Happy birthday, Cloudera!

Eight years ago today, on June 27, 2008, we filed the incorporation paperwork for Cloudera.

We’ve come a long way since Jeff Hammerbacher, Amr Awadallah, Christophe Bisciglia and I huddled around a borrowed conference table at the Admob offices in San Mateo. The company has grown, of course; we are world-wide, with a big and fast-growing enterprise software business, great customers, outstanding partners and a world-class team of employees. The market has kept pace; when we started, only a small group of hard-core technical people knew what Apache Hadoop was. We had to explain what “big data” was before we could explain why you might want some of it.

We’ve benefited enormously from the global open source community that has built the world standard platform for scale-out big data processing and analysis. We’re pleased and proud to be part of that community. We’ve gotten an enormous boost from our partners generally, and from our close relationship with Intel in particular. Intel’s systems roadmap will drive tremendous changes in scale-out software systems. We see the future more clearly because of their help. We’ve learned a lot from customers around the world, as they’ve embraced big data to solve business problems in virtually every domain.

If you use the founding of some of the leading database companies as a yardstick, the big data industry is still very young. Oracle, for example, was eight years old in 1985. The next thirty years were pretty interesting; I have high hopes for the decades in front of big data, as well!

Happy birthday, Cloudera. I’m a little bit biased, but I’m crazy about you.

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