The young company based in Silicon Valley produces a version of a Hadoop, an open-source program developed to process big data. Cloudera has been involved with the development of Hadoop for some time and is reportedly committed to keeping it open source. Intel is said to have abandoned plans to develop its own distribution of Hadoop, and will instead promote the already existing version of its new investment with Intel servers.
The change seems aimed at making Intel a key player in the Internet of Things (IoT). With more and more devices providing huge amounts of data through the IoT, the ability to use analytics to extract useful information from massive data has become necessary for many enterprises to stay competitive.
For instance, in the automotive industry, current models can report on driver usage and maintenance. This is accomplished in real-time through a wireless Internet connection. Manufacturers can use the information to identify potential design flaws or to improve designs of future models to better meet the needs and driving habits of customers.
Hadoop is a big data software that utilizes a group of servers to more rapidly and efficiently mine for useful information. The software manages the data by spreading it among the servers, then using the processing power of each server to work on a subset of the data before combining results.
Originally developed by Yahoo!, Hadoop had been widely used by Internet giants such as Google and Facebook before Cloudera developed an enterprise version. This solution has already proved useful in the banking, hospital, and manufacturing industries. Intel appears prepared to bundle Cloudera software with its servers to provide a value-added solution to data centers.