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Issue 3 March 2012

Hadoop connector software hitches DBs to 'big data' clusters

Software vendors have gotten the message that Hadoop is hot -- and many are responding by releasing Hadoop connectors that are designed to make it easier for users to transfer information between traditional relational databases and the open source distributed processing system. Oracle, Microsoft and IBM are among the vendors that have begun offering Hadoop connector software as part of their overall “big data” management strategies. But it isn’t just the relational database management system (RDBMS) market leaders that are getting in on the act. Data warehouse and analytical database vendors such as Teradata and Hewlett-Packard’s Vertica unit have also built connectors for linking Hadoop to SQL databases, as have data integration vendors like Informatica and Talend. Vendors of Hadoop distributions, including Cloudera and MapR Technologies, are in the connector camp as well. What is Hadoop? Hadoop is a Java-based programming framework that supports the processing of large data sets in a distributed computing environment. ...

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