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Now that Hadoop is growing up, security is growing more important


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Hadoop, the much-hyped software for processing large amounts of data on commodity hardware, has its roots in indexing tons of webpages for a search engine, not handling credit card numbers. And it wasn’t developed from the start with security in mind.

While enterprises have given Hadoop a try, concerns around security have limited adoption, as my colleague Derrick Harris explained in his history of Hadoop. Now multiple vendors of Hadoop distributions — Cloudera, Intel (s intc) and others — are making or planning initiatives that could bolster security in a few powerful ways.

Patents and patches

This year many companies are showing interest in Hadoop but have expressed reservations about security, said Jim Vogt, president and CEO of Zettaset, which provides security features on top of Hadoop distributions. “When you start talking about security, you’re seriously considering adopting that technology in an enterprise, in a broader market,” Vogt said…

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