"While Hadoop is a fantastic platform, it still requires a little more work," Splice Machine's Zweben says. "It requires some handholding."
In 2014, he says, you'll see Hadoop evolve techniques for deeper security, deeper operational management, deeper resource management and multi-site replication.
"You'll see all the kinds of things that enterprises require," he says. "They'll become more standardized in these platforms. I think that's going to be a major focus.