Trends Report

Brief: Understanding Spark's Real Place In The Hadoop Landscape

What CIOs Need To Know About Spark And Its Role In Their Data Strategies

February 2nd, 2016
With contributors:
Pascal Matzke , Martha Bennett , Laura Easton , Carmen Margarit-Stoica , Ian McPherson


For many CIOs, Hadoop appears almost synonymous with the broader theme of big data. More recently, Spark has begun to attract interest, partly as an alternative to Hadoop's initial dependence on MapReduce. But Spark offers real benefits in its own right, both alongside and instead of Hadoop. For CIOs shaping their organizational data strategy, the artificial polarization of Hadoop versus Spark introduces unhelpful complexity. This brief explores the reality of the evolving relationship between Hadoop and Spark.

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