11 open source companies to watch

Open source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, security, collaboration and more.

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Company name: Cloudera

Founded: 2008

Locations: Burlingame, Calif.

Product company offers: Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop is a packaging of the Apache Hadoop open source project for massive data processing. Cloudera Desktop is a uni?ed GUI for Hadoop applications delivered in a Web browser. The client is focused on collaboration and extensibility.

Why it is worth watching: Cloudera offers commercial support, and extensions for the Hadoop project, a de-facto industry standard for data-driven computing. Hadoop does deep analysis and parallel processing of massive amounts of structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, to support distributed applications. It runs on data center infrastructure – clusters of inexpensive commodity servers. Hadoop co-creator Doug Cutting, who named the project after his child's stuffed elephant, joined Cloudera in September.

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