Large, midsize and webscale businesses are describing their latest big data and analytics projects at this week's Hadoop Summit in San Jose. True believers include Aetna, AirBnB, Fidelity Investments, Home Depot, TrueCar and Uber, just to name a few. But just how big is the Hadoop wave -- and what other milestones will Hadoop Summit deliver this week? Here are the updates.

In a podcast interview, Hortonworks VP of Corporate Strategy Shaun Connolly describes how Hadoop is moving along the technology adoption curve -- especially as businesses seek to modernize their approach to analytics. Although some pundits expressed concern about a recent Gartner market forecast for Hadoop, Connolly says the Gartner figures actually show Hadoop moving nicely along that adoption curve.

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