the technology community even though few people asked about the meaning of big in “Big Data” in a landscape where the circle around the meaning of “big” with respect to “data” is constantly being redrawn. Even though yesterday’s “big” in Big Data morphed into today’s “small” as consumer personal storage transitions from gigabytes to terabytes, the term “Big Data” emerged as a term that everyone almost instantly understood. It was as if consumers and enterprises alike had been searching for years for a long lost term to describe the explosion of data as evinced by web searches, web content, Facebook and Twitter feeds, photographs, log files and miscellaneous structured and unstructured content. Having been speechless, lacking the vocabulary to find the term for the data explosion, the world suddenly embraced the term Big Data with passion.
Below are some of the highlights of 2011 with respect to big data:
•Teradata finalized a deal to acquire Big Data player Aster Data Systems for $263 million.
•Yahoo revealed plans to create Hortonworks, a spin-off dedicated to the commercialization of Apache Hadoop.
•Teradata announced the Teradata Aster MapReduce Platform that combines SQL with MapReduce. The Teradata Aster MapReduce Platform empowers business analysts who know SQL to leverage the power of MapReduce without having to write scripted queries in Java, Python, Perl or C.
•Oracle announced plans to launch a Big Data appliance featuring Apache Hadoop, Oracle NoSQL Database Enterprise Edition and an open source distribution of R. The company’s announcement of its plans to leverage a NoSQL database represented an abrupt about face of an earlier Oracle position that discredited the significance of NoSQL.
•Microsoft revealed plans for a Big Data appliance featuring Hadoop for Windows Server and Azure, and Hadoop connectors for SQL Server and SQL Parallel Data Warehouse. Microsoft revealed a strategic partnership with Yahoo spinoff Hortonworks to integrate Hadoop with Windows Server and Windows Azure. Microsoft’s decision not to leverage NoSQL and use instead a Windows based version of Hadoop for SQL Server 2012 constituted the key difference between Microsoft and Oracle’s Big Data platforms.
•IBM announced the release of IBM Infosphere BigInsights application for analyzing “Big Data.” The SmartCloud release of IBM’s BigInsights application means that IBM beat competitors Oracle and Microsoft in the race to deploy an enterprise grade, cloud based Big Data analytics platform.
•Christophe Bisciglia, founder of Cloudera, the commercial distributor of Apache Hadoop, launched a startup called Odiago that features a Big Data product named WibiData. WibiData manages investigative and operational analytics on “consumer internet data” such as website traffic on traditional and mobile computing devices.
•Cloudera announced a partnership with NetApp, the storage and data management vendor. The partnership revealed the release of the NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, a preconfigured Hadoop cluster that combines Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Enterprise with NetApp’s RAID architecture.
•Big Data player Karmasphere announced plans to join the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program today. The partnership enables Karmasphere to offer its Big Data intelligence product Karmasphere Analytics on the Apache Hadoop software infrastructure that undergirds the Hortonworks Data Platform.
•Informatica released the world’s first Hadoop parser. Informatica HParser operates on virtually all versions of Apache Hadoop and specializes in transforming unstructured data into a structured format within a Hadoop installation.
•MarkLogic announced support for Hadoop, the Apache open source software framework for analyzing Big Data with the release of MarkLogic 5.
•HP provided details of Autonomy IDOL (Integrated Data Operating Layer) 10, a Next Generation Information Platform that integrates two of its 2011 acquisitions, Vertica and Autonomy. Autonomy IDOL 10 features Autonomy’s capabilities for processing unstructured data, Vertica’s ability to rapidly process large-scale structured data sets, a NoSQL interface for loading and analyzing structured and unstructured data and solutions dedicated to the Data, Social Media, Risk Management, Cloud and Mobility verticals.
•EMC announced the release of its Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform (UAP). The EMC Greenplum UAP contains the The EMC Greenplum platform for the analysis of structured data, enterprise-grade Hadoop for analyzing structured and unstructured data and EMC Greenplum Chorus, a collaboration and productivity software tool that enables social networking amongst constituents in an organization that are leveraging Big Data.
The widespread adoption of Hadoop punctuated the Big Data story of the year so far. Hadoop featured in almost every Big Data story of the year, from Oracle to Microsoft to HP and EMC, while NoSQL came in a close second. Going into 2012, one of the key questions for the Big Data space concerns the ability of OpenStack to support Hadoop, NoSQL, MapReduce and other Big Data technologies. The other key question for Big Data hinges on the user friendliness of Big Data applications for business analysts in addition to programmers. EMC’s Greenplum Chorus, for example, democratizes access to its platform via a user interface that promotes collaboration amongst multiple constituents in an organization by transforming questions into structured queries. Similarly, the Teradata Aster MapReduce Platform allows business analysts to make use of its MapReduce technology by using SQL. That said, as Hadoop becomes more and more mainstream, the tech startup and data intensive spaces are likely to witness a greater number of data analysts trained in Apache Hadoop in conjunction with efforts by vendors to render Hadoop more accessible to programmers and non-programmers alike.