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Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop Powers Oracle’s Big Data Appliance

The announcement of the Oracle Big Data Appliance was out for a couple of hours and already hit all media sites. Before looking at the details of the announcement, let’s try to understand what this announcement means for the parties involved.

What does it mean for Oracle?

  • Oracle enters a very busy Hadoop market associated with the best known company in the Hadoop ecosystem
  • With this partnership, Oracle didn’t have to make a huge investment in software development or services
  • Not having to build its own distribution of Hadoop, Oracle could focus on developing the Oracle Big Data Connectors
  • Oracle will delegate everything Hadoop to Cloudera thus it won’t have to deal with a very fast evolving open source project that might see some interesting events due to the
  • Oracle seems to have changed the message about Hadoop being used only for basic ETL.

What does it mean for Cloudera?

  • Cloudera gets access to a pool of customers (many of them possibly very large customers)
  • Cloudera will not need a big sales force to reach to these possible customers. Even if Cloudera knew about them, Oracle’s sales force will do the job
  • If Oracle spells Cloudera’s name in every sales pitch, Cloudera will see a huge publicity bump that will sooner or later lead to more customers

Truth is I was expecting yet another distribution of Hadoop. And even if Oracle’s Big Data Appliance doesn’t feature the official Apache Hadoop distribution, I think that by choosing an existing distribution, Oracle did the right thing. For them and for their customers.

Original title and link: Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop Powers Oracle’s Big Data Appliance (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)