For those who don’t know, I joined Cloudera in January of this year. One of my first projects was to help create an Apache 2.0 licensed distribution of Apache Hadoop that is easy-to-install and stable. If you’re interested in running Hadoop on your cluster, you should take a moment to read my recent Cloudera blog post on our latest release. I’m thrilled to be working for a company that values open-source software. I’m also a committer on the Apache Avro project, where I’m working on the C implementation of the Avro marshalling/RPC protocol. Avro has great promise as a replacement for our current XDR/XML schemas. More on that in a later post. For all the ganglia users out there that run Hadoop on their clusters and want to go to Hadoop World 2009, I’ve got a special discount code for you. Just use the discount code hadoopworld_friend_cloudera_ganglia when you register and you’ll immediately get 50% off the cost of registration (a drop from from $299 to $149.50). This discount code expires September 21st so don’t wait too long to register. I want the ganglia community to have a chance to be strongly represented at Hadoop World. Hadoop World 2009 will be in New York on October 2nd, 2009. I invite you to come learn about what the following companies have done with Hadoop: About.com, Booz Allen Hamilton, China Mobile, ContextWeb, eBay, Facebook, IBM, Intel, JPMC, Microsoft, The New York Times, NexR, Rackspace, Vertica, Visa, Visible Measures, Yale, and Yahoo! If you have ever wondered what Hadoop might be able to do for you, this is your chance to learn both from leaders in the webspace and within your own industry.