Hadoop-Focused Startup Cloudera Raises $5 Million

Cloudera, a Burlingame, Calif-based company offering services around the open source software framework Hadoop, has raised $5 million in Series A funding led by Accel Partners. It has also attracted funding from seasoned infrastructure executive and Web veterans such as Caterina Fake (co-founder, Flickr), Dr. Qi Lu (president of the Online Services Group, Microsoft), Marten Mickos (former CEO, MySQL) and Jeff Weiner (president, LinkedIn). The company is also releasing Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop, a simpler version of Hadoop software.

Hadoop is a software framework that supports data intensive distributed applications running on large clusters of commodity computers and was inspired by two key Google technologies — MapReduce and Google File System. The company was started in 2008 by Mike Olson, former CEO at open source database pioneer Sleepycat Software; Christophe Bisciglia, who created and led Google’s Academic Cloud Computing Initiative; Dr. Amr Awadallah, Yahoo’s VP of engineering; and Jeff Hammerbacher, formerly with Facebook.

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