Cloudera gets $160M to bring Hadoop to the enterprise

Cloudera today announced that it has secured $160 million in new financing to advance its distribution of the open source Hadoop big data platform.

The move brings the company's total funding up to $300 million and reflects how bullish investors are on the Hadoop platform being a major tool for companies to handle their data in the future.

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Equally as interesting as the investment are the investors: T. Rowe Price led the investment round, with support from Google Ventures and a firm that's affiliated with Michael Dell. That contradicts reports from earlier today that the company would be announced up to $200 million in funding led by Intel.

The Google Ventures investment is particularly interesting because Google has its own Hadoop as a Service named BigQuery. "We see broad demand from enterprises who want a flexible approach to handling large amounts of data, and we expect this market to continue to grow rapidly," said Google Ventures General Partner Karim Faris in a press release distributed by Cloudera. "Cloudera is dramatically lowering the cost of reliable storage for the enterprise and is enabling the analysis and mining of large data sets in a way that wasn't possible before."

Cloudera emerged from stealth in 2009 and is now one of the leading providers of a product based on the open source Apache Hadoop project. Other major competitors include Hortonworks, Teradata, MapR Technologies, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.

Senior Writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing for Network World and He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW. Read his Cloud Chronicles here.  

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