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How a Little Open Source Project Came to Dominate Big Data

Servers in a data center.

Hadoop allows some of the world's largest companies to store and process datasets on clusters of commodity hardware.

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It began as a nagging technical problem that needed solving. Now, it’s driving a market that’s expected to be worth $50.2 billion by 2020.

There are countless open source projects with crazy names in the software world today, but the vast majority of them never make it onto enterprises’ collective radar. Hadoop is an exception of pachydermic proportions.

Named after a child’s toy elephant, Hadoop is now powering big data applications at companies such as Yahoo and Facebook; more than half of the Fortune 50 use it, providers say.


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