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Hadoop In The Cloud: New ecosystem of Cloudera partners provides even more options for your Big Data architecture

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Big_Data-310x224You have always been able to use Cloudera in the Cloud. We have written about that in the past and shown ways for any user to rapidly stand up Hadoop clusters in Amazon or Rackspace or other provider systems in smart ways and then spin them down when they are no longer needed.  We have all also watched as the open source community has enhanced the ability to manage clusters in the cloud with new Hadoop-related projects.  But the enterprise CTO usually longs for something else. CTOs, CIOs and CISOs like cloud solutions that are well supported, tested, reliable and groomed for optimal and economic performance. This requires professional deployment by teams with a reputation for getting it right . If you are an enterprise technologist who will you turn to for this service? I would recommend starting with a firm that is serious enough to be in the Cloudera Connect Cloud Program. For more details on this program see the Cloudera press release below:

 

 

Cloudera Expands Partner Ecosystem to Bring Hadoop to the Cloud

 

Cloudera Connect: Cloud Program Will Speed New Innovation Through Strategic Partnerships with Industry Leading Cloud Solution Providers

 

PALO ALTO, CA and NEW YORK, NY – October 28, 2013 – From the Strata + Hadoop World Conference in New York City:Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered byApache Hadoop™, today unveiled Cloudera Connect: Cloud, an expanded Cloudera Connect Partner Program to support deployment of Hadoop in public cloud environments. Leading cloud solution providers who have already joined the program, include: Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Savvis (a CenturyLink company), SoftLayer (an IBM company) and T-Systems.

 

Introducing Cloudera Connect: Cloud

As Hadoop adoption evolves, so too do the requirements organizations have for big data solutions. Enterprises continue to embrace the flexibility and accessibility of the cloud for mission-critical applications, and companies are now looking to combine the benefits of the cloud with the data processing and analytic power of the Apache Hadoop platform, which traditionally has been deployed on localized hardware. To begin integrating all the capabilities of Hadoop into the cloud, Cloudera has expanded its partner program to include a new cloud services and solution provider division, called Cloudera Connect: Cloud.

“The cloud will play a significant role in the future of the enterprise, and Cloudera and Hadoop are part of that future,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, Corporate and Business Development, Cloudera. “We remain committed to solving higher order big data problems for our customers that will enable them to ask bigger questions and derive more sophisticated insights from their data — wherever it lives — from a single, unified enterprise data management platform. Cloudera’s richly diverse partner ecosystem is helping to provide the innovation and variety that our customers require to solve all of their data challenges.”

The new program is designed to meet the growing needs of customer organizations looking to optimize Hadoop deployments in cloud environments, by offering the utmost flexibility in deployment, consumption and choice of vendor for their big data deployments. Bolstered by its integration with a strong ecosystem of leading cloud solution providers, Cloudera will now offer a wide array of partner solutions to support unified data management and analytics in cloud-based environments. Charter members of the Cloudera Connect: Cloud program include:

  • Verizon Enterprise Solutions
  • Savvis (a CenturyLink company)
  • SoftLayer (an IBM company)
  • T-Systems

 

“For Hadoop to transition into the mainstream, enterprises need to have the flexibility and freedom to utilize the underlying infrastructure that best suits their specific needs, rather than having their data management solution provider be the gatekeeper of an on-premises versus cloud decision,” said Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer at Cloudera. “To that end, Cloudera is investing in strategic partnerships with companies that can help to build out cloud-specific feature sets, and we are working with multiple cloud vendors to offer a variety of choices to our customers, enabling them to customize a Hadoop-on-cloud deployment that is ideal for their unique environment.”

In addition to the Cloudera Connect: Cloud program, Cloudera will provide support for customer deployments in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in the near future, and also private cloud deployments through OpenStack and VMware. The company’s long-term vision is to embrace a hybrid model, where the Cloudera stack can operate transparently between on-premises, private cloud and public cloud deployments. By bringing together a diverse partner ecosystem, with a plan to roll out comprehensive support for Hadoop in the cloud, Cloudera is helping customers bring Hadoop to more enterprise users and applications. Cloudera Enterprise continues to be the industry standard for next-generation enterprise data management and analytics, wherever data and workloads live.

Charter Member Support for Cloudera Connect: Cloud

Verizon Enterprise Solutions – “Verizon created the enterprise cloud and with our recently announced next generation cloud offering – Verizon Cloud – we are creating the foundation on which other, enterprise-class cloud services can be deployed. This ecosystem of enterprise cloud technologies enhances clients’ overall business functions with unprecedented control of performance. Cloudera is a perfect match for our environment, both in terms of the proven enterprise capabilities the Cloudera platform delivers and the demanding enterprise customer base they serve.”

–John Harrobin, chief marketing officer

Savvis, a CenturyLink company – “Enterprises need trusted, high-powered computing solutions to unlock the value that big data solutions offer. To realize these capabilities, the industry must commit to delivering highly reliable, scalable and secure platforms that seamlessly work together. Savvis and Cloudera’s collaboration enables organizations to meet their diverse information management and big data requirements through a flexible, fully managed solution.”

– Steve Garrou, vice president, global solutions management

Softlayer, an IBM company - “Through our partnership with Cloudera, we’re giving enterprises the performance and flexibility to tackle the toughest workloads on the cloud in a way that works best for them. By running Cloudera 5 on our robust cloud infrastructure, users now have a solid foundation to build a true data hub.”

– Marc Jones, vice president, product innovation

T-Systems – “Big data hub solutions delivered as a cloud service offer enterprises flexibility and scalability for managing business-critical data, we are pleased to be partnering with Cloudera to bring these cloud-based big data hub solutions to market.”

– Christian Wirth, VP of Big Data

To learn more about the Cloudera Connect: Cloud program and charter partners, visit http://cloudera.com/content/cloudera/en/new/cloudera-connect-cloud.html. To learn more about Cloudera’s Platform for Big Data, visit http://www.cloudera.com/content/cloudera/en/products.html.

 

About Cloudera

Founded in 2008, Cloudera pioneered the business case for Hadoop with CDH, the world’s most comprehensive, thoroughly tested and widely deployed 100% open source distribution of Apache Hadoop in both commercial and non-commercial environments. Now, the company is redefining data management with its Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, empowering enterprises to Ask Bigger Questions™ and gain rich, actionable insights from all their data, to quickly and easily derive real business value that translates into competitive advantage. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and leading educator of data professionals with the broadest array of Hadoop training and certification programs, Cloudera also offers comprehensive consulting services. Over 700 partners across hardware, software and services have teamed with Cloudera to help meet organizations’ big data goals. With tens of thousands of nodes under management and hundreds of customers across diverse markets, Cloudera is the category leader that has set the standard for Hadoop in the enterprise.www.cloudera.com

 

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.