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The top 5 Hadoop distributions, according to Forrester

Brandon Butler | Jan. 21, 2016
Research firm predicts 100 percent adoption of Hadoop by large enterprises.

MapR is another leader that scored the second highest for its current offering, marking at 4.34. Gualtieri and Yuhanna say MapR is committed to the best balance between high performance and scalability, while maximizing ease of use.

IBM is a strong competitor, especially for existing IBM data customers who are looking to extend their existing analytics to include Hadoop.

Pivotal is another vendor worth considering, but the company’s current offering and market presence scored the lowest among the five vendors. Pivotal’s Hadoop distribution integrates well with customers who use the company’s other data management and application developer products and services, such as Cloud Foundry PaaS and Greenplum data management software.

The market is not yet saturated with Hadoop users though. Last year, Gartner analyst Merv Adrian attempted to cool the hype about Hadoop, noting that based on a survey that research firm did that up to 54% of responded said they didn’t have plans to adopt Hadoop in the coming year.


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