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.

As respective arch-behemoths in the Hadoop and NoSQL worlds, it’s both a  logical and confident step for Clouder and MongoDB to join forces. 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 package.

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 2.0.

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 technologies”.

Speaking to InformationWeek, 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 applications.”

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 requirements.”

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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