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From Sally Khudairi ...@apache.org>
Subject [ANNOUNCE] The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Hadoop™ v1.0
Date Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:00:50 GMT
[this announcement is also available online at http://s.apache.org/hX]

Open Source "Big Data" Cloud computing platform powers millions of compute-hours to process
exabytes of data for Amazon.com, AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, foursquare, HP, IBM, LinkedIn,
Microsoft, Netflix, The New York Times, Rackspace, Twitter, Yahoo!, and more.

4 January 2012 —FOREST HILL, MD— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer
developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives, today
announced Apache™ Hadoop™ v1.0, the Open Source software framework for reliable, scalable,
distributed computing. The project’s latest release marks a major milestone six years in
the making, and has achieved the level of stability and enterprise-readiness to earn the 1.0

A foundation of Cloud computing and at the epicenter of "big data" solutions, Apache Hadoop
enables data-intensive distributed applications to work with thousands of nodes and exabytes
of data. Hadoop enables organizations to more efficiently and cost-effectively store, process,
manage and analyze the growing volumes of data being created and collected every day. Apache
Hadoop connects thousands of servers to process and analyze data at supercomputing speed. 

"This release is the culmination of a lot of hard work and cooperation from a vibrant Apache
community group of dedicated software developers and committers that has brought new levels
of stability and production expertise to the Hadoop project," said Arun C. Murthy, Vice President
of Apache Hadoop. "Hadoop is becoming the de facto data platform that enables organizations
to store, process and query vast torrents of data, and the new release represents an important
step forward in performance, stability and security.

"Originating with technologies developed by Yahoo, Google, and other Web 2.0 pioneers in the
mid-2000s, Hadoop is now central to the big data strategies of enterprises, service providers,
and other organizations," wrote James Kobielus in the independent Forrester Research, Inc.
report, "Enterprise Hadoop: The Emerging Core Of Big Data" (October 2011).

Dubbed a "Swiss army knife of the 21st century" and named "Innovation of the Year" by the
2011 Media Guardian Innovation Awards, Apache Hadoop is widely deployed at organizations around
the globe, including industry leaders from across the Internet and social networking landscape
such as Amazon Web Services, AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, foursquare, HP, LinkedIn, Netflix,
The New York Times, Rackspace, Twitter, and Yahoo!. Other technology leaders such as Microsoft
and IBM have integrated Apache Hadoop into their offerings. Yahoo!, an early pioneer, hosts
the world’s largest known Hadoop production environment to date, spanning more than 42,000

"Achieving the 1.0 release status is a momentous achievement from the Apache Hadoop community
and the result of hard development work and shared learnings over the years," said Jay Rossiter,
senior vice president, Cloud Platform Group at Yahoo!. "Apache Hadoop will continue to be
an important area of investment for Yahoo!. Today Hadoop powers every click at Yahoo!, helping
to deliver personalized content and experiences to more than 700 million consumers worldwide."

"Apache Hadoop is in use worldwide in many of the biggest and most innovative data applications,"
said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks. "The v1.0 release combines proven scalability
and reliability with security and other features that make Apache Hadoop truly enterprise-ready."

"Gartner is seeing a steady increase in interest in Apache Hadoop and related "big data" technologies,
as measured by substantial growth in client inquiries, dramatic rises in attendance at industry
events, increasing financial investments and the introduction of products from leading data
management and data integration software vendors," said Merv Adrian, Research Vice President
at Gartner, Inc. "The 1.0 release of Apache Hadoop marks a major milestone for this open source
offering as enterprises across multiple industries begin to integrate it into their technology
architecture plans."

Apache Hadoop v1.0 reflects six years of development, production experience, extensive testing,
and feedback from hundreds of knowledgeable users, data scientists, systems engineers, bringing
a highly stable, enterprise-ready release of the fastest-growing big data platform. It includes
support for:

•HBase (sync and flush support for transaction logging)
•Security (strong authentication via Kerberos)
•Webhdfs (RESTful API to HDFS)
•Performance enhanced access to local files for HBase
•Other performance enhancements, bug fixes, and features
•All version 0.20.205 and prior 0.20.2xx features

"We are excited to celebrate Hadoop's milestone achievement," said William Lazzaro, Director
of Engineering at Concurrent Computer Corporation. "Implementing Hadoop at Concurrent has
enabled us to transform massive amounts of real-time data into actionable business insights,
and we continue to look forward to the ever-improving iterations of Hadoop."

"Hadoop, the first ubiquitous platform to emerge from the ongoing proliferation of Big Data
and noSQL technologies, is set to make the transition from Web to Enterprise technology in
2012," said James Governor, co-founder of RedMonk, "driven by adoption and integration by
every major vendor in the commercial data analytics market. The Apache Software Foundation
plays a crucial role in supporting the platform and its ecosystem."

Availability and Oversight
As with all Apache products, Apache Hadoop software is released under the Apache License v2.0,
and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management
Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development
and product releases. Apache Hadoop release notes, source code, documentation, and related
resources are available at http://hadoop.apache.org/.

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees nearly one hundred fifty leading
Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server — the world's most popular Web server
software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 350
individual Members and 3,000 Committers successfully collaborate to develop freely available
enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions
are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing
lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings,
and expo. The ASF is a US 501(3)(c) not-for-profit charity, funded by individual donations
and corporate sponsors including AMD, Basis Technology, Cloudera, Facebook, Google, IBM, HP,
Hortonworks, Matt Mullenweg, Microsoft, PSW Group, SpringSource/VMware, and Yahoo!. For more
visit http://www.apache.org/.

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Media Contact:
Sally Khudairi
Vice President, The Apache Software Foundation
+1 617 921 8656 <press@apache.org> 

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