If you go back about a decade, Hadoop was hot and getting hotter. It was a platform for processing big data, just as big data was emerging from the domain of a few web-scale companies to one where every company was suddenly concerned about processing huge amounts of data. The future was bright, an open source project with a bunch of startups emerging to fulfill that big data promise in the enterprise.
Three companies in particular emerged out of that early scrum — Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR — and between them raised more than $ 1.5 billion. The lion’s share of that went to Cloudera in one massive chunk when Intel Capital invested a whopping $ 740 million in the company. But times have changed.
Just yesterday, HPE bought the assets of MapR, a company that had raised $ 280 million. The deal was pegged at under $ 50 million, according to multiple reports. That’s not what you call a healthy return on investment.