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Hadoop Deployments: Slow to Grow So Far

by Merv Adrian  |  December 5, 2014  |  3 Comments

How have Hadoop deployments grown this year? Slowly.

Here’s a little anecdata for you:

During 2014, my colleague Nick Heudecker and I conducted quarterly webinars on the State of Hadoop, and in the Q2, Q3 and Q4 sessions we asked our (steadily growing) audience about their deployments via online polls. These results should not be considered definitive (they’re unqualified – though attendees do have to jump through a hoop or two to attend, we don’t keep extensive firmographics, titles, etc.)

What we saw was a decrease in the percentage of respondents who said they had not deployed at all by yearend. As for the other categories, which asked how many nodes were deployed, only one showed much change – the “fewer than 10” group grew to 27% at yearend – a 50% growth over the Q2 result of 18%. This suggests a growing number of pilots – which accords with our expectations. The other groups were essentially flat, suggesting no dramatic growth in substantial projects undertaken so far, or substantial additional projects being added to the same cluster and driving growth.


Percentage of webinar respondents reporting cluster sizes, 2014

Nick and I expect to continue these webinars. See you next year, and we’ll see how things have progressed.

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Merv Adrian
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Merv Adrian is an analyst following database and adjacent technologies as extreme data transforms assumptions about what to persist as well as when, where and how. He also watches the way the software/hardware boundary… Read Full Bio

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