Gartner recently released the new 2014 Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems,* March 7, 2014, by analysts Mark A. Beyer and Roxane Edjlali. and for the first time ever has positioned Cloudera on the quadrant. We believe this placement by Gartner helps validate what we have long believed here at Cloudera, namely that Hadoop will be a central part of data management now and in the long term.
Data Warehousing, Meet Hadoop
There’s been a lot of debate recently as to the role of Hadoop in Data Warehousing. Many have claimed (and will likely continue to do so!) that there is no connection, that Hadoop is merely a passing fad that simply has no role in the hardened and complex world of data warehouse architecture. Some have gone so far as saying that Cloudera alone is making this leap and in so doing is causing mass confusion and that we should be ashamed of ourselves. To say we feel vindicated with this placement by Gartner is somewhat of an understatement.
As Gartner points out, “in 2014, traditional data warehouse vendors continue to face the challenge emerging from new processing techniques such as MapReduce/Hadoop distributions”. Two things interest me with this statement. First is the use of the word “continue”. This is not a new phenomenon; Hadoop has been raising eyebrows for some time now, particularly with the introduction of industry leading solutions for SQL on Hadoop like Impala. The second is that this statement comes directly from the thorough research Gartner conducts, including countless interviews of customers of all types using a range of technologies as part of their data warehouse solution.
Believe the Hype
As a parting thought, consider also that Ralph Kimball will soon be weighing in on this topic. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to join the 4000+ people that have registered for his upcoming webinar titled “Building a Hadoop Data Warehouse” where he’ll further elaborate on the implications of Hadoop in data warehousing. Between Gartner, Ralph Kimball and customer testimnonal, it’s safe to say the era of Hadoop as part of data warehouse infrastructure is upon us. The question is no longer what the connection is between Hadoop and data warehousing it is but rather how far will that connection go?
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