Friends on the Move: Hadoop, AOL & PayPal

With two major acquisitions announced today — the $420 million acquisition of SpringSource by VMware and Facebook buying Friendfeed for $50 million, I almost forgot to note that two good friends of this blog have switched jobs.

  • Doug Cutting, creator of open-source software framework Hadoop,has left Yahoo (s YHOO) to join Cloudera, a Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that is commercializing Hadoop. The center of gravity of the Hadoop ecosystem moved to Cloudera today with the addition of Cutting. I’m not surprised he’s joining the startup: Cloudera is made up of Hadoop believers such as Christophe Bisciglia, who created and led Google’s academic cloud computing initiative; Dr. Amr Awadallah, Yahoo’s former VP of engineering; and Jeff Hammerbacher, formerly of Facebook. It was only a matter of time before Doug joined his peeps.
    I first met Doug over a year ago when we hosted our Hadoop meet-up. It was fun to learn about Hadoop and its potential from him. “Going forward, Cloudera presents an opportunity to work with a wider range of Hadoop users. At Cloudera I will be well positioned to help it mature,” he writes on his blog.
  • Naveed Anwar, who spent over 12 years at AOL, was a regular fixture at most major web events. In his role as director of AOL’s developer network, he was out trying to get developers to focus on the company. Talk about a thankless job. Now with the company getting ready for a spin-off from parent Time Warner, Anwar has switched jobs. He’s now heading up the developer network at PayPal, where he’s going to do, what else? Get developers to use the PayPal platform.

Yahoo Touts Its Tweaked Version of Hadoop

At the Hadoop Summit in Silicon Valley today, Yahoo (s yhoo) announced the availability of the Yahoo Distribution of Hadoop, a source-only version of Apache Hadoop that Yahoo uses within its own search engine.

That’s more good news for Cloudera, a Burlingame, Calif-based startup that builds commercial services around Hadoop. We reported last week that the company’s distribution has been gaining a lot of traction lately and received $6 million in Series B funding.

Jeff Hammerbacher, Cloudera chief scientist, and Raj Patel, Yahoo vice president of networks, systems and storage engineering, will be at GigaOM’s upcoming Structure 09 conference.

Cloudera CEO: Hadoop Will Go Beyond Web Apps

Hadoop is going to find potential markets in any industry where there are large data sets that need complex analysis,” Mike Olson, chief executive officer and one of the four co-founders of Cloudera, the startup that’s commercializing the open-source software framework Hadoop, told me earlier today. I spoke with Olson after the Burlingame, Calif.-based company said it had raised $6 million in new Series B funding from Greylock Partners and Accel Partners.

From the analysis of point-of-sale data to genomics data, the opportunities for Hadoop are plentiful, Olson said. 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. Read More about Cloudera CEO: Hadoop Will Go Beyond Web Apps

Cloudera, a Hadoop-focused Startup, Gets $6M In New Funding

hadoop-logoCloudera, a Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that is building commercial services around open-source software framework Hadoop, has closed $6 million in Series B funding, bringing the total raised by the company to $11 million. The latest round of funding was led by Greylock Partners. Current investor Accel Partners also participated in this round. Cloudera’s other investors include Diane Greene (former CEO of VMware) and Marten Mickos (former CEO of MySQL). Cloudera was started in 2008 by Mike Olson; Christophe Bisciglia, who created and led Google’s academic cloud computing initiative; Dr. Amr Awadallah, Yahoo’s VP of engineering; and Jeff Hammerbacher, formerly with Facebook. (Related posts: The Data Mining Renaissance and Supercomputers, Hadoop, MapReduce and the Return to a Few Big Computers)

Hadoop-Focused Startup Cloudera Raises $5 Million

Cloudera, a Burlingame, Calif-based company offering services around the open source software framework Hadoop, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Accel Partners. It has also attracted funding from seasoned infrastructure executive and Web veterans such as Caterina Fake (co-founder, Flickr), Dr. Qi Lu (president of the Online Services Group, Microsoft), Marten Mickos (former CEO, MySQL) and Jeff Weiner (president, LinkedIn). The company is also releasing Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop, a simpler version of Hadoop software.

Hadoop is a software framework that supports data intensive distributed applications running on large clusters of commodity computers and was inspired by two key Google technologies — MapReduce and Google File System. The company was started in 2008 by Mike Olson, former CEO at open source database pioneer Sleepycat Software; Christophe Bisciglia, who created and led Google’s Academic Cloud Computing Initiative; Dr. Amr Awadallah, Yahoo’s VP of engineering; and Jeff Hammerbacher, formerly with Facebook.

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