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Cloudera Hadoop For Business Transformation

June 9, 2016

What is Cloudera Hadoop?
To understand Cloudera Hadoop, it’s helpful to start with the current state of data in many organizations. One analogy of Cloudera Hadoop is a regional water supply system—imagine if a supply came not from one pristine aquifer, but a series of swimming pools, ponds, puddles, and streams scattered, and often in inaccessible areas.  As more people move into the region, it becomes more expensive to get water to them when they need it.

So it is with data. In most organizations, data is scattered throughout the organization, in various business units and formats, sometimes not secured, and often inaccessible to anyone outside the local user.  In the past, data warehouses were used to solve this problem.  But as more data, and more kinds of data are required for better decision making, processing speed and storage space limit accessibility to these massive data sets. New solutions have emerged that are less expensive than traditional data warehouses, and these allow large data sets to be organized and analyzed faster.

In Cloudera Hadoop, Hadoop emerged as the open source standard for this new way of organizing data for faster access; Cloudera Hadoop is one type of what’s called a deployment of Hadoop, specifically one built on the Apache Hadoop standard.

How Is Hadoop Better For Business?
Hadoop has two key differences that drive its adoption: file storage, and data processing.  We used to be constrained by the RAM on our computers or the processing power and storage space of a server. Hadoop makes those resources dramatically more efficient, enabling everyone from small business to governments to analyze very large sets of data faster than ever before.  

Using Hadoop with big data feels like the difference between driving a car and driving a Formula One racer.  For example, in 2008, Google announced that through the use of MapReduce (the data processing part), 1 TB of data was sorted on 1000 computers in 68 seconds, less than ⅓ of the time of the prior record. Apache realized this benefit, licensed the open source code, and Cloudera Hadoop is built on top of Apache’s Hadoop distribution.

How Does Cloudera Boost Hadoop?
Back to our regional water supply: each one of those scattered water sources is similar to a Hadoop cluster.  Just using Hadoop alone is not enough to meet demand.  If an organization wants to transform its data usage, it builds a central repository, called a data lake. Cloudera Hadoop is one way of organizing that data lake.  Cloudera Hadoop is like an aquifer management, water treatment plant and water department all in one.  Here are some of Cloudera Hadoop’s benefits:

  • Unified all-in-one Data Management: By using one system to store, access, process, secure, and analyze data, Cloudera Hadoop reduces time to deployment and integration hassles are removed.  Cloudera then also provides proprietary tools for additional benefit, like automation, at an additional cost.
  • Open Source:  As the basis for Cloudera Hadoop, open source tools dramatically lower costs, offer extended support through a large community of engaged users, and provide future proofing against obsolescence and technology change.
  • High Adoption Rates: Cloudera Hadoop has one of the highest adoption rates for of Hadoop distributions, which means that its software is more stable and reliable due to extensive testing in the field.

IT Loves Cloudera Hadoop. Do Business Users?
That beautiful Cloudera Hadoop data lake is now safe, clean, and well set up.  But it’s at the top of a mountain, named Java. Only advanced athletes can scale the barrier of technical knowledge required to access this data lake, and that can slow down a business unit’s ability to make use of that data lake for effective decision making in a timely manner.

Trifacta Accelerates Cloudera Hadoop’s Impact on Business Units
If using Hadoop with Big Data is like driving a Formula One racer, adding Trifacta to Cloudera Hadoop makes working with data like driving a fighter jet.  When used with Trifacta, Cloudera Hadoop transports business users to the top of Java Mountain, where they can swim happily in a clean, pristine lake, watched over by their lifeguards from IT.  IT preserves data integrity, security, and accessibility by using Cloudera Hadoop, and adding Trifacta means the business can now get the information it needs to drive the company forward.  

Trifacta’s partnership with Cloudera Hadoop clears traditional bottlenecks to transforming raw data into actionable data.  Cloudera Hadoop and Trifacta connect your business to the power of Hadoop by moving users from visual previews to data transformation at scale without needing hands on support from IT.  Cloudera Hadoop’s partnership with Trifacta includes joint development, certification, and solution collaboration for a smoother transition into business transformation.