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February 12, 2015

Data analytics startup Datameer is rolling out an AaaS (analytics-as-a-service) app running on the Hadoop system.

Dubbed '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.

The initiative was expected by a few observers in the IT segment. Datameer claims a number of big-name customers for its analytics of on-premises Hadoop clusters with thousands of nodes.

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

However, the price is lower: $50,000-- which works out at about $400 for twelve months for up to 25 users and five nodes (about half the price of Datameer’s enterprise version, priced at $100,000).

Datameer’s Hadoop-as-a-service is delivered via Altiscale in the U.S. 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, but that some progress is being made.

“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 management.

Hadoop was leaked from Google as an implementation of Big Table and has remained fairly wedded to web-scale computing of sorts.

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

The issue for Hadoop has been in finding more utilization cases and in making it more usable.

To be sure, Teradata last year unveiled its Hadoop-as-a-service to be paid for by enterprise customers on a monthly basis. We're still trying to evaluate if that venue is feasible from a business standpoint.

Started in 2009 by providing analytics tools for Hadoop, Datameer claims that credit card companies, banks, phone service providers, retailers and technology firms as customers.

Source: Datameer.

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