Over the years, US-based software company – Cloudera has been turned out to be one of the fastest growing companies in the world. Incorporated in 2008, Cloudera mostly targeted professional deployments of Apache Hadoop during its initial days. However, at present, it provides an advanced software platform for machine learning, data engineering, data warehousing, and analytics optimization, which runs on-premises as well as in the cloud. Currently, the company operates in around 28 countries worldwide and supports the businesses of all sizes to drive business growth with the help of better performance and operations efficiency. Even though the Cloudera registered higher growth in recent years, yet most of the industry experts, public media, and analysts have a pessimistic sentiment regarding it and always fielded with interesting queries such as “Does the present world need Cloudera?”.
What’s the market amnesia in this context?
You’ve been heard this similar story previously – we are in the middle of a data deluge. The recent study of IDC (International Data Corporation) FutureScape makes some predictions for worldwide IT – the data will be generated approx. 440 times more by the end of 2020 via more than 30 billion Internet of Things & smartphones, ultimately that required to be stored in a proper way. At present, there are a large number of players available in the market who are capable of offering leading-edge solutions to store this vast information for an economical price. As per Forrester Research’s Big Data analysts – any organization that intends to utilize advanced analytics for their immense data must adopt Hadoop and get valuable insights for future benefits.
On the one hand, there are more than 50,000 firms present in the market and the trio of Cloudera, MapR, and Hortonworks captures more attention in the view of the fact that approx. 3000 organizations/companies are on their client list altogether. However, on the other hand, there are around 40,000 organizations/companies are available worldwide, which might require the assistance of these scalable technology solutions in the near future. That’s what makes the existing market more interesting with regards to demand and supply.
According to Big Data Maturity Survey – 2016 findings, over the past few years, the utilization of Business Intelligence had been overtaken ETL & Data Science and the trend seems to be continuing in the future also. Around 75% of the survey respondents are planning to utilize BI for Big Data and a larger part of these respondents termed as BI as “strategic advantage”.
However, there lies a significant issue as the market is anxious and forgetful. Ever since the Hadoop came into existence, the analysts predicted that the Hadoop will definitely overtake the entire market of the database, hence there is no place for other platforms anymore. In such circumstances, the market only asks: “why don’t these Hadoop players have 50,000 customers?”. Nevertheless, the answer is pretty simple.
Wide Presence of AS-400 server platform
Whenever any brand-new technologies emerge in the market, they completely outshine their predecessors in terms of skills, techniques, processes and of course, architecture. The CIOs and IT teams assess the overall strength of these technologies on the basis of its projected impact on their businesses. They use their judgement and experience to recognize the business value potential on the basis of key attributes such as – does this technology help in incrementing of revenues, does it improve profitability, and/or assist in mitigating of the critical risks.
For most of the businesses, the IBM AS/400 is somewhat like an old and reliable friend. Owing to its incredible features like massive hardware redundancy, extremely high-performing CPUs, assorted range of applications, and excellent support of enterprise cloud services, the AS/400 still managed to persuade the CIOs of various organizations for its continuous presence. But, it does not mean that the transition never occurred. In recent years, the options for data warehousing shifted from the databases of Oracle, Teradata, SQL Server, etc., to distributed platforms of Hadoop to advanced cloud-serverless platforms of Google BigQuery successfully. Even though, Cloudera, as well as Hortonworks, are increasing their customer base rapidly, however setting higher anticipation that Hadoop will definitely resolve the dilemma with the help of massive replacement along with standardization might lead towards disappointment.
The Scope of Cloudera and Hadoop
For the last few months, there has been a rumor in the market that, since Cloudera hadoop implementation always positioned itself as a machine learning platform, it meant that Cloudera does not want to be allied with Hadoop. This rumor might negatively impact the demand for Cloudera, in the view of the fact that Cloudera is primarily a Hadoop vendor and further, it is attempting to grab the attention for mainstream utilization with the help of continuous innovations.
To be an enterprise-standard platform for storing and managing the data, there are some prerequisites such as excellent performance and highest security, those must be satisfied and unfortunate, Hadoop was never excelled in these aspects ever since its inception. However, with the help of partners such as AtScale, most of the Hadoop vendors resolved these issues effectively and achieved tremendous success.
On the other hand, the data-platform can be turned into a mission-critical asset by connecting it directly to the employees who utilize this technology regularly. Data Science and machine learning target all kinds of employees (data-scientist and engineers) whoever closest to the data. However, these use-cases are restricted to only a few of the users and that’s been the key concern.
To capture the attention of mainstream organizations, Hadoop vendors must focus on Business Analytics and allow regular data users to interact directly with their respective Hadoop data-lake technology. This will assist their CIOs to leverage the capabilities of robust platforms such as Hadoop. Favorably, the demand for such services is far greater at the macro level and as implied by Microsoft, around 1 billion users are present in the current market who are much eager for data. So the creation of more devices, more data, and more active users might result in the rapid growth of this particular industry.
Well, before making up of your mind on the basis of industry experts and analyst opinions, kindly note that, the market will soon realize the potentiality of this technology as the industry takes significant curves over time.