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Cloudera said the newly announced partnerships will bolster enterprise penetration

Cloudera said the newly announced partnerships will bolster enterprise penetration

Big data platform specialist Cloudera on Tuesday announced a slew of  partnerships with a number of cloud infrastructure service providers including Savvis, Verizon, Softlayer and T-Systems. The company said the move will help bolster enterprise penetration of its big data services, despite the notable absence of the big three – Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Hadoop is typically loaded onto bare-metal on-premise infrastructure, though Cloudera does offer a distribution that can be loaded onto Amazon’s EC2. The recently announced partnerships will see the company load its Hadoop platform onto the infrastructure of a number of service providers including CenturyLink’s Savvis, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, IBM’s Softlayer and T-Mobile’s T-Systems.

“For Hadoop to transition into the mainstream, enterprises need to have the flexibility and freedom to utilize the underlying infrastructure that best suits their specific needs, rather than having their data management solution provider be the gatekeeper of an on-premises versus cloud decision,” said Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer at Cloudera.

“To that end, Cloudera is investing in strategic partnerships with companies that can help to build out cloud-specific feature sets, and we are working with multiple cloud vendors to offer a variety of choices to our customers, enabling them to customize a Hadoop-on-cloud deployment that is ideal for their unique environment,” he added.

The company also announced that it would start providing commercial support for Cloudera deployments on Amazon Web Services’ cloud “in the near future,” and private cloud implementations on OpenStack and VMware, but stopped short of saying when.

“The cloud will play a significant role in the future of the enterprise, and Cloudera and Hadoop are part of that future,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, corporate and business development, Cloudera. “We remain committed to solving higher order big data problems for our customers that will enable them to ask bigger questions and derive more sophisticated insights from their data — wherever it lives — from a single, unified enterprise data management platform. Cloudera’s richly diverse partner ecosystem is helping to provide the innovation and variety that our customers require to solve all of their data challenges.”

It is interesting that Amazon, Google and Microsoft were not included in the partnership announcement, which may have something to do with the fact that they all offer competing products. Amazon already offers a similar big data platform, Elastic MapReduce; Microsoft has Windows Azure HDInsight; and Google has BigQuery / Cloud Datastore.

The partnership strategy echoes a similar deal struck earlier this year between Pentaho and Rackspace, which are partnering to deliver the former’s data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) capabilities on Rackspace’s private and public infrastructure in a hybrid Hadoop-as-a-service type offering. Similarly, Cloudera said that the partnerships announced today are part of a broader effort to become a hybrid cloud big data player, prioritising seamless intergation between on-premise and cloud infrastructure – which makes a lot of sense. Cloud storage (to say nothing of compute) can be very expensive when dealing with some of the volumes some enterprises are looking at, so giving them choice over how they store data and federate compute and storage resources will be very important as big data platforms start shifting into the cloud.