Designed for cloud computing, the Hadoop data management system handles petabytes of data at a time, pairing Google's MapReduce with a distributed file management system for use on large clusters.
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Part of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., Hadoop 100-plus team of software engineers and researchers who continue to develop Hadoop, now an open source project at the Apache Software Foundation. The Yahoo production version of Hadoop is also freely distributed, and is considered one of the best production-ready versions of the code. Yahoo! staffers make up the largest set of contributors to Hadoop. Originator Doug Cutting, who named Hadoop for his son's toy elephant, now works at Cloudera.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.