Cloudera, the startup that commercially distributes and services Apache Hadoop based data management software and services, has raised $25 million in a Series C financing led by Meritech Capital Partners with previous investors Accel Partners and Greylock Partners also participating in the round. This brings Cloudera’s total funding up to $36 million.
Hadoop is a Java software framework born out of an open-source implementation of Google’s published computing infrastructure which is fostered within the Apache Software Foundation. Hadoop supports distributed applications running on large clusters of commodity computers processing enormous amounts of data. Cloudera helps distribute Hadoop, and provides practical services around the technology, similar to what Red Hat does for the Linux framework.
Cloudera has steadily launched a number of applications around its technology including Cloudera Enterprise, which includes authorization management and provisioning, integration configuration and monitoring and resource management.
The startup also rolled out Desktop Management platform that allows for copying and browsing the data files stored on a cluster; creating, running and saving jobs for later reuse or customization; and helps monitor the health of a Hadoop cluster and alerting operators in case of problems.
Via Cloudera, Hadoop is currently used by most of the giants in the space including Google, Yahoo, Facebook (we wrote about Facebook’s use of Cloudera here), Amazon, AOL, Baidu and more. The company’s founder, Christophe Bisciglia, left Cloudera earlier this year.
The new funding will be used to for further product development and services to promote the adoption of Hadoop. In February of this year, Cloudera’s CEO Mike Olson told GigaOm that the company could have the legs for an IPO down the line. It should be interesting to see if the company can make a solid business out of commercializing an open source framework, or if a bigger technology company makes Cloudera a better offer for an exit.