Cloudera scores analytics-as-a-service deal with Germany’s T-Systems

Cloudera’s Hadoop implementation just got a big boost through a strategic partnership with Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems, one of Europe’s biggest IT services companies. This would appear to be one of the first results of Cloudera’s freshly-funded international enterprise push.
The two companies are touting analytics-as-a-service using Cloudera Enterprise RTQ, featuring the Impala SQL query engine, on top of T-Systems’ existing cloud computing infrastructure. The package is available immediately for T-Systems’ European customers, while those outside Europe will get access in due course.
“Our customers don’t want to have to worry about the hardware and software for big data,” claimed T-Systems BI and big data chief Christian Wirth in a statement. “They don’t want technology, just a reliable service. We can offer precisely this — which is what makes our new offer with Cloudera so special.”
T-Systems counts big names such as Volkswagen and Royal Dutch Shell among its customers, so this is a significant deal for Cloudera. Cloudera’s is the go-to Hadoop distribution right now, but its position may not be unassailable: EMC(s emc)’s GreenPlum division recently revamped its distribution by fusing it with its own analytics database, and even Intel(s intc) now has a distribution out there.