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MapR Adds Complete Apache Spark Stack to its Distribution for Hadoop

MapR Technologies, Inc., provider of the top-ranked distribution for Apache Hadoop, today announced a strategic partnership with Databricks and the addition of the complete Apache Spark technology stack to the MapR Distribution. The Spark in-memory processing framework provides speed, programming ease and real-time processing advantages.

"It has become clear that Apache Spark offers a combination of high-performance, in-memory data processing and multiple computation models that is well suited to serving as the basis of next-generation data processing platforms," commented Matt Aslett, research director, data platforms and analytics, 451 Research. “MapR's support for the complete Spark stack, combined with its partnership with Databricks, should give Hadoop users the confidence to start developing applications to take advantage of Spark's performance and flexibility."

Organizations are looking for easier and faster ways to derive value from big data. Spark improves both performance and developer productivity:

  • Performance. Spark provides a general-purpose execution framework with in-memory pipelining to speed up end-to-end application performance. For many applications, this results in a 5-100x performance improvement.
  • Developer productivity. Spark jobs can require as little as 1/5th the number of lines of code. Spark provides a simple programming abstraction allowing developers to design applications as operations on data collections (known as RDDs, or Resilient Distributed Dataset). Developers can build these applications in multiple programming languages, including Java, Scala and Python, and the same code can be reused across batch, interactive and streaming applications.

Many organizations are currently running Spark in production in their MapR environments. Their Spark-based applications benefit from the enterprise-grade dependability and performance of the MapR Distribution, and from the ability to process real-time operational data due to MapR’s Direct Access NFS interface.

With the inclusion of the complete Spark stack in the MapR Distribution, MapR customers can obtain 24x7 support for all projects in the Spark stack. In addition, MapR and Databricks are joining forces to drive the roadmap and accelerate innovation on these projects. This will benefit MapR customers and the broader Hadoop community over the coming years, starting with the upcoming release of Apache Spark 1.0.

"As the driving force behind Spark, Databricks is thrilled to enter into such a strategic partnership with MapR," said Ion Stoica, CEO of Databricks. "We are looking forward to combining MapR's enterprise-grade dependability and performance with Spark, the next generation big data engine, to enable enterprises to unlock deeper insights from their data, faster.”

“The open source community is developing tremendous technology innovations at a rapid pace,” said John Schroeder, CEO and cofounder, MapR Technologies. “MapR provides a future-proof investment for our customers with the most open distribution to give them flexibility to pick the right solution with the widest range of compute frameworks and libraries.”

The Spark stack includes five unique Apache open source projects. With the introduction of the complete Spark stack, the MapR Distribution now includes more than 20 Apache open source projects. These projects support a wide range of use cases, including batch, interactive, streaming, graph and machine leaning. MapR is the only distribution with a monthly release cadence for Apache open source projects. This enables customers to upgrade components of the distribution without upgrading the entire cluster. It also enables faster adoption of open source innovation while reducing the risk of disruption to the production cluster services.

About MapR Technologies

MapR delivers on the promise of Hadoop with a proven, enterprise-grade platform that supports a broad set of mission-critical and real-time production uses. MapR brings unprecedented dependability, ease-of-use and world-record speed to Hadoop, NoSQL, database and streaming applications in one unified distribution for Hadoop. MapR is used by more than 500 customers across financial services, retail, media, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications and government organizations as well as by leading Fortune 100 and Web 2.0 companies. Amazon, Cisco, Google and HP are part of the broad MapR partner ecosystem. Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, and Redpoint Ventures. MapR is based in San Jose, CA. Connect with MapR on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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