Teradata's moves are also a sign of the attention that traditional enterprise vendors are paying to Hadoop in recent years. Hadoop started off as Web-indexing technology used by the likes of Yahoo and Google, and is slowly emerging as the file system of choice for enterprise big data applications.
Enterprises have liked Hadoop for its ability to handle really massive volumes of structured and unstructured data in a more efficient manner than traditional relational database management systems.
Though the technology continues to be challenging to integrate and hard to use, interest in Hadoop remains strong, not just among enterprises but also among investors who see it as the next big thing in the data management space.
Just this week for instance, Hortonworks received $50 million in venture capital funding from several existing and new investors. The company is believed to have raised more than $70 million from investors so far.
Hortonwork rivals like Cloudera and MapR too have been attracting large sums from venture capitalists in recent months. The Wall Street Journal estimates that Cloudera has so far raised more than $140 million in venture funding, while MapR has received about $75 million.
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