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Roughly 18 months after its unveiling, the Kudu analytics storage engine is now becoming an officially supported part of the Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop platform.


  • This note analyzes where Kudu fits in with the Hadoop platform.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses how Kudu picks up where other Hadoop technologies, such as HDFS, HBase, and Parquet, leave off.
  • Drills down on the trade-offs involved with Kudu.
  • Analyzes the synergies with Impala.

Key questions answered

  • What gaps does Kudu fill?
  • Why use Kudu instead of Parquet?
  • How does Kudu work with Impala, or other Hadoop data access methods?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Filling a gap in the Hadoop stack
  • Why was Kudu necessary?
  • Why use Kudu?
  • How does Kudu stack up to the alternatives?


  • Further reading
  • Author

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