From Smartphones to Hadoop Distros - Why Apps Are King

Last time you bought a smartphone, what factors did you consider?  You probably first evaluated the phone itself, like how well the camera could capture your kid’s special moments, or if there is enough storage to hold the full Rolling Stones collection in lossless format.  You then looked at whether the services you already use and trust are supported, like the Netflix app for binging on House of Cards, or your bank’s app for catching up on bills at the end of the month.  In the end, you chose the phone that had both the features and compatibility you needed.

In my experience, when organizations are evaluating Hadoop they approach the decision in the same way.  First, they look for performance in order to make business decisions faster, and high availability and disaster recovery features to keep valuable data safe. Then, they confirm that the tools and applications their employees are familiar with will work with the new technology.  “Can my developers continue to write applications using languages they’re familiar with, like R?”  “Can my business analysts continue whipping up dashboards with Tableau?”  “Can I share my data between analytics applications like Skytree and operational databases like HP Vertica?”  This often takes considerable time.

Until now, identifying the application ecosystem for a given distribution of Hadoop has not been easy.  Sure, everyone lists their partnerships.  Some vendors out there list over 100 logos of companies they’ve shaken hands with, but what does that mean to customers who want to deploy a solution?  The real information you want to know isn’t what partners a vendor has, it’s what specific applications work on their platform, what versions have been tested, and what the integration actually looks like.  To give customers this level of visibility, we’re excited to introduce Hadoop’s first App Gallery.

In App Gallery, we showcase the actual applications you want to use with MapR, along with all of the details you need to implement them.  We include the standard description and screenshots, but also dive into which versions of the application work with MapR, provide instructions on how to get it set up, and where to go if you hit an issue.  We’re launching with some great apps from 28 of our closest partners, spanning everything from analytics and data integration apps to developer apps and frameworks to administration and security apps.

If you are a developer and have an app, you are free to directly submit new applications to be listed in the App Gallery.  No in-person meetings, no complex partnership agreements, no lawyers - just showing off great technology that works together.  Let the big data application ecosystem grow!


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