Yahoo Updates Hadoop Server Software

Yahoo has updated its distribution of the Hadoop open-source server platform, making it easier for mainstream businesses to adopt the platform.

The company announced the enhancements during the third annual Hadoop Summit in Santa Clara, where Yahoo released the beta version of Hadoop with security for servers and its Oozie server workflow engine.

The company said that the new features will make the platform, administered by the Apache Foundation, more easily adaptable for enterprises.

The Hadoop platform was first used by the scientific community, but Yahoo hopes its new additions will increase its popularity as an enterprise-level platform to provide customised services to millions of web users.

Blake Irving, the chief product officer a Yahoo, said: "Hadoop is where science meets big data – it’s the technical underpinning that powers our innovative consumer and advertiser products on the world’s most advanced digital canvas."

"Yahoo’s cloud and Hadoop make it possible for Yahoo to rapidly personalize our content and advertising, and deliver highly relevant experiences, while maintaining the trust of our 600 million users."