Who's top of the Big Data charts?

Jaspersoft launch industry-first Big Data Index

Chris Mayer

The leading open source BI company is able to gauge demand for popular Big Data sources including Hadoop Hive, HBase, MongoDB, Cassandra and more

We realise it’s difficult to keep tabs on the NoSQL market –
after all, there’s so much choice nowadays, it’s difficult to make
an informed decision on which solution to use and which to avoid
without listening to all the facts.

Fortunately business intelligence software luminary Jaspersoft
today released the first BI industry Big Data Index, a ranking of
connector downloads for leading databases and data sources
including Hadoop Hive, Hadoop HBase, MongoDB, Cassandra, and other
popular frameworks used to manage Big Data sets.

From monitoring 15,000 Big Data downloads from January 2011 to
January 2012, Jaspersoft claims it can verify growth trends for Big
Data analytics overall and rank demand for individual data sources.
A vital resource that could be the deciding factor in picking the
NoSQL option for your enterprise.

Just some of the key findings so far in the 2012 Big Data Index

  • Demand for MongoDB, the document-oriented NoSQL database, saw
    the biggest spike with over 200 percent growth in 2011;
  • Hadoop Hive, the SQL interface to Hadoop MapReduce, represented
    60 percent of all Hadoop-based connectors;
  • Hadoop HBase, the distributed Hadoop environment, was the
    second most popular Hadoop-based connector; 
  • Cassandra, the high availability NoSQL database, was among the
    top four most downloaded Big Data sources in 2011; and
  • Over 27 percent of Big Data connector downloads were for Riak,
    Infinispan, Neo4J, Redis, CouchDB, VoltDB or others.

Jaspersoft say that from the Big Data Index they’ve found that
there is a growing ‘demand for faster, more seamless methods to
connect, analyze, and present insights from Big Data’. The data is
based on the total number of native connector downloads
from JasperForge, Jaspersoft’s open source,
community-focused web site and tracks pretty much all NoSQL and Big
Data environments.

“Extracting insights quickly from Big Data sources like Hadoop
or MongoDB yields tremendous competitive advantage for companies,”
said Karl Van den Bergh, VP of Products and Alliances at
Jaspersoft. “By tracking the Big Data Index, we see three popular
approaches to access Big Data environments in business
intelligence. These include reporting and analysis through direct
connectivity, direct batch style reporting, and extracting data
through batch ETL to a central warehouse or database. Companies
want options for Big Data analytics because every use case is
different. Some want direct and immediate answers from their Big
Data sources throughout the day, while others want a more
traditional approach with periodic reports. The Big Data Index
provides quantitative visibility into these trends.”

So from these results, it’s pretty clear that Hadoop and MongoDB
are far out in front and that would tally with most enterprises’
thinking when it comes to picking a Big Data option. Keeping track
of the Big Data Index in the coming months should provide
interesting viewing – can Hadoop claim an out-right lead in that

Check out Jaspersoft’s Big Data
for more interesting stats and this nifty infographic
below. Got Big Data? You should have by now!

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