Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR Hadoop distributions

Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR

Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR

Cloudera,Hortonworks, and MapR are some of the top competing Hadoop distribution vendors on the market. Cloudera is the market leader at the moment with lots of customers and generating over 100 million dollars in revenue.

Hortonworks is probably in second place, but making giant steps in the Hadoop world and getting a lot of traction with new customers. MapR is also in the mix, but still far from Cloudera and a little behind Hortonworks.

What they do for you

Even though Hadoop is open source per say, these companies offer support and training to bring your organization up to speed with Hadoop related technologies. They will listen to your business cases and give you the best advice possible on hardware requirements, employee Hadoop training, etc.

They all offer different packages and pricing strategies to get you into a dev/production environment according to your business needs.

Before you make a decision, read their whitepapers on Hadoop and have them send some of their vendors (and maybe some developers) to your organization.

Try each Hadoop distribution

if you are a software developer trying to learn Hadoop, try out their VMs for free and explore the world of Hadoop. Each company provides a Virtual Machine already set up for Hadoop. Download each Hadoop distribution and try it out for yourself!

Hadoop VMs

Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR

Cloudera/Hortonworks/MapR whitepapers

cloudera vs hortonworks vs MapR


Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR


Cloudera vs Hortonworks vs MapR


Google Trends – What people are searching on Google

According to Google Trends, Cloudera is the top company.

Big 3 comparisson from

Here is a more in depth comparison of the three companies:


Whether you are an aspiring Hadoop developer and/or a decision maker in your organization, make sure you spend some time evaluating all of the options according to your business needs.

There is not a specific time frame, but it will take a few weeks to explore all the options and have meetings with representatives from Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR.

This will be a drastic decision in your company for many years to come (Although you could change Vendors after your contract expires).

You will be spending significant amount of money on hardware and Hadoop solutions, but your organization will be rewarded with faster data-driven solutions and working with cutting-edge technologies that will attract the best people to your organization.Adopting Hadoop is a win-win solution for everybody!

Which Hadoop distribution did you choose?