In a recent blog entry, Mike Boros, Hadoop Product Marketing Manager at Cray, Inc., writes about the company’s positioning of Hadoop for scientific big data. Like the old adage, “when the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail,” Boros suggests that the Law of the Instrument may be true for technical computing professionals assessing the most well-known of the big data tools: Hadoop.
Boros writes: “When used inappropriately, and incorporating technologies not suited for scientific Big Data, using Hadoop may indeed feel like wielding a cumbersome hammer. But when used appropriately, and with a technology stack that’s specifically suited to the realities of scientific Big Data, Hadoop can feel like a Swiss Army knife — a multipurpose tool capable of doing a wide range of things.”
“Of course, whether Hadoop feels like a Swiss Army knife or not depends not only on the experience level of the user, but also on whether it’s designed and implemented for scientific Big Data. And scientific Big Data is different from the Big Data much of the rest of the world is dealing with,” he adds.