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Worth a read.
If Google does see this competitor gaining traction – they will probably react proactively if they see this as a threat in any way.
Probably like Microsoft reacted to Linux, Google will start releasing bits of code and APIs to Developers to keep alliances.
We should catch up on Hadoop sometime.
Google’s actually endorsing it–see the press release about the Google/IBM parallel computing teaching project:
I can see positives and negatives to Google for Hadoop, though. Positive: more job applicants that have experience using a mapreduce-like system, which means they will come up to speed faster and with less training or mentoring. Negative: as Google old-timers vest and leave, they’ll have more ability to apply the scaling skills they got at Google to whatever startups they’re going to. I guess the question is whether or not hiring is faster than attrition.