Cloudera Connect Partner Program Drives Thriving Big Data Ecosystem

Jun/05/2012

Industry’s Top Ecosystem of Apache Hadoop-based Solutions Signs 250 Partners in First Ten Months Since Commencement of Program

PALO ALTO, CA – June 5, 2012 – Cloudera, the category leader that is setting the standard for Apache Hadoop in the enterprise, today announced a significant milestone in the Cloudera Connect™ Partner Program, signing its 250th partner since the program commenced in August 2011. Membership in the Cloudera Connect Partner Program continues to grow rapidly across a broad range of independent hardware vendors (IHVs), independent software vendors (ISVs), technology companies, OEMs, VARs, systems integrators (SIs), services partners and training partners from the Unites States and worldwide. It is the largest and fastest growing Big Data ecosystem and is focused on both accelerating the building of new applications on the Apache Hadoop platform and promoting mainstream adoption of Cloudera’s solutions built on the Hadoop stack.

“Big Data will require a big ecosystem to make its way into the enterprise,” said Tony Baer, principal analyst at Ovum. “Enterprises demand a marketplace of tools, skills and services to take advantage of Hadoop. Cloudera is leveraging its early jumpstart in the Hadoop market with an effective partnering program that is showing true results.”

The Cloudera Connect partner program comprises an expansive ecosystem of Big Data in the development, sale, deployment and marketing of commercial solutions built on Cloudera’s Hadoop technology. A landmark for the industry, the Cloudera Connect Partner Program offers valuable content and resources such as Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop knowledge base, developer tools, technical support and training programs, as well as critical sales and marketing resources to accelerate solution integration with Cloudera’s technology. The program offers three multi-tiered partnership tracks – Certified Technology Partner, Authorized Reseller and Authorized Service Provider – each designed to speed the development and adoption of Apache Hadoop-based solutions.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 250th Cloudera Connect Partner to our industry leading program. Our vision for this program is to unite, educate and support a rich ecosystem of technology vendors, resellers and service providers to enable the development and adoption of business applications for Apache Hadoop,” said Tim Stevens, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development for Cloudera. “We’re enthusiastic about the wide adoption of Cloudera’s solutions in the marketplace and we look forward to ongoing collaboration with our partners and continued growth of this important Big Data ecosystem.

Cloudera Connect Partner Program: Benefits of Membership

To learn more about the Cloudera Connect Partner Program or its members, visit http://www.cloudera.com/partners/connect/.

The Cloudera Connect Partner Program represents the industry’s largest ecosystem of Hadoop-based solutions and suppliers and offers companies unprecedented access to a broad set of technical and business resources, including:

  • Industry’s First Certification Program for Apache Hadoop: Cloudera’s self-certification suite is the first of its kind, enabling vendors to test and validate hardware and software for supportable operation within an Apache Hadoop cluster. Cloudera Certified Technologies have been validated to use supported APIs and to comply with current development guidelines for integration with Apache Hadoop. 
  • Partner Portal: Helps partners go from “zero to Hadoop” in minutes. Members receive access to valuable resources, including Cloudera’s Apache Hadoop knowledge base, free technical training resources and access to all Cloudera-issued sales enablement tools and marketing collateral.
  • Partner Solution Spotlight: Provides a multimedia showcase of Apache Hadoop-based offerings from vendors across the ecosystem, making it easy for prospective customers to identify relevant solutions.
  • Technical and Sales Resources: Online training, seminars, engineering support and more.
  • Cloudera Training Discounts: Partner organizations receive significant discounts on Cloudera University Hadoop training and certification programs.
  • Marketing Support: Access to marketing collateral, presentation materials and structured brand-use privileges help increase visibility, validation and value with publicity and joint marketing opportunities.
  • Lead Registration Program: A structured program designed to build a relationship of mutual profitability for partners who resell Cloudera solutions.

