Hadoop is a framework for reliably running applications on large hardware clusters. Many large enterprises (such as Facebook and IBM) have come to rely on it as a vital part of their respective data-crunching infrastructures. Research firm IDC recently predicted that worldwide revenues from Hadoop and MapReduce, another framework for processing problems across huge datasets, could hit $812.8 million in 2016, a significant uptick from $77 million in revenues last year.
VMware has positioned Serengeti as a “one click” deployment toolkit that, when used in conjunction with its vSphere platform, can deploy an enterprise-level Hadoop cluster in a matter of minutes. The company claims that vSphere’s virtualization capabilities will boost the “availability and manageability” of Hadoop clusters.