February 7, 2012

Hadoop-related market categorization

I wasn’t the only one to be dubious about Forrester Research’s Hadoop taxonomy (or lack thereof). GigaOm’s Derrick Harris was as well, and offered a much superior approach of his own. In Derrick’s view, there’s Hadoop, Hadoop distributions, Hadoop management, and Hadoop applications. Taking those out of order, and recalling that no market categorization is ever precise:

Let’s drill down into that last one. Derrick refers to Hadoop distributions as “products” that:

package a set of Hadoop projects (MapReduce, Hive, Sqoop, Pig, etc.) in a way that in theory makes them integrate more naturally, and to run both smoothly and securely.

While that’s a reasonable recitation of the idea’s benefits, I’d rather say that a “distribution” of open source software comprises:

In the case of Hadoop:


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