Talk about big data and it won't take long for Hadoop to appear in the conversation. The Apache open source software is used to orchestrate clusters of commodity computers to crunch information from mountains of data.
While Hadoop has been around for awhile -- it was created in 2005 by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella and named after a toy elephant -- it's just starting to gain some traction. According to a report by Transparency Market Research, the Hadoop market will be growing at a compound annual growth rate of 54.7 percent over the next six years, to $20.9 billion in 2018 from $1.5 billion in 2012.
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