We are now Cask

Jonathan Gray, Founder & CEO of Cask, is an entrepreneur and software engineer with a background in open source and data. Prior to Cask, he was at Facebook working on projects like Facebook Messages. At startup Streamy, Jonathan was an early adopter of Hadoop and HBase committer.

Today we officially announced that Continuuity is changing our name to Cask. Since founding the company in 2011, we have been focused on providing developers in the Hadoop ecosystem with simple access to powerful technology. While we began with a proprietary software development and licensing model, we understood from the beginning that reaching developers and organizations of all kinds would require an open source, community-driven model. As we see companies solve real problems with data applications based on our technology and Hadoop, we believe now is the right time.

Open sourcing our platform

Our existing flagship product, Continuuity Reactor, is now the Cask Data Application Platform. CDAP enables developers to build a new class of data applications, including real-time and batch processing, with less dependence on Hadoop expertise. Data virtualization provides logical representations of data in CDAP Datasets and easy data ingestion with CDAP Streams, while app virtualization creates standardized containers for different application types and enables multiple processing paradigms on shared data. This means that developers can quickly and easily build a broader range of apps focusing on business logic, not core system services, and deploy those applications to production in far less time with greater operational visibility and control.

As an early committer to Apache HBase and participant in many open source projects, I’ve seen firsthand the power of the community, and believe that realizing the true potential from big data will only happen as a community, not through a single company or entity. We believe our technology addresses many significant challenges developers and organizations face and can help accelerate the adoption and value of the Hadoop ecosystem.

The first major step in the process of building a community around CDAP is for the Cask team to contribute the project to open source under the Apache License, Version 2.0. Cask projects will become increasingly community-driven and ultimately result in an open data application platform. Developers who are interested in joining the community, making contributions, or providing feebdack can learn more at CDAP’s open source community site, cdap.io.

New real-time streaming framework for Hadoop

Today, in collaboration with AT&T Labs, we are jointly releasing a developer preview of the open source Tigon project, a real-time streaming framework for Hadoop based on technology contributed by both companies. Originally code-named jetStream, Tigon combines traditional SQL-based in-memory CEP (complex event processing) performance and flexibility with distributed Java-based persistent and transactional event processing. Tigon is a native YARN application that integrates with HDFS and HBase for persistence and utilizes Tephra for transactions.

We are excited about the potential of Tigon as it brings the power of traditional in-memory CEP to open source and the usability of scalable, exactly-once event processing to Hadoop. Together it offers a simple, efficient and cost-effective way for developers to create a diverse range of apps that address a broad set of use cases, such as network intrusion detection, location analytics, and real-time recommendation engines. You can learn more at the Tigon community site, tigon.io.

Simplifying cluster management

Today, we are also releasing a new version of Coopr (formerly Continuuity Loom), open source infrastructure software that simplifies cluster provisioning and management on public and private clouds. Coopr 0.9.8 adds a number of multi-tenancy features, which provide IT administrators and DevOps with more robust automation capabilities and greater control and visibility into the allocation of computing resources. You can learn more at the Coopr community site, coopr.io.

Bolstering our leadership team

I’m very excited to announce that we have appointed tech veteran Boyd Davis as Chief Operating Officer (COO). As a member of our executive team and close partner to me, Boyd will drive our go-to market strategy and lead Cask’s sales and marketing teams. Boyd’s experience and expertise will be extremely valuable to us as Cask rapidly expands to meet growing developer and enterprise demand for our platform. With over 20 years of experience in technology, Boyd was previously vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter Software Division, which included Intel’s distribution for Hadoop. You can learn more about Boyd and why he joined the Cask team in his blog post.

Needless to say, I’m very optimistic about the future of Cask, the power of Hadoop data and app virtualization, the opportunity of the open source community, and the potential value of big data. If you are interested in joining and contributing to the CDAP community, check out our open source community site at cdap.io.

Commercial subscriptions for CDAP are also available starting today. For more information, visit cask.co.

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