Why the Hoopla over Hadoop? - Slide 6

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Hadoop is cheap for two reasons. First, it's open source, which means no proprietary licensing fees. Hadoop is an Apache Software Foundation project, created by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella, who implemented an idea described in papers by Google. Apache maintains a list of Hadoop distributions, and IBM has announced plans to offer its own distribution.

Second, Hadoop doesn't require special processors or expensive hardware. As Cutting explained, you just need “something with an Intel processor, a networking card, and usually four or so hard drives in it.”

Hadoop is a hot topic right now, in the tech press and in the minds of IT organizations with large amounts of data. What is Hadoop and why should business leaders care? Loraine Lawson has broken down the reasons in nine easy to understand facts.


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