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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 -- and useful -- are they? The buzz: Big data governance options grow One open source approach comes from Hadoop platform vendor Hortonworks Inc., which created Apache Atlas as an open source data governance framework that provides 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 software developers from some large and high-profile companies in the Atlas open source project -- for example, Aetna, Merck, Schlumberger and Target. "As you start to do enterprise applications ...

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