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August 5, 2011 / David Bleeker

Twitter to open source Hadoop-like tool

Attention webscale aficionados, Twitter says it is planning to open source Storm, its Hadoop-like real-time data processing tool. In a blog post Thursday, the microblogging network said it plans to release the Storm code on Sept. 19 at the Strange Loop event in St. Louis, Mo.

The question is — does the world need another real-time data processing tool? After all there are many tools like HStreaming (using Hadoop), the open source S4 and StreamBase, but the overall analytics market (if you can call it a market) is already fragmented. The Storm code comes from Twitter’s acquisition of BackType last month and seems to be an effort to get folks comfortable parsing data on Twitter. [read more]

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