Quotes from Cloudera Partners

Canonical
“In the search for Big Data solutions, Ubuntu believes that open source Big Data applications are key to enterprises benefiting from the explosion of data in their networks,” said Steve George, VP Communications and Products at Canonical. “When integrated with Cloudera’s Hadoop technology, Ubuntu is able to harness the power of Apache Hadoop to provide a scalable, stable and secure platform for the data center.”

Datameer
“Our partnership with Cloudera has enabled our joint users to leverage the power of Hadoop and Datameer to analyze customer behavior, detect fraud and protect against internet threats,” said Joe Nicholson, VP of Marketing at Datameer. “Datameer runs seamlessly on CDH so that our business users can focus on analyzing and visualizing data rather than spending time maintaining their Hadoop environment.”

Dell
“Dell is committed to helping customers extract value from data types in less time and with less risk,” said John Igoe, executive director of Dell Cloud and Big Data Solutions. “With Cloudera, we’ve been able to offer the leading distribution of Apache bundled into a Dell-specified reference architecture that combines our industry leading PowerEdge-C servers along with our unique Opensource Provisioning framework, Crowbar, to enable organizations to stand up a Hadoop cluster in 1/10th the time, backed by Dell.”

GoGrid
“GoGrid’s technology is architected to provide businesses with a high-performance cloud infrastructure and carrier-class support system for Big Data workloads,” said Jeffrey Samuels, CMO at GoGrid. “GoGrid and Cloudera joined forces to design an architecture that runs Hadoop-powered solutions in the most cost-effective, scalable and efficient manner available on the market today.”

Hadapt
“Easily installed on Cloudera’s CDH, Hadapt allows customers to use standard SQL to analyze both their structured and unstructured data together in a single platform, without ever having to move data outside of the Hadoop cluster. CDH is widely adopted by our customers, and our membership in the Cloudera Connect Program gives these joint customers the necessary support as they adopt Hadapt’s powerful analytics platform,” said Justin Borgman, CEO of Hadapt.

Karmasphere
“With CDH4 breaking new ground, we see more and more customers turning to Cloudera for their Hadoop solutions,” said Martin Hall, Founder & EVP Corporate Development at Karmasphere. “Through our collaboration with Cloudera, Karmasphere provides an intuitive and powerful way for Cloudera customers to explore and analyze Big Data, quickly access deep, rich insights and make them available to everyone in the business.”

Informatica
“Informatica was one of the first Cloudera technology partners to become certified on CDH and a debut member of the Cloudera Connect Partner Program. Since joining the program, Informatica and Cloudera have worked together to educate IT professionals on Hadoop through webinars, presentations and industry keynotes,” said Sachin Chawla, senior vice president and general manager, data integration, Informatica. “Together, Informatica and Cloudera are making it easier for organizations to dramatically improve their business by leveraging the power of Hadoop.”

Lunexa
“Our clients expect Lunexa to provide the most advanced and scalable Big Data solutions in the market,” said David Cole, Partner at Lunexa. “The Cloudera Connect Partner Program gives Lunexa the tools and skills to meet our clients’ needs for solutions that successfully tame the complexities of their large, growing data sets. We are very excited to be a Cloudera partner and utilize the most comprehensive Hadoop platform available today.”

MicroStrategy
“Cloudera and MicroStrategy share a common goal of enabling organizations to use powerful analytics and data visualization capabilities to extract insight from Big Data stored in Hadoop,” said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy Chief Operating Officer. “As part of the Cloudera Connect Partner Program, MicroStrategy is committed to providing a scalable, user-friendly, and integrated Business Intelligence platform that supports companies in their initiatives to capitalize on exponential data growth and gain a competitive advantage.”

NetApp
“In addition to reducing the cost of enterprise Hadoop deployments for our customers,
Cloudera strengthens our enterprise ready NetApp Open Solution for Hadoop by enabling rapid deployments of Hadoop that are easier for customers to manage and scale,” said Rich Clifton, Senior Vice President, Solutions and Integrations Group for NetApp. “Together, NetApp and Cloudera enable customers to deploy scalable Hadoop clusters with an overall lower total cost of ownership allowing them to gain business advantage from their data.”

