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One of big data's biggest problems is lack of standardization. Today, the Linux Foundation announced a strategy for addressing that challenge by promoting open source standards for Hadoop big data in collaboration with ODPi.
ODPi defines itself as "a shared industry effort focused on promoting and advancing the state of Apache Hadoop and big data technologies for the enterprise." The group has grown its membership steadily since launching last February under the name Open Data Platform Alliance. Supporters now include Ampool, Altiscale, Capgemini, DataTorrent, EMC, GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Linaro, NEC, Pivotal, PLDT, SAS Institute Inc, Splunk, Squid Solutions, SyncSort, Telstra, Teradata, Toshiba, UNIFi, Verizon, VMware, WANdisco, Xiilab, zData and Zettaset.
Today, ODPi takes a major step forward by securing official endorsement by the Linux Foundation, which promotes Linux and other open source software. The support turns ODPi into a Linux Foundation collaborative project.
It also signals the launch of a new platform called ODPi Core, which aims to become "a common reference platform that enables users to realize business results more quickly," according to the Linux Foundation. The Foundation adds that ODPi Core development will proceed under "an open and transparent planning and release" process directed by the Apache Software Foundation.
The Linux Foundation says this initiative will bring badly needed standardization to the Big Data world—particularly the one centered around Apache Hadoop, the open source big data platform.
"The state of the Apache Hadoop demands open standardization and integration that can accelerate and ease deployments among its massive user community,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “We’ve seen this model work with open source technologies experiencing rapid growth—projects like Debian, among others—and know it can increase adoption and open up opportunities for innovation on top of an already strong Hadoop community."
According to the Linux Foundation, the next major steps in ODPi Core's development include the release of a specification and reference implementation, as well as the launch of an ODPi Certification Program. The open source community can follow ODPi's progress via its GitHub repository.