We’re seeing more and more enterprises deploy Hadoop and NoSQL databases together to solve big data challenges. This model is simply an extension of the types of data integrations we already see with Hadoop. Many of our customers today already deploy architectures that process and analyze several years’ worth of relational data on Hadoop. Now the innovative data-driven organizations are pushing their NoSQL data into Hadoop as well to benefit from the power of divide-and-conquer with MapReduce (as well as from the other processing technologies in the Hadoop ecosystem).
To make the Hadoop/NoSQL integration work well, you need the right tools. That’s why we are pleased to have entered a partnership with MongoDB. As part of this partnership, MongoDB has certified its Connector for Hadoop with the MapR Distribution, which gives MongoDB users a validated and supported technology for delivering their data to the top-ranked distribution for Hadoop.
MongoDB, one of the pioneers in the NoSQL movement, is a widely popular cross-platform document-oriented database. Since its introduction, it has been adopted as backend software by a number of major websites and services, including Craigslist, eBay, Foursquare, SourceForge, Viacom, and the New York Times, among others. MongoDB eschews the traditional, rigid, relational database structure in favor of JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas (MongoDB calls the format BSON), making the integration of data in certain types of applications easier and faster.
Now customers who use MongoDB for live operations can move their data to MapR for analytics and export any data back to MongoDB using the connector. There are many Hadoop uses cases where the connector could be used, such as customer analysis, churn prediction, fraud detection, user segmentation, and recommendation engines.
The MongoDB Connector for Hadoop that is certified for the MapR Distribution is available now in the MapR App Gallery. And of course, I should mention that both MapR and MongoDB have free versions of their software you can download, in case you haven’t already experienced the power of these two great big data technologies. You can get the free MapR Community Edition here.