No SQL squabble

Cloudera and MongoDB form alliance to fight big data confusion

Lucy Carey

Hadoop and NoSQL big guns announce mutually beneficial agreement to co-market and co-sell their software, ticking relational providers off in the process.

respective arch-behemoths in the Hadoop and NoSQL worlds, it’s both
a  logical and confident step for Clouder and MongoDB
to join
. The two big data leaders announced
yesterday that, in a mutually-beneficial move, they would be
deepening their alliance to co-market and co-sell their software in
a simple MongoDB for database opps, Cloudera for analytics

Cloudera’s Hadoopy enterprise data hub will be pitched
as an analytical platform, whilst MongoDB will be marketed as an
operational database for high-scale applications. At present,
MongoDB and Cloudera share bi-directional data connectors, but
right now the companies are in the process of establishing deeper
integration where “live, operational data with MongoDB can be
snapshotted into Cloudera’s data hub in parallel for analysis.” All
of this will run on top of YARN (Yet Another Resource
Negotiator), a resource manager which went live with Hadoop

The move comes as part of an overarching effort
among NoSQL providers to educate the market on best use cases
for the technology amidst, as MogoDB’s press release puts it, a
“dizzying array of new data infrastructure

Speaking to
, Matt Asay, MongoDB’s VP of
marketing, business development and corporate strategy, explained
that, following a talk at Strata Conference about a joint
MongoDB-Hadoop venture, he was besieged by people who believed
MongoDB and Hadoop to be competitors.  At this point, it
became clear to him that Cloudera needed to take action.

Max Schireson, CEO at MongoDB, affirmed, “To
stay competitive, organizations need to stop looking backwards to
relational databases and look forward to scalable and agile
technologies to keep up with modern application demands…Cloudera
and MongoDB have consistently focused on customer success with
innovative solutions that make modern data infrastructure easy to
develop and operate. This partnership will extend that promise,
leading customers on a path to thrive in this new era of modern

Not everyone is buying this line though. Whilst
all glory may go to NoSQL, there are still use cases for relational
databases to sift through all that unstructured data spewing
forth from a panoply of digital faucets.

In response to Schireson’s
little relational swipe, Sandor Klein, EnterpriseDB, Managing
Director EMEA, opinioned, “Relational databases like Postgres are
evolving as fast as NoSQL technologies. Postgres, for example, has
added features to address needs that motivated the rise and
development of NoSQL technologies, and it provides capabilities
that NoSQL technologies simply cannot. Smart CIOs will continue to
leverage their relational databases to meet emerging challenges and
use NoSQL solutions for the specialized, niche

At present, the market is more than big enough
for a cavalcade of data solutions – and if two of the biggest
players in the space are comfortable enough to get into bed
together,others could well follow suit in this latest bid to
capture the all important enterprise dollar.


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