For individuals and business looking to capitalize on the power of big data, Hadoop is the number one platform of choice. Using open source technologies, Hadoop allows huge volumes of data to be processed via their distribution across commodity hardware. Since the creation of Hadoop, several companies have jumped on board the big data wagon, creating enterprise versions of the Hadoop platform that aim to simplify and enhance the user experience. MapR and Hortonworks are two of the biggest names in the field, but pole position goes to US based software giant, Cloudera. Read on to discover ten things you may not know about Cloudera.
1. Cloudera was the first of its kind
Of the companies utilizing the Hadoop Platform, Cloudera is the most popular distributor, and was the first to deliver an enterprise software platform for data engineering, advanced data analytics and machine learning. The platform is built on free, open source technologies, with any profit being generated from Cloudera's supplementary support and consulting services.
2. Cloudera was founded by some of Silicon’s Valley’s leading lights
In 2008, four of Silicon Valley’s big data geniuses joined forces to form Cloudera. Christopher Bisciglia had already experienced phenomenal success with Google as a senior software engineer, while Amr Awadallah had enjoyed similar fortune as Vice President of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo. The lineup was completed with the addition of ex- Oracle Embedded Technologies Vice President, Mike Olson, and Jeff Hammerbacher, former Facebook Data Manager.
3. Cloudera has a global presence
From small beginnings, Cloudera has grown at a remarkable rate. Although it retains its headquarters in Palo Alto, California, Cloudera boasts a truly global presence, employing more than 3000 people across its 24, internationally based offices.
4. Cloudera has merged with Hortonworks
Talks of a merger have been ongoing for some time, but January 2019 saw the official union of Hortonworks and Cloudera. Along with Cloudera, Hortonworks is one of the leading contenders in the Hadoop big data space. Cloudera stockholders will retain almost 60% of the equity of the company, and the venture will continue to trade under the Cloudera brand name.
5. Cloudera has some big- name partners
Since its inception, Cloudera has worked alongside some key players in the technology world. Current partners include Oracle, Dell, Microsoft, Hitachi and Sumudyne. Each year, Cloudera recognizes partners that have demonstrated substantial growth and achievement at its annual Partner Impact Awards. 2018 winners included Microsoft, who won the coveted accolade of Partner of the Year, Arcadia Data, who won the Innovator Award in recognition of its creative sales and marketing campaigns, and Everis, who won the Rising Star Award for demonstrating excellent potential in increasing the joint customer base.
6. Cloudera is expanding its expertise in Artificial intelligence (AI)
With its acquisition of Fast Forward Labs (a leading AI research and development organization) in September 2017, Cloudera expanded its ambitions in the Artificial Intelligence arena. Hilary Mason, Fast Forward Labs CEO and founder, is responsible for heading up the new division, which aims to expedite the industrialization of machine learning and AI to provide practical solutions to global business problems.
7. Cloudera ranked 5th in Forbes 2016 Worlds Best List
The list, developed by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners, ranks the top 100 private cloud companies across the globe. In 2016, Forbes placed Cloudera at number 5 on the list. The high position came thanks to a substantial growth in profit, as well as Cloudera’s impressive innovation in data management and analytics.
8. Cloudera sponsors the Apache Software Foundation
Cloudera is a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation, a non-profit, decentralized organization that provides support to the Apache community of free, open-source software developers.
9. Cloudera went public in 2017
In March 2017, Cloudera filed for stock market launch. On 28th of April in the same year, Cloudera’s shares were listed for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange. Within a week of going public, Cloudera’s stock had risen by 30%.
10. Cloudera has its own university
Cloudera provides ongoing training and certification to its users via the Cloudera University. The university supports both private and on-demand training, with courses that are tailored to meet the individual need of the student, be they developer, analyst or administrator.
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