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10 hot Hadoop startups to watch

Jeff Vance | April 17, 2014
As data volumes grow, figuring out how to unlock value becomes vastly important. Hadoop enables the processing of large data sets in a distributed environment and has become almost synonymous with big data. Here are 10 startups with solutions for unlocking big data value.

An intuitive UI expands the reach of this service beyond data analysts to entire lines of businesses. Qubole contends that some customers have more than 60 percent of their employees using Qubole.

Customers include Pinterest, MediaMath, Nextdoor and Saavn.

Competitive Landscape: Qubole will compete with Altiscale, Amazon EMR, Treasure Data, and others.

Key Differentiator: Qubole points to its proprietary technology that provides true auto-scaling and storage optimization.

8. Continuuity

What They Do: Provide a Hadoop-based big data application hosting platform.

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

CEO: Jonathan Gray, who was previously an HBase software engineer at Facebook.

Founded: 2011

Funding: $12.5 million from Battery Ventures, Ignition Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective and Amplify Partners.

Why They're on This List: Continuuity has come up with a clever way to get around the dearth of Hadoop experts: they offer an application developer platform targeted at Java developers. The lower-level infrastructure is all abstracted away by the Continuuity platform.

The company's flagship product, Reactor, is a Java-based integrated data and application framework that layers on top of Apache Hadoop, HBase, and other Hadoop ecosystem components. It surfaces capabilities of the infrastructure through simple Java and REST APIs, shielding end users from unnecessary complexity.

In late March, Continuuity released its latest service, Loom, a cluster management solution. Clusters created with Continuuity Loom utilize templates of any hardware and software stack, from simple standalone LAMP-stack servers and traditional application servers like JBoss to full Apache Hadoop clusters comprised of thousands of nodes. Clusters can be deployed across many cloud providers (Rackspace, Joyent, OpenStack) while utilizing common SCM tools (Chef and scripts).

One thing to keep an eye in is the CEO situation. Founding CEO Todd Papaioannou, who was previously vice president and chief cloud architect at Yahoo, left the company this past summer. Co-founder and previous CTO Jonathan Gray has taken over the CEO role. This is Gray's first role as a business leader.

Competitive Landscape: As of now, Continuuity is uniquely positioned. Indirect competitors come from the HaaS camp (AWS EMR, Altiscale, Infochimps, Mortar Data, etc.).

Key Differentiator: Continuuity is targeted at Java developers, which is a unique approach.

9. Xplenty

What They Do: Provide HaaS.

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

CEO: Yaniv Mor, who previously managed the NSW SQL Services practice at Red Rock Consulting.

Founded: 2012

Funding: An undisclosed amount of seed funding from Magma Venture Capital.

Why They're on This List: While Hadoop is being hyped like crazy these days, it has become the de facto infrastructure technology for big data. The trouble is that the development, implementation, and maintenance of Hadoop require a very specialized skill set.

Xplenty technology provides Hadoop processing on the cloud via a coding-free design environment, so businesses can quickly and easily benefit from the opportunities offered by Big Data without having to invest in hardware, software, or highly specialized personnel.


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