Chapter 8. Future Directions

The Hadoop ecosystem is constantly evolving. As a result, it has many more tools to offer, but at the same time, alternative technologies are emerging to compete with and complement Hadoop. Hadoop exists to solve certain business problems. Before we suggest that Hadoop is the solution, we must know what the problem really is and whether it requires a technology as complex as Hadoop to solve it. Some problems can be solved by using traditional relational database management systems that are better understood and well tested in the enterprise. Hadoop and its ecosystem of tools introduce a significant dimension of complexity to your technology landscape, and that requires skilled people to operate.

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