Nov 25, 2011

We hear a lot about Hadoop but is it really ready for prime time when there are existing alternatives like HPCC from LexisNexis?

Hadoop gets lots of press attention, but has it really surpassed and superseded existing systems like LexisNexis' HPCC? HPCC services seems to be much more usable in a business environment, and it is not all that simple to deploy. In fact, Hadoop requires a lot of development expertise to maintain and operate.


Hi hughye,I agree! I have used LexisNexis's HPCC System and their main advantages over other alternatives are the real-time delivery of data queries and the extremely powerful ECL language programming model. For more information: http://hpccsystems.com

Hi hughye,

Here are two articles that look at both products. You'll have to make up your own mind as to which is better, depending on your own needs.

HPCC vs Hadoop at a glance

HPCC vs Hadoop Detailed Comparison

Note that the second article is on the HPCC Systems site, so take it with a grain of salt. But it might be worth looking at anyway.l

I think that you bring up a good point.  Hadoop has a lot of potential, but it is still relatively early in its development life, whereas HPCC is a mature (and far from inexpensive) product.  That said, I don't think the attention paid to Hadoop is press driven, it is also being developed at a quick pace.  It still requires a lot of java devlopers to make sure it is sufficiently reliable, but it is coming along.  It may be too early to tell whether Hadoop really is the "next big thing" or not, but I think it is possible that it will be.  

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