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Hadoop Evolves to Face New Challenges

Published: 11 December 2013

ID: G00257909

Analyst(s): Nick Heudecker , Merv Adrian


Version 2.x of Apache Hadoop enables greater scalability and availability and expands beyond its batch processing roots to encompass new workloads and processing styles. These changes offer new opportunities for information managers, but complicate support models and the vendor selection process.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Addressing Storage, Scalability and Availability
  • Moving Beyond MapReduce with YARN
  • Progress of Related Apache Projects and Third-Party Vendor Entry Help Launch the BYOH (Bring Your Own Hadoop) Era

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Improvements allow handling larger, more complex projects and consolidation of disparate clusters, resulting in possible cost savings
  • Multiple applications are now supported in a single Hadoop cluster, but introduce vendor and workload management questions
  • Additional Hadoop 2.x-related Apache projects and third-party offerings will enable more business uses, but create architectural complexity and vendor management challenges

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