Top 6 Hadoop Vendors providing Big Data Solutions in Open Data Platform

Top 6 Hadoop Vendors providing Big Data Solutions in Open Data Platform

Latest Update made on November 24, 2016. 

With the demand for big data technologies expanding rapidly, Apache Hadoop is at the heart of the big data revolution. It is labelled as the next generation platform for data processing because of its low cost and ultimate scalable data processing capabilities. The open source framework hadoop is somewhat immature and big data analytics companies are now eyeing on Hadoop vendors- a growing community that delivers robust capabilities, tools and innovations for improvised commercial hadoop big data solutions. Here are top 6 big data analytics vendors that are serving Hadoop needs of various big data companies by providing commercial support.

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Marcus Collins, a Research Analyst at Gartner said “Big data analytics and the Apache Hadoop open source project are rapidly emerging as the preferred Big Data solutions to address business and technology trends that are disrupting traditional data management and processing.”


Hadoop Market Share

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Allied Market Research predicts that the “Hadoop-as-a-Service” market will grow to $50.2 billion by 2020. The Global Hadoop Market is anticipated to reach $8.74 billion by 2016, growing at a CAGR of 55.63 % from 2012–2016. Wikibon’s latest market analysis states that- spending on  Hadoop software and subscriptions accounted for less than 1% of $27.4 billion or approximately $187 million in 2014 in overall Big Data spending. Wikibon predicts that the spending on Hadoop software and subscriptions will increase to approximately $677 million by the end of 2017, with overall big data market anticipated to reach the $50 billion mark.

Big data analytics market share

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Big Data and Hadoop are on the verge of revolutionizing enterprise data management architectures. Cloud and enterprise vendors are competing to venture a claim in the big data ‘gold-rush market’ with pure plays of several top Hadoop Vendors. Apache Hadoop is an open source big data technology with HDFS, Hadoop Common, Hadoop MapReduce and Hadoop YARN as the core components .However, without the packaged solutions and support of commercial Hadoop vendors, Hadoop distributions can just go unnoticed.

Need for Commercial Hadoop Vendors

Today, Hadoop is an open-source, catch-all technology solution with incredible scalability, low cost storage systems and fast paced big data analytics with economical server costs.

Hadoop Vendor distributions overcome the drawbacks and issues with the open source edition of Hadoop. These distributions have added functionalities that focus on:

  • Support:

Most of the Hadoop vendors provide technical guidance and assistance that makes it easy for customers to adopt Hadoop for enterprise level tasks and mission critical applications.

  • Reliability:

Hadoop vendors promptly act in response whenever a bug is detected. With the intent to make commercial solutions more stable, patches and fixes are deployed immediately.

  • Completeness:

Hadoop vendors couple their distributions with various other add-on tools which help customers customize the Hadoop application to address their specific tasks.

Top Commercial Hadoop Vendors

Here is a list of top Hadoop Vendors who will play a key role in big data market growth for the coming years-

1) Amazon Elastic MapReduce

2) Cloudera CDH Hadoop Distribution

3) Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP)

4) MapR Hadoop Distribution

5) IBM Open Platform

6) Microsoft Azure's HDInsight -Cloud based Hadoop Distrbution

7) Pivotal Big Data Suite

8) Datameer Professional

9) Datastax Enterprise Analytics

10) Dell- Cloudera Apache Hadoop Solution.

Disclaimer : This list of hadoop vendors is not categorized based on the order of popularity.

Commercial leading hadoop distributions in the market

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1) Amazon Web Services Elastic MapReduce Hadoop Distribution

The Amazon Hadoop Vendor has been there since the dawn of Hadoop, and Hadoopers boast of its success stories for the innovative Hadoop distributions in the open data platform. AWS Elastic MapReduce renders an easy to use and well organized data analytics platform built on the powerful HDFS architecture. With major focus on map/reduce queries, AWS EMR exploits Hadoop tools to a great extent by providing a high scale and secure infrastructure platform to its users. Amazon Web Services EMR is among one of the top commercial Hadoop distributions with the highest market share leading the global market.

AWS EMR handles important big data uses like web indexing, scientific simulation, log analysis, bioinformatics, machine learning, financial analysis and data warehousing. AWS EMR is the best choice for organizations who do not want to manage thousands of servers directly - as they can rent out this cloud ready infrastructure of Amazon for big data analysis.

DynamoDB is another major  NoSQL database offering by AWS Hadoop Vendor that was deployed to run its giant consumer website. Redshift is a completely managed petabyte scale data analytics solution that is cost effective in big data analysis with BI tools. Redshift has costs as low as $1000 per terabyte annually. According to Forrester, Amazon is the “King of the Cloud” - for companies in need of public cloud hosted Hadoop platforms for big data management services.

The latest reports disclose that, the operating income of AWS division is higher than its core business in North America - which is  $604 million, compared to the $588 million income of the business in North America.

The scorecard shows, Amazon web services revenue was up to $2.57 billion — ahead of the $2.53 billion that analysts were expecting. That’s up from $1.57 billion in the same quarter a year ago, a jump of about 64%. 

