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What's the big deal about Hadoop?

Todd R. Weiss | Feb. 15, 2012
Hadoop is all the rage, it seems. With more than 150 enterprises of various sizes using it -- including major companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Google and Yahoo -- it may seem inevitable that the open-source Big Data management system will land in your shop, too.

"We do see unique technology challenges at our scale and with our extreme data," Williams explains, among them architecting data centers, designing a network to support Hadoop and choosing the right hardware.

Overall, Hadoop has been a good strategy for eBay, Williams says. "For us it's been an absolute game changer. It's what our engineers want to use and it's really helped us become a really data-driven company."


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