What is Hadoop and how might it fit in your organisation?

The technology that powers your social networks, your favourite search engines, your online gaming experience and your anti-spam services is provocatively accessible to every enterprise, thanks to an open source project named after a child’s stuffed toy.
Apache Hadoop is the open source release of a technology that preceded just about every data storage and analytics tool that has since been labelled ‘big data’.
It is – in many respects – the foundation of new types of services we’ve never seen before, and many businesses have quickly found themselves playing catch up for fear of being left behind. While we don’t all have the unique technology requirements of a Google or a Facebook, any IT shop with terabytes of data streaming in from every direction will find it a useful tool.

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