Hadoop Is A Recursive Acronym

Hopefully, that title got your attention. A recursive acronym – the term first appeared in the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and is likely more familiar to tech folks who know Gnu – is self-referential (as in “Gnu’s not Unix.”) So how did I conclude Hadoop, whose name origin we know, fits the definition? Easy – like everyone else, I’m redefining Hadoop to suit my own purposes. 

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About Merv Adrian
Gartner Research VP, technology analyst and consultant, 30 years of industry experience, covering software mostly, hardware sometimes.

One Response to Hadoop Is A Recursive Acronym

  1. Ranko Mosic says:

    I don’t think name matters that much. What is happening is incredibly easy data management oriented MPP on commodity platforms, and incumbents are not part of it, except as extend and embrace. What it will contain will change forever. Oracle RDBMS also stood for many things.

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