Apache Hadoop makes version 1.0 public

Jennifer Scott News
5 Jan, 2012

After voting on the release at the end of last year, the framework has now been deemed ready for business.

The Apache community may have been working on the Hadoop project for nearly six years, but this week saw the official launch of version 1.0.  

Hadoop is an open source cloud platform used to process ‘Big Data,’ enabling applications to handle the vast amounts of data being passed through them everyday and transforming it into useful information for a business.

However, it is only with the release of version 1.0 Apache is saying the technology is ready for use in the enterprise world.

“This release is the culmination of a lot of hard work and cooperation from a vibrant Apache community group of dedicated software developers and committers that has brought new levels of stability and production expertise to the Hadoop project,” said Arun C. Murthy, vice president of Apache Hadoop.

“Hadoop is becoming the de facto data platform that enables organisations to store, process and query vast torrents of data, and the new release represents an important step forward in performance, stability and security.”

Although only announced this week, a spokesperson confirmed to Virtual Clouds the decision to release version 1.0 was taken by the Apache Hadoop Project Management Committee on 27 December.

Hadoop is already used by numerous large organisations, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Rackspace and Facebook. However, Yahoo currently has the largest deployment, with Apache revealing it spans over 42,000 nodes within the company.

“Achieving the 1.0 release status is a momentous achievement from the Apache Hadoop community and the result of hard development work and shared learnings over the years," said Jay Rossiter, senior vice president of the cloud platform group at Yahoo.

"Apache Hadoop will continue to be an important area of investment for Yahoo, [whilst] today Hadoop powers every click at Yahoo, helping to deliver personalised content and experiences to more than 700 million consumers worldwide."

As well as firms from the Web 2.0 generation, older legacy companies such as HP have already got on-board with the technology, whilst Microsoft and IBM have integrated it into their own cloud offerings.

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