• IBM Ends Hadoop Distribution, Hortonworks Expands Hybrid Open Source

    IBM has followed Intel and EMC/Pivotal in abandoning efforts to make a business of Hadoop distributions, and followed Microsoft in making Hortonworks its supplying partner. At the former Hadoop Summit, now called Dataworks (itself a sign of the shift from Hadoop-centric positioning), IBM announced it will discontinue its IBM Open Platform/BigInsights offering, and will instead OEM Hortonworks’ HDP.


    Hadoop Apache Project Commercial Support Tracker April 2016

    There are now 19 commonly supported projects: Avro, Flume and Solr join the group supported by all 5 distributors and other changes appear as well.

    For this version of the tracker (last updated in?December), I’ve made one sizable change: Pivotal has been dropped as a “leading distributor,” dropping the?number to five. Pivotal?relies on Hortonworks’ distro?(as does Microsoft) as its commercial offering now.


    DBMS 2015 Numbers Paint a Picture of Slow but Steady Change

    Gartner recently published “Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2015” (for clients) and the story the DBMS data tells continues themes we have been observing for some time in the market. Overall, the DBMS space continued to grow in high single digits, coming in at $35.9 Billion?in US dollars – an 8.7% growth over the prior year’s $33.1?Billion, which itself represented?growth of?8.9% over?2013.?The picture is changing, and though the effects are just beginning to be significant, they will grow substantially through this decade.


    Now, What is Hadoop?

    This?perennial question resurfaced recently in a thoughtful blog post by?Andreas Neumann, Chief Architect of Cask, called?What is Hadoop, anyway?. Ultimately, after a careful deconstruction of the terms in the question, Andreas concludes with

    “Does it really matter to agree on the answer to that question? In the end, everybody who builds an application or solution on Hadoop must pick the technologies that are right for the use case.”

    We’ve agreed?from the beginning – that is the only answer?that really matters. Still, the question continues to come up?for ?end users of the stack and for vendors like Cask (it helps them think about what to support in their application development offering Cask Data App Platform (CDAP).

    Analysts too: I’ve discussed it?several times, including a post a year ago called?What Is Hadoop….Now? tracking the path?from 6 commonly supported projects in 2012 to 15 in June 2014, across a set of distributors that included Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and IBM. “Support” here means you pay for subscription that explicitly includes the named project.

    This year, the expansion process?has continued – and it?does?matter.

    –more on Gartner blog–



    Microsoft in MQs – June Is Bustin’ Out

    Following?December 2014’s?Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress,?and March’s?Microsoft in MQs – March On,??this post updates my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. As Microsoft nears the end of its fiscal year (and undergoes management shifts I’ll discuss in a future post) their MQ?progress continues through Q2.

    –More in Gartner blog–

    Perspectives on Hadoop Part Two: Pausing Plans

    By Merv Adrian and Nick Heudecker?

    In the?first post?in this series?, I looked at the size of revenue streams for RDBMS software and maintenance/support and noted that they amount to $33B, pointing out that pure play Hadoop vendors had a high hill to climb. (I didn’t say so specifically, but in 2014, Gartner estimates that the three leading vendors generated less than $150M.)

    In this post, Nick and I turn from Procurement to Plans and examine the buying intentions uncovered in Gartner surveys.


    –more in Gartner blog–

    Perspectives on Hadoop: Procurement, Plans, and Positioning

    I have the privilege of working for the world’s?leading information technology research and advisory company, covering information management with a strong focus for the past few years on an emerging software stack called Hadoop. In the early part of 2015, that particular technology is moving from early adopter status to early majority in its marketplace adoption. The discussions and published work around it have been exciting and controversial, so in this post (and a couple to follow) I describe three interlocking?research perspectives on Hadoop: procurement (counting real money actually spent); plans (surveys of intentions to invest) and positioning (subjective interpretations of what the first two mean.)

    Procurement Perspective: Hadoop is a (Very)?Small?Market Today

    –more on Gartner blog–



    Microsoft in MQs – March On

    In December 2014, I posted?Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, updating my quarterly map of?the several?dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft?offerings. Welcome to the New Year. The progress I identified then has continued through Q1, as another product improved its position in a refresh (Advanced Analytic Platforms), and another (Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service) was added to the March chart shown below as a Visionary offering.


    Hadoop Questions from Recent Webinar Span Spectrum

    This is a joint post authored with Nick Heudecker
    There were many questions asked after the last quarterly Hadoop webinar, and Nick and I have picked a few that were asked?several times to respond to here.

    –More on my Gartner blog

    Which SQL on Hadoop? Poll Still Says “Whatever” But DBMS Providers Gain

    Since Nick Heudecker and I began our quarterly Hadoop webinars, we have asked our audiences what they expected to do about SQL several times, first in January?2014. With 164 respondents in that survey, 32% said “we’ll use what our existing BI tool provider gives us,” reflecting the fact that most adopters seem not to want to concern themselves overmuch with the details.

    –More on my Gartner blog

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