What started out ten years ago as a project to provide infrastructure for an open source search engine has become a force to be reckoned with, and a market valued at $1.5 billion, according to a recent article from Forbes. The Hadoop market is expected to reach $50.2 billion by 2020 and the experts say it is destined to become the go-to in infrastructure for large enterprises.
Hadoop already powers big data applications for Yahoo, Facebook, and many others. The big enterprise software vendors, including Microsoft and Oracle work with it too. Hadoop's tremendous success has been a pleasant surprise for Hadoop's creators, the article stated. Co-creator Mike Cafarella said that he never expected an open source project to take over an industry the way it has. While he isn't surprised that large, web-scale companies embraced it, he is surprised at how smaller companies have also embraced it to solve their big data problems.
Co-creator Doug Cutting agreed, saying that he figured Hadoop would be used mostly by people creating text search engines. Instead, it's being used by those in industries such as insurance, oil discovery, online retail, and many more.
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