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The Scoop On Hadoop: 11 Big Data Start-Ups You Need To Know

Tons of elephants in the room here: a look at companies building a business around Hadoop, the de facto standard technology for handling big data.

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Lotsa Hoopla Over Hadoop

It's been six years since Yahoo developer Doug Cutting created a platform for managing, storing and analyzing large volumes of data, naming it for his son's toy elephant and turning it over to the Apache Software Foundation. Given how quickly an entire industry has built up around Hadoop, it will surprise some to learn that the Apache Software Foundation only recently debuted Apache Hadoop 1.0 -- the first release of the software considered stable enough to be "enterprise-ready."

But that hasn't slowed the rush of companies, both start-ups and established vendors, from jumping on the Hadoop bandwagon. With big data such a hot area, solution providers need to keep up with the key players. Here are 11 start-ups building businesses around Hadoop.

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