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Real-World Hadoop by Ted Dunning, Ellen Friedman

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Chapter 6. Customer Stories

Who is using Hadoop and what are they using it to do?

This chapter is a sampling of some of the ways in which MapR customers are using Hadoop and the NoSQL databases MapR-DB or HBase in real-world settings. Some customers are exploring these new technologies to see how they might want to incorporate them into their organizations. Others have come to Hadoop to find a solution that addresses specific problems they face in dealing with projects at large scale, such as was the case with India’s society-changing Aadhaar project. Either way, people are looking for cost-effective and powerful approaches that enable them to reach their goals and, in the case of business enterprises, that help them keep their competitive edge. Hadoop and NoSQL databases are excellent tools to do this.

In this chapter, we provide customer stories so that you can see how some of the prototypical Hadoop use cases we described in Chapter 5 are put into action, often in combination. Many customers employ Hadoop in multiple ways, sometimes starting with a single goal and then expanding how they want to incorporate Hadoop solutions throughout different divisions or projects within their organization. You’ll also notice overlap between sectors—some widely different types of organizations share the same underlying technical challenges and so can benefit from the same design patterns in building their solutions. Throughout this chapter, we hope you recognize similarities to your own situation ...

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