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Apache Hadoop has gained considerable attention from the enterprise IT community as a data analytics alternative to traditional BI systems and data warehousing. And while this is not the only alternative currently available, it has become highly visible.
However, with heightened visibility comes heightened scrutiny. Hadoop’s shortcomings have also become more visible to enterprise IT administrators who have expressed concern over data integrity, system resiliency, ease of use, and maintainability. Now, a growing number of enterprise IT‐centric vendors are responding to the opportunity to offer a Hadoop‐based data analytics solution that conforms to the demands of a production data center environment. Here we review one such solution that has resulted from a partnership between NetApp and Cloudera, the commercial face of Apache Hadoop.