How does Cloudera and Hortonworks merger signify the obituary of Hadoop?

Apr 3, 2021 | Blog

About Yogesh Kulkarni

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ellicium

How does Cloudera and Hortonworks merger signify the obituary of Hadoop?

Cloudera and Hortonworks have decided to unite. They seem to have realized that it is better to synergize rather than compete. This is in line with the trends in the corporate world over the last few years. Technology companies Dell and EMC decided to work together in 2015. Recently, the Telecom giants in India – Vodafone and Idea decided to merge to form a combined entity. A lot of thought goes into the decision before companies decide to merge. Something similar must have happened between Cloudera and Hortonworks.

However, there has been a hue and cry from a few sections about the Cloudera-Hortonworks merger and has led to several speculations. One of them is that the merger is Hadoop’s Obituary!

This cannot be further from the truth. Why is it so –

1) Is there a strong equivalent?

Hadoop is one of the most popular frameworks for Big Data and widely accepted and used by the industry. Unless a more powerful framework is available which can effectively compete and gain an equivalent recognition which Hadoop has, it is difficult to do away with Hadoop.

2) Flexibility

Hadoop can be implemented in several ways

  • Cloud – Those with low appetite for owning infrastructure, prefer the cloud
  • On-premise – Those working in areas which are regulated or where the data is highly secretive, prefer having their own infrastructure – either owned or something like a private cloud.

However, going the cloud way does not signify the end of Hadoop as a few people like to believe. It only shows the flexibility which Hadoop offers. Besides, Cloudera and Hortonworks have made it so easy for any organization to adopt Hadoop.

3) Fast evolution

Just like any other popular and fast-emerging technology, Hadoop is bound to undergo changes. e.g. those using MapReduce for processing till a few years ago are switching to Spark. The same is to happen with other areas of Hadoop. This just shows the inherent healthy evolutionary nature of the technology. After all, why would people invest in evolving a technology (read Hadoop) which is supposedly on the “deathbed” (as some people would like to believe)!

4) Are we comparing apples to oranges?

An example given by people wanting to write the obituary of Hadoop, is how cloud options for processing data are the better options. Going the cloud way is indeed sensible. Also, using Hadoop-as-a-service or an equivalent is bound to be better as an option in a few cases (though not all). However, how does that signify the end of Hadoop?

Having been a part of the Big Data world for the last several years, I have not only used Hadoop but also closely watched it grow. What I see as the future about the merger is as follows –

  • Clients get the best of both products

Both Cloudera and Hortonworks have acknowledged that they complement each other well. The combined entity will be able to provide superior end-to-end data management (courtesy Hortonworks) as well as Datawarehousing and machine learning (courtesy Cloudera). Clients will not need to choose between Cloudera or Hortonworks but get the best of both offerings. This is especially important for those who have made significant investments in either of the products.

  • Effective Cloud and SaaS offerings

I won’t surprised if the combined entity comes up with a strong cloud offering to combat the likes of Google and Amazon. They have their own individual partial offerings in the cloud e.g. Cloudera Altus. They bound to strengthen it further. Offering a better Hadoop-as-a-service offering will also be the next step in this journey.

As I mentioned before, this merger is rather going to make it easy to adopt Hadoop. To conclude, Hadoop is here to stay.  I look forward to your comments and views! Please comment on the above or share your views with me at “”

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