The big data market continues to evolve, as I have written previously. Vendors are attempting to differentiate their offerings as they seek to encourage customers to pay for technology that they could potentially download for free.
MapR is one of those big data vendors. It entered the market in 2011 with a Hadoop distribution that used an alternative, POSIX-based file system that also offers HDFS API compatibility. While other Hadoop distribution vendors were chasing a volume-based business by using the Apache open source community surrounding Hadoop, MapR deliberately chose a more focused strategy of targeting enterprise capabilities and features.
Author: David Menninger