Cloudera links up with Hadoop developer Cask

The partnership includes an unspecified equity investment from Cloudera.
Written by Natalie Gagliordi, Contributor

Hadoop distribution powerhouse Cloudera has partnered with and invested in Cask, a startup that makes an application server for Hadoop.

As part of the partnership, Cloudera and Cask will tie together their open-source frameworks, Cloudera Enterprise and the Cask Data Application Platform (CDAP). Cask also released a new version CDAP with optimizations for Cloudera Enterprise built-in. Specifically, Cloudera customers will be able to install, launch, and monitor CDAP directly from Cloudera Manager.

The partnership also includes an equity investment from Cloudera, although no other details were given. Cloudera will also join Cask's strategic advisory board.

"Over the years, Hadoop has spawned a rich ecosystem of data ingest, analysis, processing, security, and compliance services that make up a true enterprise data hub," said Mike Olson, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Cloudera. "We're seeing an explosion of applications and tools built natively on that platform to help non-technical users get real value from big data. Cask gives developers much better ways to build and deliver those applications. Big data applications will be a major driver of market growth over the next several years, and Cask is in exactly the right place to accelerate that growth."

While Cloudera has already made a name for itself in the Hadoop distro space, Cask is probably less well known. Part of that reason could be due to a recent rebranding, where the company opted to call itself Cask instead of Continuuity. The company was funded by top investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, and Ignition Partners, and is led by former Facebook engineer Jonathan Gray.

As an interesting side note, this past September, Cask appointed Intel executive Boyd Davis as its chief operating officer. While at Intel, Davis managed the chipmaker's Datacenter Software Division, working closely on the deal that led to Intel's $740 million investment in Cloudera nearly a year ago.

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