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Apache Hadoop reached a major milestone yesterday in the life cycle of any kind of software, its 1.0 release. While Hadoop has already rocketed to the top of the charts in the world of Big Data counting the likes of Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn among its contributors and customers, it has also picked up some interesting new fans in the form of erstwhile competitors Microsoft and Teradata.

Late last year Microsoft announced support for Hadoop in their cloud computing platform Windows Azure. And earlier, Big Data titan, Teradata, announced Hadoop support as well. So clearly the handwriting is on the wall and Hadoop stands ready to take a top position in world of Big Data just as Apache has already taken in the world of web servers. Happy 1.0 Hadoop!