Hadoop, in trouble? Only in Gartner-land

Gartner has been wrong before – but here's why they really blew it on Hadoop adoption

There are lies, damn lies ... and technology industry studies.

Back in May, Gartner released a survey that crapped all over the Hadoop industry: Of the 284 CIOs polled by Gartner, only 26 percent claimed to be "either deploying, piloting, or experimenting with Hadoop." Even with the small sample size and large margin of error, these were depressing numbers -- ones that contradicted the level of adoption people like me are seeing in the real world.

Well, Gartner has been wrong before. Released today, a new survey commissioned by AtScale that surveyed more than 2,100 people offers results a whole lot closer to what those of us in the field encounter. Most dramatically, 76 percent of respondents said they plan to use Hadoop -- or are already using it and plan to use it more.

Naturally, the AtScale numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt: AtScale is a Hadoop solutions provider and the survey was conducted on its behalf. But anecdotally, at least, I can tell you that the results paint a picture a closer to reality than Gartner's doom and gloom.

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