February 27, 2013

Hadoop distributions

Elephants! Elephants!
One elephant went out to play
Sat on a spider’s web one day.
They had such enormous fun
Called for another elephant to come.

Elephants! Elephants!
Two elephants went out to play
Sat on a spider’s web one day.
They had such enormous fun
Called for another elephant to come.

Elephants! Elephants!
Three elephants went out to play

—  Popular children’s song

It’s Strata week, with much Hadoop news, some of which I’ve been briefed on and some of which I haven’t. Rather than delve into fine competitive details, let’s step back and consider some generalities. First, about Hadoop distributions and distro providers:

Most of the same observations could apply to Hadoop appliance vendors.

Besides code, Hadoop distribution providers commonly offer support. The Hadoop support situation is confused, largely because:

That said:

And finally, reasons that come to mind for choosing particular distributions include:


5 Responses to “Hadoop distributions”

  1. Open source strategies | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on March 1st, 2013 5:53 am

    […] “mainly just support” — as per my recent post on Hadoop distributions, almost everybody offers SOMETHING […]

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    […] many recent Hadoop distributions and technologies, Pivotal HD integrates with SQL to facilitate its maximal usage by developers and […]

  3. Mark Stacey on March 14th, 2013 2:33 pm

    I don’t have a link, but the Hortonworks windows code for Hadoop was just added to the Apache Hadoop trunk. Making it true Hadoop again

  4. Hadoop: And then there were three | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on February 18th, 2015 9:49 pm

    […] take on Hadoop distributions two years ago might offer context. Trivia question: What’s the connection between the song that begins that […]

  5. Tom Palmer on February 19th, 2015 1:56 pm

    “Five elephants went out one day,
    Upon a spiders web to play,
    They had such tremendous fun,
    But the web it broke and they all fell down”


    “Five little elephants went out to play,
    Upon a spider’s web one day.
    The web went creak, the web went crack,
    And five little elephants came running back”

    Lots of entrants into the Hadoop space, having tremendous fun. But the web could not support all of the players and they all fell down. Well, not exactly all. Still have Cloudera, MapR and the Consortium all still having fun.

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