Why Open Source Matters


When Cloudera’s chief architect Doug Cutting founded the Apache Hadoop project, it was with an open source vision firmly in mind.

Since Cloudera's inception in 2008, we have been strongly committed to a community-driven, open source, Hadoop-based platform based on open standards.

Cloudera Brings Open Source Benefits to Customers

These benefits of open source--most important, freedom from lock-in--are powerful and time-tested. That said, they are just “table stakes” when deploying a strategic open source platform like Hadoop.

Cloudera also leads the way to support the entire open source platform for customers, not just the core (HDFS + MapReduce/YARN), and to ensure that customer needs for multitenant performance, availability, and security are met by the Apache code base.

With far more customers in production and far more enterprise experience than any other Hadoop vendor, Cloudera is uniquely qualified to understand their needs and has proven to be the best partner for meeting them.

Commitment to Open Standards

Even with this deep and broad involvement in the open ecosystem, freedom from platform lock-in would not be guaranteed without an equally strong commitment to open standards.

An “open standard” is a platform component that is shipped and supported by multiple vendors. These standards emerge on the basis of their widespread adoption by users and other open support projects such that commercial vendors then prioritize support and certification for them. 

Cloudera is the main shipper and supporter of open standards in the ecosystem – in fact, every major component in CDH is shipped by at least one other vendor in addition to Cloudera. 

Facts About Cloudera & Open Source

  • Cloudera is the first and original source of a supported, 100% open source Hadoop distribution (CDH) – which has been downloaded more than all others combined.
  • Cloudera has contributed more code and features to the Hadoop ecosystem, not just the core (HDFS, MapReduce/YARN), and shipped more of them, than any competitor.
  • Cloudera employs the most contributors and committers across the entire ecosystem, not just the core.
  • Cloudera employees have founded more (19) successful Hadoop ecosystem projects than any competitor.
  • Approximately 52% of all Hadoop-related tickets that are closed/resolved by a distribution vendor employee are assigned to Cloudera employees (source: Apache JIRA), and our support engineers are omnipresent on project mailing lists (and in some cases, write patches themselves).
  • Cloudera engineers currently occupy nearly 90 Apache Committer seats across all Hadoop projects and several employees are ASF Members (the foundation’s highest level of merit).

Read more about Cloudera's Commitment to Open Source and Open Standards in this White Paper