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January 19, 2017updated 20 Jan 2017 12:37pm

MapR claims open source big data victory with patent award

The big data company has increased the number of patents it owns.

By James Nunns

MapR Technologies has been awarded a patent for the Converged Data Platform.

The big data company revealed that it had been awarded the patent which covers the key technologies that underpin components of the MapR Converged Data Platform, including the multi-modal NoSQL database and the global streaming engine.

The patent, US9,501,483, which was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, covers key components such as protection for file, table and stream processing for technology advances such as convergence, fast processing with low latency, high availability and Strong consistency, and security.

The company said that these inventions help the Converged Data Platform to deliver a “core architecture for data-centric businesses,” along key areas such as enterprise-grade reliability, global, real-time, continuous data processing, continuous innovation and a foundation for converged analytics.

MapRThe continuous innovation element is a patented core with standard APIs that is designed to get the most out of Apache Hadoop and Spark.

Matt Mills, CEO, MapR Technologies said: “Strengthening our growing IP portfolio, this patent reinforces our commitment to allowing our customers to uniquely run both operational and analytical processing on a single platform.

“Unlike Apache Hadoop or alternative big data technologies, the patented Converged Data Platform provides a unified and fast access layer to any type of data. We enable companies to take advantage of next generation applications, creating innovation and advancing their business through digital transformation.”

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MapR claims to have the industry’s only converged data platform that integrates Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage.

The award of this patent marks the second granted to MapR, following a December 2015 award. This marks progress for both the company and open source big data on the whole, which has seen a sparse number of patents in the past.

IBM meanwhile is consistently the biggest holder of patents in the tech industry, recently taking the top spot for 2016.

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