Intel backs Cloudera in crowded Hadoop distro race

Intel on Thursday said it made a significant investment in Cloudera, making the startup its preferred distributor of software for Big Data.

Intel has jettisoned plans for its own Hadoop distribution and invested in Cloudera, a leading player in the space. What a difference a few months makes.

The move at least partially reverses a rush into Hadoop by hardware players.

Cloudera will develop and optimize Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) for Intel architecture as its preferred platform and support a range of next-generation technologies including Intel fabrics, flash memory and security. In turn, Intel will market and promote CDH and Cloudera Enterprise to its customers as its preferred Hadoop platform, accoridng to Intel's announcement. 

Intel will also have a presence on the board of directors of Cloudera, which is expected to go public this year. In a statement, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group, said:

By aligning the Cloudera and Intel roadmaps, we are creating the platform of choice for big data analytics. We expect to accelerate industry adoption of the Hadoop data platform and enable companies to mine their data for insights that inform the business.

Intel said the stake in Cloudera is its largest ever data center technology investment, but details as to the size of the deal were not disclosed. 

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