Despite HPCC Systems' pedigree and apparent long-term success as an operational system for LexisNexis, it will have an uphill battle in the broader marketplace, according to Forrester Research analyst James Kobielus.
"I don't doubt [HPCC Systems] does what they say it does, but they're late to the game. I don't know that they are going to get a lot of traction, because a lot of vendors and users have placed their bets with Hadoop," he said.
LexisNexis will also be hindered by the fact that it is not a database or data warehousing company, and despite its claims about HPCC Systems' capabilities, the company "is not going to win a performance battle against the whole Hadoop community," Kobielus said. "Venture capital money is going into startups left and right to involve that community."
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