|By Jeremy Geelan||
|April 1, 2013 10:00 AM EDT||
"When we started out, I had no idea what Hadoop would become," blogged Hadoop's founder Doug Cutting today on the occasion of Hadoop's seventh birthday, "so I proposed a name for it that didn’t have any connotation."
"The project has grown," Cutting continued, "giving that name meaning. Not everyone may pronounce the word 'Hadoop' the same, but we all know what it is. A whimsical name also helps remind us to have fun."
In his post, titled "Seven Thoughts on Hadoop’s Seventh Birthday," Cutting argued that If Hadoop had been created as proprietary software it would not have spread as rapidly.
"We’ve seen incredible growth in the use of Hadoop. Partly that’s because it’s useful. But many would have been cautious to make a vendor-controlled platform part of their infrastructure, useful or not.""
He also noted that "Folks flock to Hadoop not just because it is open-source and works, but also because it fills a need."
The need, Cutting explained, is as follows:
"Moore’s law provides us with a bounty of affordable hardware. This has led to computing devices spreading through our world. Cars and tractors have computers. Phones, and cash registers and more have become computers. Data flows through each of these. Hadoop gives us tools to save and analyze more of this data, improving our understanding of the world."
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