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  • 8 November 2011 10:24

Enterprise Customers Gain Business Insight and Competitive Advantage with NetApp and Cloudera

NetApp and Cloudera Partner to Speed Deployment, Simplify Manageability, and Reduce Costs of Enterprise Hadoop Infrastructures

SYDNEY, Australia —November 8, 2011 — Global competition today is generating more, bigger, and more complex data than ever before, from point-of-sale data to mobile phone data to scientific and market research information. There is an opportunity for enterprise customers to exploit new ways to manage and analyse this data to spark innovation, make better decisions, and drive successful outcomes that will create a competitive business advantage. Apache Hadoop has emerged to process and analyse large, complex datasets in distributed computing environments and help businesses improve insight into their growing data.

NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) today announced a preconfigured, ready-to-deploy solution called NetApp® Open Solution for Hadoop that will enable customers to maximise the value of their enterprise Hadoop implementations with improved flexibility and performance and lower total cost of ownership. NetApp and Cloudera, Inc., teamed to distribute Cloudera’s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Enterprise, a subscription service comprised of Cloudera Support and Hadoop management software, with NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop to speed enterprise deployment and production use of Apache Hadoop.

NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop Removes Barriers to Analysing Data

NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop is a packaged, ready-to-deploy modular Hadoop cluster for enterprise Hadoop deployments, with the following features and benefits:

• Rapid deployment and simple scalability

• Higher overall cluster performance

• Reduced costs by providing self-healing technology, hardware RAID, and global spare drives

• Lower total cost of ownership

NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop provides customers with the access and analytics to mine value from their data and to extract profit from their big-data assets. Customers can leverage their existing server and database systems for analytics on extremely large datasets and maximise the return on investment of their data over time. Now customers have a pathway to start with Hadoop.

“Customers are looking for business advantages from the wealth of their unstructured data. Today, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Rich Clifton, senior vice president and general manager, NetApp Technology Enablement and Solutions Organisation. “NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop will help customers get answers fast and process more, as well as provide the reliability and performance that our customers have come to expect from NetApp.”

NetApp and Cloudera Deliver Best-in-Class Hadoop Solution

NetApp and Cloudera give organisations an open, nonproprietary solution that is highly scalable and offers enterprise storage features that improve performance and reduce costs. Joint customers can leverage Hadoop to accelerate adoption of analytic applications that deliver real-time results across intense data and computational workloads. Together, NetApp and Cloudera are delivering an open solution that enables a best-in-class partner-based solution stack.

CDH is a major enabler for the enterprise adoption and production use of Apache Hadoop. Enterprises can manage the complete operational lifecycle of their Apache Hadoop systems because CDH facilitates deep visibility into Hadoop clusters. It also automates the ongoing system changes needed to maintain and improve the quality of operations.

“More applications work on CDH than any other Hadoop distribution, and Cloudera is real-world proven by a broad range of companies across many verticals. By partnering with NetApp, customers now have more choices and the ability to deploy an open Hadoop solution with a leading storage vendor,” said Ed Albanese, head of Business Development for Cloudera. “We’re excited about the increasing diversity of architectures that enables Hadoop to be used in more places and deliver greater infrastructure efficiency, predictability, and simplicity.”

“NetApp has a long history of supporting open standards and giving our customers the flexibility and efficiency they need to drive results from their data. Our strategy for Hadoop is no different, and we will give customers choice for their Hadoop implementations, from enterprise-class to open-source Apache Hadoop solutions,” said Clifton. “Cloudera strengthens our enterprise-ready NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop, and together we make deployment of enterprise Hadoop easier, simplify management, and reduce the cost of deployments.”

NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop Availability

The NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop includes both the NetApp E-Series Storage platform and the FAS platform to deliver the performance and data management capabilities customers require for their enterprise Hadoop implementations. NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop will be available in December 2011 through NetApp direct sales. For more information, visit

About NetApp

NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions that deliver outstanding cost efficiency and accelerate business breakthroughs. Our commitment to living our core values and consistently being recognised as a great place to work around the world are fundamental to our long-term growth and success, as well as the success of our pathway partners and customers. Discover our passion for helping companies around the world go further, faster at

About Cloudera

Cloudera, the leader in Apache Hadoop-based software and services, enables data driven enterprises to easily derive business value from all their structured and unstructured data. Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) is available to download for free at and is the most comprehensive, tested, stable and widely deployed distribution of Hadoop in commercial and non-commercial environments. For the fastest path to reliably using this completely open source technology in production for Big Data analytics and answering previously un-addressable big questions, organisations can subscribe to Cloudera Enterprise, comprised of Cloudera Support and a portfolio of software including Cloudera Management Suite. Cloudera also offers consulting services, training and certification on Apache technologies. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and with tens of thousands of nodes under management across customers in financial services, government, telecommunications, media, web, advertising, retail, energy, bioinformatics, pharma/healthcare, university research, oil and gas and gaming, Cloudera's depth of experience and commitment to sharing expertise are unrivaled.

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