Hadoop Studio: A London Hack Day Overnight Sensation Finds Funding

We first saw Hadoop Studio not quite a full year ago. It was a sunny May Sunday in London, and Shevek had been up all night, working with NetBeans and Java on the very first version of Hadoop Studio, "a desktop IDE tool for graphically prototyping Hadoop jobs and deploying, monitoring, and debugging them." Me and my colleagues had never seen anyone demo a "Hadoop hack" before. And we'd been to quite a few hack days.

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About a month later, in June 2009, at last year's Hadoop Summit, I met Martin Hall, Karmasphere’s chief executive and co-founder, and we chatted about the need and potential for a tool like theirs. By then, Shevek had registered HadoopStudio.org. In the autumn, I heard that Hadoop Studio was presented at Hadoop World in NYC, and read about Shevek's presentation of Hadoop Studio at a local Hadoop User Group (HUG), hosted here at Yahoo!.

So, I was pretty excited a week ago to see a post about Karmasphere and Hadoop in the Wall Street Journal Digits blog. Karmasphere just received a 5 million-dollar investment from David Liddle, general partner at U.S. Venture Partners, and Ann Winblad, who co-founded Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, to develop tools that make Hadoop more accessible.

Hadoop Studio is already available on the Amazon Web Services website, where you can use it to manage jobs on Amazon's Elastic MapReduce. As cloud computing becomes everybody's business, we're likely to see more tools, and more hacks that make managing big data easier and more effective for all. Congratulations to Shevek and Martin, who are building their business on an idea that emerged from an all-night hackathon, Yahoo! Open Hack London.

The next Bay Area Hadoop Meetup takes place next Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at Yahoo!'s Sunnyvale headquarters. Details here. And registration is now open for the 3rd annual Hadoop Summit, June 29, in Santa Clara, CA. Hope you can join us. Register now.

Havi Hoffman
Havi Hoffman, Yahoo! Developer Network
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