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What has two buzzwords and scares the heck out of Oracle? MONDERA!

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MongoDB and Cloudera have announced a partnership that will link their sales, marketing, and technology assets together, posing a significant threat to incumbents like Oracle and IBM and other startups like VMware's Pivotal.

The tie-up was announced on Tuesday and will see NoSQL database company MongoDB work with Hadoop firm Cloudera on selling and marketing their technologies and, crucially, getting their engineers to work together on integrating the software.

The partnership follows Cloudera scoring a phenomenal $740m in funding from Intel in March, though discussions for this partnership actually started last November, according to Yuri Bukhan, Cloudera's director of ISV Alliances,

"We're seeing demand from our joint customers. This demand is very much real," he explained. "We're actively working with them to talk about this modern platform that we're looking to provide them."

That "platform" will be an amalgamation of the two companies' tech, and will contain a set of data analytics technologies based around Hadoop (Cloudera) along with the MongoDB database (MongoDB) as a front-end data manipulation, querying, and ingestion engine, Bukhan explained.

The two companies are currently exploring further ways they can combine their technologies, but it seems likely that the partnership will yield a data platform somewhat akin to that fielded by Pivotal (a combination of database, Hadoop, and Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service), and others.

"In the near-term we've certified the MongoDB Connector for Hadoop which today provides some really interesting capabilities to move data from MongoDB to HDFS but also to move data from HDFS to MongoDB," MongoDB's director of product Kelly Stirman told El Reg. "It also allows MapReduce jobs to run natively within MongoDB."

There's much more planned, he said. "This is just the beginning."

Given Hadoop's tendency to absorb tons of organizational data into its Hadoop File System, and MongoDB's frequent use by developers on experimental IT projects, we imagine some will be keen to see the results of this partnership. After all, the possibilities of pairing Hadoop's distributed storage and compute engine with the easy-to-use frontend of MongoDB are rather tantalizing.

So, watch out Oracle, IBM, and Pivotal: Cloudera and MongoDB's terrible twosome is limbering up to get into your market. Keep your eyes peeled for MONDERA business cards scattered in future sales meetings. ®

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