|Headquarters||Palo Alto, California|
Cloudera's open-source Apache Hadoop distribution, CDH (Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop), targets enterprise-class deployments of that technology. Cloudera says that more than 50% of its engineering output is donated upstream to the various Apache-licensed open source projects (Apache Hive, Apache Avro, Apache HBase, and so on) that combine to form the Hadoop platform. Cloudera is also a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation. The preferred demonym for an employee of Cloudera is "Clouderan."
History and investors
The launch of Cloudera was announced by The New York Times, which called Cloudera "the quintessential Silicon Valley story". That article's author explained how three top engineers from Google, Yahoo and Facebook (Christophe Bisciglia, Amr Awadallah and Jeff Hammerbacher, respectively) had joined with a former Oracle executive (Mike Olson) to "tackle the problems inherent in quickly analyzing big piles of data."
In March 2009, Cloudera announced the availability of Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop in conjunction with a $5-million capital injection led by Accel Partners. In 2011, the company raised a further $40 million from Ignition Partners, Accel Partners, Greylock Partners, Meritech Capital Partners, and In-Q-Tel.
Cloudera offers software, services and support in three different bundles:
- Cloudera Enterprise - includes CDH and an annual subscription license (per node) to Cloudera Manager and technical support
- Cloudera Enterprise Free - includes CDH and Cloudera Manager Free Edition (CM Free Edition somewhat limited functionality)
- CDH may also be downloaded from Cloudera's website at no charge, but with no technical support nor Cloudera Manager
CDH contains the main, core elements of Hadoop that provide reliable, scalable distributed data processing of large data sets (chiefly MapReduce and HDFS), as well as other enterprise-oriented components that provide security, high availability, and integration with hardware and other software.
In Oct. 2012, Cloudera announced the Impala project, an open-source distributed query engine for Apache Hadoop.
Cloudera's management team includes:
- CEO Tom Reilly was formerly vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Previous to HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight, which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through a successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. Before ArcSight, Tom was vice president of business information services for IBM, following the acquisition of Trigo Technologies Inc., a master data management (MDM) software company, where he had served as CEO.
- Chief strategy officer (CSO) Mike Olson. Co-founded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013 when he took on his current role. Was formerly the CEO of Sleepycat Software, the creator of the open-source embedded database engine Berkeley DB (acquired by Oracle in 2006). Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software.
- COO Kirk Dunn was formerly CEO of PowerFile, Inc. (acquired by Hitachi LG Data Storage) and Bang Networks Inc. He also has held positions at Inktomi, Network Equipment Technologies, Inc., and IBM.
- CTO Dr. Amr Awadallah was formerly VP of Product Intelligence Engineering at Yahoo, where he ran one of the first business units using Hadoop for data analysis.
- Chief Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher conceived and led the "data team" at Facebook, which used Hadoop as a platform for building strategic analytic applications involving massive volumes of user data.
- Architect Doug Cutting, also currently chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, authored the open-source Lucene and Nutch search technologies before he wrote the initial Hadoop codebase in 2004. He designed and managed a production Hadoop storage and analysis cluster at Yahoo! before joining Cloudera in 2009.
- In April 2010, Chief Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher was named a "Best Young Tech Entrepreneur" by Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
- In June 2012, received Morgan Stanley's "CTO Award for Innovation".
- In August 2012, CRN named Cloudera among the "The 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors For 2012".
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