Mortar Data bills itself as "Hadoop, without the complexity." The New York-based company offers cloud-based Hadoop services to customers who are "sitting on a pile of underutilized data" and says it can have customers up and running in less than one hour.
Mortar Data, founded in 2010, creates a private, on-demand Hadoop cluster for clients' big data projects and creates "optimized jobs for execution" using Pig and Python. Amazon's S3 cloud storage is used for data read-write. Customers pay only for the time needed to run their jobs, without all the expense associated with IT infrastructure and with hiring and training engineers.