MapR Technologies announced a "comprehensive" set of data connections for Apache Hadoop, a project run by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) that develops open source software for scalable, distributed computing and often associated with big data. The data connections, according to the press release, enable a “wide range of data ingress and egress alternatives for customers,” including direct file-based access using standard tools; direct database connectivity; Hadoop-specific connectors via Sqoop, Flume and Hive; and access to popular data warehouses and applications using custom connectors.

In January 2011, ASF released the 1.0 version of Hadoop. The project, which is now more than six years old, is used by companies including Amazon Web Services, AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, foursquare, HP, LinkedIn, Netflix, The New York Times, Rackspace and Twitter. According to ASF, Yahoo is the biggest Hadoop user, with more than 42,000 nodes managed.

Technology providers Pentaho and Talend have entered into “alliance partnerships” with MapR to provide direct integration with MapR’s Distribution. MapR has also entered into a partnership with data warehouse and business intelligence firm Tableau Software to promote MapR’s Hadoop data connection options.

“These partnerships deliver a wide range of connectivity capabilities for Big Data analytics,” said Jack Norris, VP of marketing for MapR, in a prepared statement. “Customers benefit from the ability to easily integrate leading data warehousing and business intelligence platforms with Hadoop and the deep integration, dependability, ease of use and performance of the MapR Distribution.”

MapR is an enterprise software firm focused exclusively on Apache Hadoop. Last August it raised $20 million in Series B funding led by Redpoint Ventures.

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