NGDATA
“It’s no secret that we have entered into the age of Big Data, and accordingly, the NGDATA Lily data management platform unifies open source systems to leverage its state-of-the-art data processing applications,” said Luc Burgelman, CEO of NGDATA “In partnering with Cloudera, the market-leading Apache Hadoop distributor, NGDATA and Cloudera provide the platform and round-the-clock management tools and support so customers can be Big-Data-ready in a very short period and at all times.”

Oracle
“Oracle’s use of Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop and Cloudera Manager software in the Oracle Big Data Appliance enables us to deliver the full power of Hadoop on an easy-to-deploy and easy-to-use platform,” said George Lumpkin, VP Product Management, Oracle. “Together with Cloudera, Oracle offers a complete end-to-end Big Data platform to our customers.”

Pentaho
“In the quest for instant ROI on Big Data investments, companies face several barriers in providing accurate and timely business analytics to end users,” said Eddie White, EVP of Business Development at Pentaho. “The partnership between Pentaho and Cloudera provides a blueprint for simplifying data management and business intelligence in complex data environments with a robust, feature-rich Hadoop offering.”

Pervasive
“As the first provider of visual predictive analytics products running natively on Hadoop, we have seen time and again that Hadoop is the go-to platform for truly Big Data analytics,” said Mike Hoskins, Pervasive CTO and general manager, Pervasive Big Data Products and Solutions. “Through the Cloudera partnership, we broaden accessibility and reinforce the economics of managing and analyzing big data on Hadoop. Together, we enable more people in more organizations to rapidly discover new insights and deploy operational solutions using Big Data at any scale.”

Revolution Analytics
“Harnessing advanced analytics on unstructured data is inherently a challenging process,” said Jeff Erhardt, Chief Operating Officer, Revolution Analytics. “The partnership between Revolution Analytics and Cloudera provides an intuitive solution to overcome these unique technical challenges and deliver accessible, integrated analytics insight for unstructured data.”

SGI
“For enterprises that need to put data management solutions into production quickly, SGI systems streamline putting Hadoop to work,” said SGI CEO Jorge Titinger. “Together, Cloudera and SGI form a complete, end-to-end solution for businesses to quickly deploy the power of Apache Hadoop in large scale and performance-intensive environments.”

Tableau

“Tableau’s partnership with Cloudera enables us to stay on the forefront of Hadoop developments and Big Data analytics,” said Dan Jewett, Vice President of Product Management at Tableau Software. “The Cloudera Connector for Tableau has allowed our users to easily expand the volume of datasets they manipulate and extract valuable insights from data no matter how big or complex.”

Teradata
“Our partnership with Cloudera has allowed Teradata customers to more easily integrate high volumes of data from their Hadoop environment into the Teradata Analytical Ecosystem,” said Todd Sylvester, vice president, product management, Teradata. “Using Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop, Teradata users are able to funnel unstructured data collected from many online sources into a Teradata data warehouse or Teradata Aster discovery platform, where it can be converted to actionable and operational insights to help gain a competitive advantage.”

WibiData
“The ability to collect and analyze large-scale data is changing how many companies react to their customers. Applications and services are growing increasingly responsive to their users, through the use of predictive analytics and intelligent recommendations,” said Aaron Kimball, Chief Technical Officer, WibiData. “We are excited to partner with Cloudera, because CDH provides a solid foundation for deploying personalized products and services built with WibiData.”

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), available to download for free at www.cloudera.com/downloads, 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, organizations can subscribe to Cloudera Enterprise, comprised of Cloudera Manager software and Cloudera Support. Cloudera also offers training and certification on Apache technologies, as well as consulting services. 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. www.cloudera.com

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