The Big Data debate is over. Vast data pools being generated every day are in reality treasure troves of information that organizations can leverage through analytics to obtain valuable insights, drive innovation, boost ROI and create competitive advantage. To meet the formidable challenge of analyzing data of massive volume, variety and velocity, Hadoop has emerged as the go-to scalable software solution for processing Big Data. The challenge then for organizations and IT, is to procure, deploy and effectively integrate all of the elements that constitute the Hadoop ecosystem. To facilitate the process, author Robert Schneider has just released the Hadoop Buyer’s Guide. This eBook, sponsored by Ubuntu, presents a series of guidelines organizations can use in their search for the essential Hadoop infrastructure.