After six years of gestation, it's finally here

Hadoop hits first 1.0 milestone

Chris Mayer
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2012 is the year of the yellow elephant as enterprises all shift to Hadoop

It’s a big year for Big Data, and the specialists sent an early
New Year’s gift to us all over the holidays – releasing the first
milestone of Hadoop.

The first major version of the MapReduce framework and computing
platform is from the 0.20-security code line and adds
security, webhdfs and HBase support (append/hsynch/hflush, and
security) from December’s 0.22.0
release
. There is also the promise of enhanced access to
local files for HBase plus the usual bug fixes and tweaks. All
details can be found within the release
notes
.

Hadoop has now pretty much become the de facto standard
for handling large data sets or complex processing, growing rapidly
as some of the world’s biggest companies backed the yellow elephant
for their solutions. Some of the big names onboard and actively
shaping Hadoop include Facebook, StumbleUpon, eBay,
LinkedIn, Twitter, IBM and Adobe. No wonder it’s become the hot
topic within the Java ecosystem heading into the calendar
year.

Redmonk analyst James Governor recently
predicted
big things for Big Data, especially Hadoop saying
-

We’ll see a broad-based acceptance that Java
is crucial to Big Data, and Big Data is going to be huge; that is,
the Java renaissance starts here. Web companies built the
technologies, but the enterprise is going to consume them. Hadoop
is going to be stack-defining, and utterly
pervasive. 

There wasn’t a bigger indication of Hadoop’s dominance than
Microsoft’s decision in November to put the kibosh on their data
crunching project Dryad, opting to join the open source revolution
of Hadoop.

Its success since being contributed to the Apache Foundation in
2006 has spawned many companies devoted to the area such as
Cloudera and Hortonworks and also further open source projects like
Cassandra
and Mahout, each
developing their own communities as the word spreads. Now with a
first major release, it seems that Hadoop will only go from
strength to strength as the year goes on.

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