Hewlett Packard Buys AI and Analytics Company MapR to Strengthen Its Technology Portfolio

by August 6, 2019 0 comments

MapR technology provides innovative file system for unified analytics from edge to cloud

The American IT MNC HP (Hewlett Packard) Enterprises has bought a business software company MapR for an undisclosed amount quoting that it would make the Big Data analytics company’s unique file system technology part of its analytics and machine learning solutions for enterprises.

The company is acquiring the business assets of MapR along with its technology and intellectual property to build out its AI and analytics business.

Notably, MapR is a developer of a data platform for honing, managing and protecting data while providing AI and analytics technology for data-centric transformation. Its platform enables users to store, manage, process and analyze all data including files, tables, and streams to help provide mission-critical reliability to meet customers’ production SLAs.

The Santa Clara based company sells several products but it comprises of the proprietary file system at its core which eases the IT enterprises infrastructure for analytics across voluminous data stored in different environments. Also, it is benefitted by a variety of analytics and open source tools like Apache Hadoop, Apache Hbase, Apache Sparc, Apache Drill and Apache Hive.

Talking about the deal, HPE CEO Antonio Neri said, “MapR’s file system technology enables HPE to offer a complete portfolio of products to drive artificial intelligence and analytics applications and strengthens our ability to help customers manage their data assets end to end, from edge to cloud.”

HPE always had a strategic focus on easing the deployment of analytics and ML tools for IT enterprises. To recall, the former acquired a software company BlueData earlier this year to simplify the deployment of tools themselves. Following the acquisition, MapR deal will provide a better way to manage the infrastructure that stores data used by BlueData enabled tools in customers’ data centers or public cloud.

MapR started as a vendor which sold its distribution of Apache Hadoop designed to make Hadoop easier for enterprises but now it builds its file system as a more flexible and scalable alternative for Hadoop’s own HDFS.

Cloudera and Hortonworks used to be its main competitors which recently got merged into a single company to build an end-to-end enterprise data platform.

On the other hand, MapR has some significant investors including Google Capital, Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and Lightspeed Venture Partners and others.

President of Hybrid IT at HPE, Phil Davis stated in a press release, “We are pleased to welcome MapR’s world-class team to the HPE family.” Further, he quoted that “MapR’s enterprise-grade file system and cloud-native storage services complement HPE’s BlueData container platform strategy and will allow us to provide a unique value proposition for customers.”

Reportedly, MapR has been searching for a buyer for months due to its funding difficulties that were made public in May. After a bad first quarter, a deal for outside funding collapsed which forced it to notify its employees of a possible shutdown in operations.

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