4 reasons why Spark could jolt Hadoop into hyperdrive


Apache Spark has been winning over users since it was developed at the University of California, Berkekey, AMPLab in 2009, but it has taken on a whole new level of popularity in the last year. All of the major Hadoop distributions now support it, it’s a top-level Apache Software Foundation project and there’s a startup, called Databricks, dedicated to productizing, supporting and certifying Spark. Matei Zaharia, one of the creators of Spark and the co-founder and CTO of Databricks, came on the Structure Show podcast this week to talk about what Spark is and why people love it so much.

Here are the highlights of that interview, but anyone interested in the history and capabilities of Spark, or where the big data industry might be heading, will want to hear the whole thing. The second-annual Spark Summit also kicks off Monday in San Francisco should anyone want…

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