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jfruh writes "Hadoop has quickly become widespread for its implementation of the MapReduce framework, which is used to analyze very large data sets. But the open source project's ambitions go past MapReduce. At last week's Strata conference, project lead Arun Murthy described a near future where different data-crunching apps will be able to plug into Hadoop, making it a sort of all-purpose data-analysis framework." Link to Original Source
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