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To understand what drives our technology, one must first take a look under the hoodie.

Cloudera was founded in 2008 by some of the brightest minds at Silicon Valley’s leading companies—including Google (Christophe Bisciglia), Yahoo! (Amr Awadallah), Oracle (Mike Olson), and Facebook (Jeff Hammerbacher). Doug Cutting, co-creator of Hadoop, joined the company in 2009 as Chief Architect and remains in that role. Today, Cloudera has over 1,600 employees across the globe–each one with their own hoodie.

Our data points

Year Founded 2008
Founders (previous affiliation)

Mike Olson (Oracle)
Amr Awadallah (Yahoo!)
Jeff Hammerbacher (Facebook)
Christophe Bisciglia (Google)


Market The modern platform for machine learning and advanced analytics
Business Model Hybrid Open Source Software
Primary Capital $670 million pre-IPO
$259 million gross IPO proceeds
$929 million
Support 24x7 global
Partner Ecosystem 2,600+
Global Operations 28 countries
Investors Investor Relations
Headquarters Palo Alto, CA

Nerd cred


Apache Hadoop Committer Seats


Apache Project Management Committee (PMC) Seats


Number of Certified Solutions


Number of Hadoop Ecosystem Projects Founded



All information as of October 31, 2016.

1Apache Avro, Apache BigTop, Apache Crunch, Apache Flume, Apache HBase, HDFS, Apache Hive, Hue, Apache Impala (incubating), Impyla, Kite SDK, Apache Lucene / Solr, MapReduce, Oryx, MRUnit, Pandas, Apache Parquet, Apache Sentry, Apache Sqoop, Apache Whirr, Apache ZooKeeper, Apache HTrace (incubating), Livy, Ibis, Apache Kudu (incubating), and RecordService.

2Number of people trained in face-to-face classes (Cloudera also delivers Hadoop training through a Massively Open Online Course [MOOC] developed in conjunction with Udacity).

Don't just take our word for it

When we were managing Apache Spark and Kafka in-house, we had issues with corrupt messages and the pipeline failing. With Cloudera’s expertise, we’ve been able to solve those problems.

Jeremy Kayne, CTO, Bidtellect

Cloudera is best of breed in support and services, and enables us to help our clients move further up in the sophistication of their social marketing.

Matthew Bartholomew, Senior Manager, DevOps, Simply Measured

One of our customers has about nine billion records in the search engine which we can search in seconds.

Kathleen deValk, Chief Architect, Cloud Services, Omneo, Siemens PLM Software