by Anthony Dina

According to a recent story by CNBC, Hadoop is the technology to watch in the coming New Year.  Although focusing on the investment potential for the current and potentially future publicly-traded Hadoop-based companies, the CNBC story offers some compelling insights about the predicted growth.

Just how pervasive is Hadoop? According to Allied Market Research, Hadoop-related software totaled $1.5 billion in 2012. However, it is estimated those sales will grow to a whopping $50.2 billion by the end of this decade.

This growth is being driven by a specific need: organizations are requiring software to analyze larger amounts of data than has ever been collected before.  Managing and making sense of that data, helping to make it useful, are Hadoop's primary roles.

The story alludes to one key challenge users can face: getting started with Hadoop. As with any new technology, Hadoop simply cannot be plugged into existing IT environments. Therefore, it's important to choose a system that offers a beginning to end solution.  Dell QuickStart for Cloudera Hadoop, for example, enables organizations to quickly deploy Hadoop, integrate it into the existing environment, and enable a broad range of staff in the organization to begin leveraging Hadoop to determine the best fit for production deployments and processes.  The white paper, Three Ways to Get Started with Hadoop, provides greater detail.

Two final points of interest raised:

  • The potential for consolidation - several of the leading players are flush with capital, which one or more may use to buy competitors
  • Large tech companies with deep pockets may try to gain access to the market by snatching up one of the current leaders

No matter what the future may hold, the CNBC story is certain about one fact: Hadoop's influence is here to stay.