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An Extra U For Java on Hadoop

Easy to misspell but doing arguably well with its "scale-out" application server for Apache Hadoop, Continuuity (the company with more letter U power than most) has this month announced the availability of the Continuuity Reactor 2.0. release.

Storage-switzerland.com explains "scale-out storage" as a new category of storage system that addresses the storage challenges created by legacy systems — or "scale-up" storage — in the modern datacenter.

The latest version of Continuuity includes MapReduce scheduling, Resource Isolation, High Availability, and full support for REST APIs. Continuuity Reactor 2.0 now what its development is calling a "simplified programming framework and scalable runtime" and is capable of getting Java developers to quickly start building applications on Apache Hadoop and HBase.

Analyst firm IDC claims that even large enterprises might only have five people who can run MapReduce, while that same organization may have 20,000 very skilled Java developers.

Mike Dauber, principal at Battery Ventures, is of the opinion that Continuuity is "filling a real need" by enabling those skilled Java developers to step-in and "fill the big data talent gap" as he puts it.

The platform takes advantage of YARN (Apache Hadoop 2.0), which allows developers to run data-rich applications with support for batch processing and real-time streaming capabilities in a single Hadoop cluster. Continuuity Reactor 2.0 enables developers to run an entire end-to-end application in one platform with an integrated web server.

"The next step in the evolution of Big Data is emergence of an applications market", said Tony Baer, principal analyst for Ovum. "Continuuity is one of the first tools providers to develop an operational application-oriented middleware platform for Hadoop. Reactor 2.0 is helping pioneer an application platform for Hadoop, just as Java-based application servers did for Internet applications."

"We have made significant improvements to our platform with the developer always in mind. We believe that the future of Big Data is applications. To realize that future, the power of Hadoop and HBase must be made accessible to all developers in a simple and intuitive way. Our 2.0 release puts the focus on your application logic, not on Hadoop, so that developers can create and deploy applications quickly and easily," said Jonathan Gray, CEO of Continuuity.

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