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Industry Transformation

Hadoop has so much energy and momentum that it has the potential to transform the industry around it. Similar to the Unix days of the AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, and Dynix operating systems, open-source Linux became a standard to which many organizations moved, eliminating many of the different versions of Unix. Industry leaders such as GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, PLDT, Splunk, Teradata, VMware, Wandisco, EMC, and Verizon have created an industry association named the Open Data Platform (ODP). ODP will work directly with Apache Software Foundation projects with the goal of creating a standardized version of Hadoop, beginning with Apache Hadoop 2.6. This group’s goal is to create a tested reference version of Apache Hadoop that will be built directly from the open-source Apache projects. This will make it much easier for software companies to certify their products and software vendors to validate their products on a standardized version of Hadoop. The core of Apache Hadoop 2.6 includes HDFS, YARN, and Ambari. Not all Hadoop distributions will join ODP. Cloudera and MapR have decided not to join at this time. ODP will start standardizing on Hadoop but might expand to other areas of the big data ecosystem. It’s too early to understand the potential of ODP or the industry ramifications, but it’s clear that Hadoop has the capability to transform the industry around it.

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