2) Hortonworks Hadoop Distribution

Hortonworks Hadoop vendor, features in the list of Top 100 winners of “Red Herring”. Hortonworks is a pure play Hadoop company that drives open source Hadoop distributions in the IT market. The main goal of Hortonworks is to drive all its innovations through the Hadoop open data platform and build an ecosystem of partners that speeds up the process of Hadoop adoption amongst enterprises.

Principal Analyst of Forrester, Mike Gualtieri said "Where the open source community isn't moving fast enough, Hortonworks will start new projects and commit Hortonworks resources to get them off the ground."

Apache Ambari is an example of Hadoop cluster management console developed by Hortonworks Hadoop vendor for provision, managing and monitoring Hadoop clusters. The Hortonworks Hadoop vendor is reported to attract 60 new customers every quarter with some giant accounts like Samsung, Spotify, Bloomberg and eBay. Hortonworks has garnered strong engineering partnerships with RedHat, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata.

Hortonworks has grown its revenue at a rapid pace. The revenue generated by Hortonworks totaled $33.38 million in first nine months of 2013 which was a significant increase by 109.5% from the previous year. However, the professional services revenue generated by Hortonworks Hadoop vendor increases at a faster pace when compared to support and subscription services revenue.

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3) Cloudera Hadoop Distribution

Cloudera Hadoop Vendor ranks top in the big data vendors list for making Hadoop a reliable platform for business use since 2008.Cloudera, founded by a group of engineers from Yahoo, Google and Facebook - is focused on providing enterprise ready solutions of Hadoop with additional customer support and training. Cloudera Hadoop vendor has close to 350 paying customers including the U.S Army, AllState and Monsanto. Some of them boast of deploying 1000 nodes on a Hadoop cluster to crunch big data analytics for one petabyte of data. Cloudera owes its long term success to corporate partners - Oracle, IBM, HP, NetApp and MongoDB that have been consistently pushing its services.

Cloudera Hadoop vendor is just on the right path towards its goal with 53% of the Hadoop market when compared to 11% of Hadoop Market possessed by MapR and 16% by Hortonworks Hadoop vendors. Forrester says “Cloudera’s approach to innovation is to be loyal to core Hadoop but to innovate quickly and aggressively to meet customer demands and differentiate its solution from those of other commercial Hadoop vendors.”




4) MapR Hadoop Distribution

MapR has been recognized extensively for its advanced distributions in Hadoop marking a place in the Gartner report “Cool Vendors in Information Infrastructure and Big Data, 2012.” MapR has scored the top place for its Hadoop distributions amongst all other vendors.

MapR has made considerable investments to get over the obstacles to worldwide adoption of Hadoop which include enterprise grade reliability, data protection, integrating Hadoop into existing environments with ease and infrastructure to render support for real time operations.

In 2015, MapR plans to make further investments to maintain its significance in the Big Data vendors list. Apart from this MapR is all set to announce its technical innovations for Hadoop with the intent of supporting ‘business-as-it-happens’- to increase revenue, mitigate risks and reduce costs.

The below image illustrates comparison of the top 3 Hadoop vendors that will play a deciding role to make a better choice.

Top Hadoop Vendors

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5) IBM Infosphere BigInsights Hadoop Distribution

IBM Infosphere BigInsights is an industry standard IBM Hadoop distribution that combines Hadoop with enterprise grade characteristics.IBM provides BigSheets and BigInsights as a service via its Smartcloud Enterprise Infrastructure .With IBM Hadoop distributions users can easily set up and move data to Hadoop clusters in no more than 30 minutes with data processing rate of 60 cents per Hadoop cluster, per hour. With IBM BigInsights innovation, customers can get to market at a rapid pace with their applications that incorporate advanced Big Data analytics by harnessing the power of Hadoop.

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6) Microsoft  Azure's HDInsight Cloud based Hadoop Distribution

Forrester rates Microsoft Hadoop Distribution as 4/5- based on the Big Data Vendor’s current Hadoop Distributions, market presence and strategy - with Cloudera and Hortonworks scoring 5/5

Microsoft is an IT organization not known for embracing open source software solutions, but it has made efforts to run this open data platform software on Windows. Hadoop as a service offering by Microsoft’s big data solution is best leveraged through its public cloud product -Windows Azure’s HDInsight particularly developed to run on Azure. There is another production ready feature of Microsoft named Polybase that lets the users search for information available on SQL Server during the execution of Hadoop queries. Microsoft has great significance in delivering a growing Hadoop Stack to its customers.Microsoft Azure’s HDInsight is public-cloud only based product and customers can not run on their own hardware with this.

According to analyst Mike Gualtieri at Forrester: “Hadoop’s momentum is unstoppable as its open source roots grow wildly into enterprises. Its refreshingly unique approach to data management is transforming how companies store, process, analyze, and share big data”.

Commercial Hadoop Vendors continue to mature overtime with increased worldwide adoption of Big Data technologies and growing vendor revenue. There are several top Hadoop vendors namely Hortonworks, Cloudera, Microsoft and IBM. These Hadoop vendors are facing a tough competition in the open data platform. With the war heating up amongst big data vendors, nobody is sure as to who will top the list of commercial Hadoop vendors. With Hadoop buying cycle on the upswing,  Hadoop vendors must capture the market share at a rapid pace to make the venture investors happy.

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