Who's top of the Big Data charts?

Jaspersoft launch industry-first Big Data Index

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 include:

  • 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 time?

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

Chris Mayer

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