GigaOM Research Publishes Sector RoadMap™ Report on SQL-on-Hadoop Platforms

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New report highlights Cloudera, Hadapt, EMC, Teradata, Citus Data, JethroData, Splice Machine and Apache Foundation

GigaOM Research today published a Sector RoadMap report (subscription required) titled, “SQL-on-Hadoop Platforms in 2013,” by research analyst Joseph Turian, Ph.D. The report examines four disruption vectors — read performance, mind share, flexibility and compatibility, and operational Hadoop — in which vendors will strive to gain an advantage in the SQL-on-Hadoop marketplace in the next 18-24 months.

The most successful companies will be the ones that can capture and analyze all data available to them to improve business decision-making. However, the sheer amount of data any given company can produce has become nearly unmanageable. Hadoop promised to alleviate this problem, and to some degree, it has. Many companies have found it easy to get data into Hadoop but hard to get data out and in a useful form. This knowledge gap has prompted a number of vendors to offer SQL-on-Hadoop solutions, which increase the accessibility of Hadoop and allow organizations to reuse their investment learning in SQL.

Key highlights of the Sector RoadMap report include:

  • Cloudera will ultimately lead the SQL-on-Hadoop market, even though it is currently playing catch-up and has a lot of code to write and test. Its open-source solution, Impala, has strong mind share and emphasis on flexibility.
  • Close followers are closed-source vendors that are building off mature technology underpinnings, including Hadapt, EMC (Greenplum), Teradata and Citus Data.
  • The underdogs are little-known, closed-source vendors that are writing everything from scratch and are betting on unconventional technological decisions, including JethroData and Splice Machine. Their technology bets are risky but, if superior, could allow them to stage a market coup.
  • Looming in the wings are Apache Foundation projects Drill and Stinger. These SQL-on-Hadoop projects are native to the Hadoop ecosystem. These projects are the least mature but have solid momentum and could attract customers away from commercial vendors.

Turian predicts that in the next 18-24 months, newSQL databases will mature and attract users away from Hadoop. He believes newSQL will be used for big data that has strong structure, while SQL-on-Hadoop solutions will be used for semi-structured data.

Sector RoadMaps are GigaOM Research’s newest form of ecosystem analysis and research. The reports identify disruption vectors, the key competitive areas of a market that hold the greatest potential for large-scale disruptive shifts. Sector RoadMaps feature a new model of data visualization which illustrates the relative, weighted significance of the disruptive forces identified in the report.

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