First came the data warehouse, then the data lake. Open-source upstarts Cloudera and Hortonworks jumped on the data lake concept quickly, touting their mastery of Apache Hadoop as key to their ability to effectively build and maintain data lakes that provide business value. But a funny thing happened on the way to the digital forum: Cloud storage underwent a major metamorphosis, with major price-performance improvements. Suddenly, a host of cloud storage vendors were challenging the status quo, throwing down the gauntlet to the early-stage leaders in the data lake game. And savvy analyst, Tony Baer of Ovum asked: “Is cloud the de facto data lake?”.
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