As a result, security and access control continue to be the areas where enterprise satisfaction with Hadoop lags behind traditional databases, he said. In a study by Ventana Research last year, fewer than half of the respondents said they were satisfied with Hadoop encryption and security capabilities, compared to nearly 70 percent who said they were satisfied with the security capabilities of their non-Hadoop database technologies.
"Our Hadoop research shows the biggest gap in satisfaction between Hadoop users and other big data technologies is security," he said.
Nathaniel Rowe, an analyst with the Aberdeen Group said that the security capabilities available with many current Hadoop distributions do not always match enterprise needs.
"Hadoop is a rapidly developing platform," Rowe said. "The way it has taken the big data world by storm is absolutely incredible." But on the security front, it is not always "quite up to snuff," he said.
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