What Open Source Leadership Means for Customers
Users of Cloudera’s platform get all the expected benefits of open source. At the same time, they get others that only deep and wide community involvement can provide.
Today, software for every layer of the enterprise stack is available under a permissive open source license. In fact, the world’s most popular OS (Linux), Web server (Apache HTTP Server), relational database (MySQL), and commercial software distribution containing Apache Hadoop (CDH from Cloudera) are all open source software.
Many people intuitively recognize the surface benefits of open source software — including freedom from lock-in (and royalties), no-obligation evaluation, rapid innovation, and community-driven development. However, all open source platforms are not the same. Buyers of Hadoop-based enterprise data hubs in particular should be aware that deep, direct involvement in the open source development process, properly conceived to help customers solve business problems, has a tangible impact beyond the simple availability of source code.
Since its initial founding, Cloudera has been completely focused on translating its involvement in the extended Apache Hadoop community into customer success. For example:
Cloudera has contributed more code and features to the Hadoop ecosystem, not just the core (HDFS, MapReduce, YARN), and shipped more of them in its platform, than any other vendor. These features — such as Hadoop high availability, network encryption, and HDFS (filesystem) caching — make a substantial difference for customers.
In order to support the end-to-end platform for our customers, Cloudera employs the most contributors and committers across the entire ecosystem, not just the core (nearly 80 committer seats across the ecosystem). In fact, approximately 60% of all Hadoop-related tickets that are closed/resolved by a platform vendor employee are assigned to Cloudera employees (Source: Apache JIRA), and our support engineers are omnipresent on project mailing lists (and in some cases, write patches themselves).
To plug functionality gaps reported by our customers and partners, Cloudera employees have founded/co-founded more successful Hadoop ecosystem projects than any competitor (examples: Impala, Hue, Kite SDK, Apache Flume, Apache Sqoop, Apache Sentry [incubating], Parquet). Many of these projects, such as Impala, Flume, Sqoop, Hue, Parquet, and Sentry, are shipped by multiple vendors (made possible by the magic of open source. More about that in a future post.)
As you can see, although an open source platform makes a positive difference for customers in a generic sense, there are many more benefits that only extensive community involvement — such as that of Cloudera in the Hadoop ecosystem — can provide.
To learn more about how Cloudera’s leadership and involvement in the open source community benefits customers, read our new white paper.