Congratulations to Apache Hadoop: they’re voted to be the innovator of 2011. The decision was justified Hadoop allows to discover and manipulate a huge amount of data. So Hadoop is the “Swiss Army knife for the 21st century.” [5] 

The judges saw Hadoop to be the beginning of a new data revolution. That may change our entire life. Hadoop made the race against iPad and even WikiLeaks. Altought it is not an absolutely new idea behind it – unlike WikiLeaks. [1] Hadoop is a free implementation under Apache License. It rivals mostly against Google’s File System – GFS. [6]

Most popular users of Hadoop

Even Facebook uses Hadoop to gain information about their members. It helded the second biggest Hadoop database behind Yahoo! [4] By May 2010 Facebook got a bigger Hadoop Cluster than Yahoo! [2] Google is not know to use Hadoop. Because it is an opponent product to GFS and Googles BigTable.

By the way: Hadoop was the name of an elephant. It belonged to a son of an Apache developer. That’s like I was told – sorry, but non testatum.

[1] http://www.heise.de/open/meldung/Apache-Hadoop-ist-Innovator-Of-The-Year-1215111.html
[2] http://hadoopblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/facebook-has-worlds-largest-hadoop.html
[3] http://www.insidefacebook.com/2008/06/06/facebook-using-hadoop-for-large-scale-internal-analytics/
[4] http://highscalability.com/facebook-hadoop-and-hive
[5] http://www.guardian.co.uk/megas/winners-2011
[6] http://labs.google.com/papers/gfs.html
[7] http://www.wisegeek.com/how-much-text-is-in-a-kilobyte-or-megabyte.htm
[8] http://www.wolframalpha.com