Datameer rolls out Hadoop-as-a-service for impatient IT bods

Five nodes should tide you over

Big-data analytics startup Datameer is rolling out analytics-as-a-service running on Hadoop.

Called Datameer Professional, the service targets potential Hadoop users unable to build their own large-scale Hadoop clusters or unwilling to wait for an enterprise-wide rollout.

Datameer claims a number of big-name customers for its analytics on on-prem Hadoop clusters with thousands of nodes.

The scale is smaller than an enterprise-wide rollout – up to around five nodes, Datameer told The Reg.

The price is lower, too: $50,000, which works out at $400 for 12 months for up to 25 users and five nodes – half the price of Datameer’s enterprise version, priced at $100,000.

Datameer’s Hadoop-as-a-service is delivered via Altiscale in the US and as Altiscale Data Cloud and Bigstep in the EMEA. The latter’s service runs atop Cloudera’s Hadoop.

Matt Schumpert, director of product management, said in a statement that department heads are struggling to access IT data analytics on Hadoop.

“They didn’t want to wait for enterprise-wide deployment, which can take a very long time, and often there’s not the bandwidth or resources to do this,” he said.

It’s the latest attempt by the industry to bring Hadoop to real people and high-street IT operations.

Hadoop leaked from Google as an implementation of BigTable and has remained fairly wedded to web-scale compute.

There are major early adopters, with very specific applications such as log-crunching in IT and fraud detection in financial services.

The problem for Hadoop has been in finding more use cases and in making it more usable.

Data big daddy Teradata last year unveiled its Hadoop-as-a-service to be paid for by customers on a monthly basis.

Started in 2009 providing analytics tools for Hadoop, Datameer claims credit card companies, banks, telcos, retailers and technology firms as customers. ®

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