Cloudera is partnering with Quest Software to develop and distribute an Oracle connector for Hadoop, an open-source implementation of MapReduce. The tool is designed for deep analysis and transformation of very large data sets, CNET reports. It enables its users to explore complex data using custom analyses tailored to users' information and questions.
Code-named "Ora-Oop," the connector will provide connectivity between Cloudera's Hadoop distribution and Oracle through an interface that allows for bidirectional, scalable, and functional data transfer. Ora-Oop is designed to compliment Sqoop, an open-source tool packaged within CDH designed to import data from relational databases into Hadoop, according to a Cloudera statement. Hadoop mimics GFS, Google's distributed file system, and MapReduce, Mountain View's distributed number-crunching platform, The Register notes. The Ora-Oop connector will be freely available on both www.cloudera.com and www.quest.com.
"Cloudera has emerged as a Hadoop thought leader in the industry, and working together, we want to educate the Oracle community and existing customers on the value of Hadoop technology," says Billy Bosworth, VP and general manager for Enterprise Database at Quest, in a statement. "While the first step of this partnership is to enable Hadoop developers to get fast, reliable access to Oracle data, we look forward to an ongoing collaborative effort to help bring both the enterprise and database professional into the future with Hadoop."
From the analysis of point-of-sale data to genomics data, the opportunities for Hadoop are plentiful, Mike Olson, CEO and one of the four co-founders of Cloudera, recently told Om Malik of Gigaom. Bioinformatics and pharmaceuticals are emerging as big opportunities for Hadoop, which first found favor with Web 2.0 and social networking applications looking to optimize advertising.