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The 10 Biggest Big Data News Stories Of 2018

From company mergers and acquisitions, to new data protection regulations, to the rapid adoption of AI technology by software developers, the big data arena was anything but dull this year.

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1. Cloudera And Hortonworks Unveil Merger Deal

In October rival big data platform companies Cloudera and Hortonworks announced a plan to merge in a deal that will create a new big data industry behemoth with a broad portfolio of data management and related software and a combined equity value of $5.2 billion.

The merger won't be easy, however. The companies have a number of overlapping products and technologies and rationalizing the combined company's product lines alone will be a challenge.

The new company, operating under the Cloudera name, also hopes to realize more than $125 million in annualized savings through sales optimization and R&D. The fact is, despite growing sales, both Cloudera and Hortonworks were racking up significant losses: $114.8 million in the nine months ended Sept. 30 for Hortonworks and $111.0 million for the nine months ended Oct. 31 for Cloudera.

Still, with $720 million in annual sales and more than 2,500 customers, the new Cloudera and its portfolio of data management, data warehousing, IoT and edge computing, machine learning/AI and hybrid cloud products will clearly be a leader in the big data arena. 

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