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Hadoop Hive and Mongo performing strongly, says Jaspersoft's Big Data Index

Business intelligence experts Jaspersoft have today announced the second quarter metrics for the Jaspersoft Big Data Index, the industry’s first index measuring demand of the most popular data sources for storing, analyzing and visualizing Big Data.

The area, as we know, is in flux at the moment, with a number of key players jostling for Big Data supremacy. Jaspersoft’s Big Data Index is compiled from total number of native connector downloads from JasperForge, Jaspersoft’s open source, community-focused website. Projects such as Hadoop Hive, Hadoop HBase, MongoDB, DataStax Cassandra, Riak, Red Hat Infinispan, Neo4J, Redis, CouchDB, VoltDB and others are all tracked to monitor their adoption from the Jaspersoft community.

Whilst this survey shouldn't be read into too far, it does offer a glimpse into the developing field of Big Data analytics and could suggest who is doing things right and who in particularly is in demand, at least on JasperForge. Over 10,000 Big Data connectors have been downloaded this year alone, and Jaspersoft predict that downloads are set to grow 92% in 2012 compared to 2011 - a promising trove for Big Data.

“Several NoSQL environments have become exceptionally popular for reporting and analyzing Big Data,” said Brian Gentile, CEO at Jaspersoft. “Companies now have the opportunity to learn more about their operations and performance by analyzing data streams that were too big or too complex to process even a couple years ago. The momentum of Big Data downloads tells us more companies are recognizing this opportunity and taking advantage of it.”

Document stores are receiving the most attention, garnering over 70% of demand, and of these 10gen's MongoDB is leading the way - unsurprising, considering the large amount of funding that has gone into the NoSQL option. But Cassandra is gaining some pace, growing by 100% in May alone. Hadoop Hive is steadily building a big following showing “constant steady demand” from 2011 onwards.

“The value of Big Data is just being uncovered as data scientists begin to analyze log files, social media feeds, online media, gaming systems, fraud and security monitoring, and a variety of other data-driven applications,” said Karl Van den Bergh, Vice President of Product and Alliances at Jaspersoft. “Jaspersoft’s native Big Data connectors help BI end-users access large and complex data sets and navigate through them using our industry-leading reporting, analysis and dashboards tools.”

For more information and to continue following the Big Data Index, visit the Jaspersoft site. We eagerly anticipate the next Big Data Index update where we'll likely be seeing the same contenders duking it out once more. Might Riak or Redis be able to challenge the big three?

Chris Mayer

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