Not a moment after the virtual ink dried on my recent blog post pointing out that the more mature Hadoop becomes, the less of a Big Data tool it is, I received news that cemented this counterintuitive statement. I had a conversation at re:Invent today with SyncSort, an old guard mainframe ETL vendor who has leveraged their deep expertise in sorting algorithms to revamp the inner workings of MapReduce for the new Hadoop 2 release. During the conversation, however, they mentioned a research project they’re working on: Hadoop on zLinux.

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