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All Are Valuable Members of Hadoop Community says Cloudera CEO

All Are Valuable Members of Hadoop Community says Cloudera CEO

Within three months of his taking over the leadership of the company, CEO Cloudera Tom Reilly has already visualized where the company is headed.

Cloudera CEO Tom ReillyAccording to him, one needs to have a strong and far-sighted vision for the company if it is to compete against the likes of Hortonworks and MapR for a share of the pie in the highly evolving Hadoop market.

Despite the tough competition, Reilly remains a well wisher for his rivals, whom he views as valuable members of the Hardoop community. His message to his employees is also the same – consider all your competitors as valuable contributors for the success of the community.

Interestingly, Reilly credits Hortonworks, one of the fellow startups and rivals, for driving the development of YARN, which has provided the much needed impetus to every major player in Hardoop.

He also affirmed that the real competition his company faces is from information giants such as Pivotal and IBM, and not other start up rivals.

Cloudera’s CEO was a little shy in sharing details about the change of focus of his company. He has kept the details safe for a public announcement during the Hadoop World conference to be held next week.

Nevertheless, industry watchers estimate that Reilly’s plans for Cloudera are bigger than before. He doesn’t want the company to become just another Hadoop distribution company. With an ever growing list of features and over 700 partners, he aims to make it a data giant that delivers real value to enterprises.

When confronted on the question of Hortonworks luring away Spotify from Cloudera, Reilly has altogether a different take. He confesses that the development surely hurt from a public relations perspective, but it’s not something that will pull the company’s shoulders down.

All Are Valuable Members of Hadoop Community says Cloudera CEO

He explained that Spotify wanted a comprehensive enterprise support and was no longer interested in making use of the free version of Cloudera’s software. Along with Hortonworks, his company too listed a price for the deal. However, Hortonworks managed to put up a slightly better contract and Cloudera didn’t try to match it intentionally, claiming it didn’t make good business sense for them.

Reilly appears too outlandish when he states that the deal didn’t matter much to them and Spotify only managed to earn a low priced vendor with this contract. But deep within, Reilly knows that in order to make his company ride towards profitability, he needs to turn out better than his competitors.

Experts believe that even though Cloudera has a lot on its platter, the 800 pound Hardoop startup can’t distance itself from the present competition.

Unless the company takes a big leap to stand in line with information giants, it will have to live with the image of a Hardoop startup.