WANdisco looks to gain Hadoop expertise through latest acquisition


U.K. collaboration software company WANdisco completed its acquisition this week of Silicon Valley-based AltoStor, a company that helps create faster and more efficient software development.

WANdisco will leverage AltoStor to launch its first big data-targeted solution in the first quarter of 2013. The AltoStor founders, Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar, are among the core Apache Hadoop creators, developers and on-going contributors.

Hadoop is the open source big data technology used by many of the world's largest databases, including those of Yahoo, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Netflix, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and eBay. Shvachko implemented Hadoop at eBay where he was the principal big data architect. Sundar will join as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering for big data. Shvachko will be the company's chief architect.

WANdisco will host a live webinar on Dec. 11 at 10:00 a.m. PST where Richards, Shvachko and Sundar will discuss the acquisition and WANdisco's direction in the big data market.

Analysts as Forexpros said the $5.1 million aquisition of AltoStor marks a significant advance in WANdisco's drive to establish a position at the core of Hadoop and big data. "WANdisco's ability to attract AltoStor's founders, who played key roles in the development of Hadoop, with a part stock deal, also serves as a significant validation of the potential of WANdisco's active-active technology within the big data market," the firm said.

For more:
- see the WANdisco announcement

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