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The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has announced Apache Hadoop 1.0, the open-source software framework for reliable, scalable, distributed computing.

The Jan. 4 release marks a major milestone six years in the making, and has achieved the level of stability and enterprise-readiness to earn the 1.0 designation, Apache officials said.

"In addition to the major security improvements and support for HBase, the really big deal about version 1.0 is this is a release we feel that people can look at as very stable," Apache Hadoop Vice President Arun Murthy told eWEEK. "The developer community is really up for supporting version 1.0, and we expect 1.0 adoption to be much faster than for other versions."

Murthy said Apache Hadoop 1.0 reflects six years of development, production experience, extensive testing, and feedback from hundreds of knowledgeable users, data scientists and systems engineers, culminating in a highly stable, enterprise-ready release of the fastest-growing big data platform. It includes support for:

  • HBase (sync and flush support for transaction logging)
  • Security (strong authentication via Kerberos)
  • Webhdfs (RESTful API to HDFS)
  • Performance-enhanced access to local files for HBase
  • Other performance enhancements, bug fixes and features
  • All version 0.20.205 and prior 0.20.2xx features

Apache Hadoop serves as a foundation of cloud computing and is at the epicenter of "big data" solutions, ASF officials said. Hadoop enables data-intensive distributed applications to work with thousands of nodes and exabytes of data. Hadoop also enables organizations to more efficiently and cost-effectively store, process, manage and analyze the growing volumes of data being created and collected every day. And it connects thousands of servers to process and analyze data at supercomputing speed.

"This release is the culmination of a lot of hard work and cooperation from a vibrant Apache community group of dedicated software developers and committers that has brought new levels of stability and production expertise to the Hadoop project," Murthy said in a statement. "Hadoop is becoming the de facto data platform that enables organizations to store, process and query vast torrents of data, and the new release represents an important step forward in performance, stability and security."

To read the original eWeek article, click here: Apache Launches Hadoop 1.0