AI Hype Rockets, Hadoop Twins, and Other Learnings from Strata

Strange similarities have been discovered to exist between Cloudera and Hortonworks now that the two former Hadoop rivals have merged into a single company. In fact, the resemblances are so great that they appear to be like “twins separated at birth,” one Cloudera executive said at the Strata Data Conference. “We have discovered that we really were twins separated at birth,” Cloudera CIO and CDO Amy O’Connor said during her keynote address Wednesday morning.

In an interview with Datanami later, she clarified what she meant. “When we got inside each other’s companies and started meeting people, it was like, I know what you do and I know how you do it, because we’re doing the same things,” she said. “…[T]he DNA is very similar. The core of everything is very similar.” In addition to developing, selling, and supporting similar product lines — a distribution of open source Apache Hadoop along with things like Hive, HBase, Kafka, Spark, MapReduce, and all the rest — Cloudera and Hortonworks were basically mirror images of each other in terms of how they operated internally, O’Connor says.

Author: Alex Woodie

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