Top Hadoop Myths To Know

There’s a lot of confusion about Hadoop and where it fits into the overall Big Data landscape.

There’s a lot of confusion about Hadoop and where it fits into the overall Big Data landscape. Datamation takes a look at this open source software framework that stores and analyzes large data sets distributed across multiple servers–and dispels six big Hadoop myths.

Myth #1: Hadoop is a database

Hadoop is often talked about like it’s a database, but it isn’t. “There s nothing in the core Hadoop platform like a query or an index,” said Marshall Bockrath-Vandegrift, a software engineer with Damballa, a security company. Damballa uses Hadoop to analyze real-time security threats.

Myth #2: Hadoop Will Require Programmers

Depending on what you plan to do, this myth may come true. If you plan to build the next great Hadoop-based Big Data suite, you’ll need programmers who can write in Java and understand specialized MapReduce programming. However, if you’re content to build on the work of others, programming shouldn’t scare you off. Most data integration tools will have GUIs that abstract MapReduce programming complexity, and many come with pre-built templates.

Myth #3: Using Hadoop is Cheap

This is a common misconception associated with anything open source. Just because you’re able to reduce or eliminate the initial costs of purchasing software doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily save money. One of the problems with the cloud, for instance, is that it’s so easy to run a science project on Amazon that developers of all sorts throw projects up in AWS, forget about them, but keep paying for them.

Learn more in Six Hadoop Myths Exposed on Datamation.

This article was originally published on August 02, 2013

Webopedia Staff
Webopedia Staff
Since 1995, more than 100 tech experts and researchers have kept Webopedia’s definitions, articles, and study guides up to date. For more information on current editorial staff, please visit our About page.

Related Articles

Phishing

What is phishing? Phishing is a type of cybercrime in which victims are contacted by email, telephone, or text message by an attacker posing as...

Photo Editing Software

Photo editing software is used to manipulate or enhance digital images. This category of software ranges from basic apps, which are able to apply...

SOHO Business Solutions: Free Email Marketing Services

Just like big businesses, SOHO (small office/home office) owners can leverage email marketing systems to communicate with customers, partners and employees. Just like big businesses,...

Fintech

Fintech, also known as "financial technology," is a term used to describe companies that use innovative technology to create more efficient, transparent, and cost-effective...

Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company that specializes in information technology (IT)...

Gartner

Gartner is a world-renowned information technology (IT) consultancy and advisory firm that conducts...

Pipedrive

Pipedrive is customer relationship management (CRM) software designed for sales. The software focuses...