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Labs to Accelerate Solutions on the Leading Edge of Adoption and Nurture New Innovations


PALO ALTO, Calif., October 29, 2014 – Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop™, announced the formation of Cloudera Labs, a virtual center for fostering innovations in incubation within Cloudera’s engineering R&D, and fast-tracking promising open source initiatives on the leading edge of adoption. The goal of Cloudera Labs is to bring more use cases, productivity, and value to developers by seeking and exploring new solutions to their problems through the development of future standard technologies that will power the Hadoop ecosystem.


“Great ideas start with a spark of innovation," said Charles Zedlewski, vice president, Products at Cloudera. “To realize their true potential, projects often benefit from a collaborative approach where they can be explored and developed more deeply – and looked at from every angle. As our roots are deeply embedded in the open source community and driving open standards, the desire to foster, nurture, collaborate, and bring to market solutions that our customers require runs deep. We’ve formed Cloudera Labs to do that at an accelerated rate.”


Cloudera Labs initiatives may extend to include integration between CDH and new ecosystem projects as well as features, tools, and connectors. Efforts in this area are evident by the company’s engineering work already with Apache Parquet, Apache DataFu, and Apache Spark.


One of the most promising projects under way across the Hadoop ecosystem is Apache Kafka, a highly-scalable, fault-tolerant publish-subscribe messaging system. Kafka, founded and in production at LinkedIn, can broker terabytes of data from thousands of users across a single cluster serving as the backbone for any large organization. Kafka is already well integrated with systems like Spark Streaming. As a Labs initiative, Cloudera will explore Kafka further in support of applications that would immediately benefit from such elasticity, scale, and performance using a distributed messaging system.


For more information about Cloudera Labs initiatives including early work and exploration with RecordBreaker, Hive-on-Spark Integration, Exhibit, and Oryx, or to submit a proposal for Labs incubation, visit


About Cloudera

Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified Platform for big data, an enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, access, process, secure, and analyze all their data, empowering them to extend the value of existing investments while enabling fundamental new ways to derive value from their data. Cloudera's open source big data platform is the most widely adopted in the world, and Cloudera is the most prolific contributor to the open source Hadoop ecosystem. As the leading educator of Hadoop professionals, Cloudera has trained over 40,000 individuals worldwide. Over 1,700 partners and a seasoned professional services team help deliver greater time to value. Leading organizations in every industry plus top public sector organizations globally run Cloudera in production.

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