Today Cloudera announced new initiatives to support open source test frameworks that allow developers to certify integrations with Apache Kafka, Apache Sqoop, and Apache Flume.  We support these moves and are firmly committed to open standards and open approaches to API and other types of compatibility testing. 

Many of our customers use Apache Kafka, Sqoop, and Flume.  They use these tools to both ingest and serve big data very quickly, often in real time, by streaming data between Couchbase Serve, Hadoop, and external data sources for better business insight.

Open initiatives aimed at streamlining adoption of open source technologies will benefit developers and the enterprise.  Developers won’t have to spend inordinate amounts of time getting various newer technologies to work together.  And once they certify their integrations, they can have confidence that the solutions will be upwardly compatible with future releases of the products.  This gives developers more time to experiment with various combinations of technologies and validate the associated architectures.  This is great news for the enterprise as their teams can further focus on new initiatives to create and deploy solutions that build competitive advantage.

I also fully endorse the open approach that Cloudera has taken. By making the test frameworks free and open, it assures a level playing field among vendors and developers.  For vendors and OSS projects, anyone can leverage and contribute to the frameworks. That ensures that new and established technologies can participate.  Developers benefit from a reference test framework they can use regardless of the OSS projects or vendors they choose to use.

Customers are increasingly rethinking the infrastructure software stacks they use under their web, mobile and IoT applications.  They can no longer suffer the rigid limitations that inflexible relational technologies have imposed.  Enterprises are looking for new software stacks that enable agility so they can quickly deploy new applications that are highly responsive.  

Open source is emerging as a key requirement throughout these new stacks for a variety of reasons and NoSQL and Hadoop are playing a significant role in this transformation.  Being able to more easily integrate the technologies in these new stacks as a result of certified interfaces encourages developers and enterprises to more confidently experiment with new solutions. 

We look forward to contributing to these projects and others that come along to make it easier to deploy open source architectures.

Posted by Bob Wiederhold, CEO, Couchbase

Bob Wiederhold has more than 25 years of high technology experience. Until an acquisition by IBM in 2008, Bob served as chairman, CEO, and president of Transitive Corporation, the worldwide leader in cross-platform virtualization with over 20 million users. Previously, he was president and CEO of Tality Corporation, the worldwide leader in electronic design services, whose revenues and size grew to almost $200 million and had 1,500 worldwide employees. Bob held several executive general management positions at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., an electronic design automation company, which he joined in 1985 as an early-stage startup and helped to grow to more than $1.5 billion during his 13 years at the company. Bob also headed High Level Design Systems, a successful electronic design automation startup that was acquired by Cadence in 1996. Bob has extensive board experience having served on both public (Certicom, HLDS) and private company boards (Snaketech, Tality, Transitive, Fanfare Group).

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