Here are a few of the MPP database vendors with their buyers: Greenplum => EMC Netezza => IBM DATAllegro => Microsoft Aster Data => Teradata Vertica => HP
Similarly, I think the landscape of Hadoop vendors will change in the near future. Here are the major vendors in this Hadoop space as of September 2014:
Investments: 2011 – $40M; 2014 – $900M
Around 600 employees
Founded in 2009
Partners with Oracle, Intel (funding), and Amazon (but also competes with Amazon)
Investements: 2011 – $23M + $25M
Founded in 2011
Partners with Yahoo, Teradata, and SAP
$100B Revenue / year
Founded in 1911
Investments: 2009 – $9M; 2014 – $110M
Founded in 2009
Partners with Google
Investments: 2013 – $100M from GE and assets from EMC and VMWare
Founded in 2013 (Pivotal), 2003 (Greenplum), 1998 (VMWare) and 1979 (EMC)
Partners with EMC, VMWare, and GE
$75B Revenue / year
Founded in 1994
Hadoop Vendors Tomorrow Cloudera => Oracle or Amazon It will probably be Oracle because of the existing partnership and leadership that came from Oracle but Amazon may want it more. If Oracle doesn’t buy Cloudera, they will probably try to create their own distribution like they did with Linux.
Hortonworks => Teradata It is only a matter of time before Teradata will have to buy Hortonworks. Microsoft might try to buy Hortonworks or just take a fork of the Windows version to rebrand. Microsoft worked with Sybase a long time ago with SQL Server and then took the code and ran rather than buying Sybase. So because of that history, I think Microsoft won’t buy and Teradata will.
Teradata bought Aster Data and Hortonworks would complete their data portfolio. Teradata for the EDW, Aster Data for Data Marts, and Hortonworks for their Data Lake.
MapR => Google Google will snatch up MapR which will make MapR very happy.
So that leaves IBM and Amazon as the two publicly held companies left. Pivotal is privately held but by EMC, VMWare, and GE which gives all indications based on past actions by EMC that this company will go public and be big.
Post Acquisitions So after the big shakeup, I think you’ll see these vendors remaining selling Hadoop:
Pivotal: 100% Apache based with the best SQL Engine
IBM: Big Insights
Amazon: Elastic MapReduce
I could be wrong but I really do think there will be a consolidation of vendors in the near future.