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June 2017, Vol. 5, No. 3

Data governance tools for Hadoop infiltrate the enterprise

Data governance is a big issue for mainstream big data users. And lately, IT vendors have touted open source as well as commercial data governance tools to govern data in Hadoop-based data lakes. But how do IT pros sift through all these products to automate governance, metadata management and other big data tasks and just how attainable are they? The buzz One open source approach comes from Hadoop vendor Hortonworks Inc., which created Apache Atlas as an open source framework that's a "scalable and extensible set of core foundational services." According to the company, Apache Atlas not only allows enterprises to meet their Hadoop compliance requirements, but also integrates with the entire enterprise data ecosystem. Hortonworks touts the involvement of developers from some large and high-profile companies in the open source project -- for example, Aetna, Merck, Schlumberger and Target. "As you start to do enterprise applications driven by big data," Hortonworks CTO Scott Gnau explained, "security and governance and operational...

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