MapR, one of the best-known providers of Hadoop, has declined to participate in the Open Data Platform -- an industry standards initiative that includes EMC, Hortonworks, IBM and several other big names. But what actually drove MapR's decision to avoid Open Data Platform involvement?

MapR CEO John Schroeder offers clear answers and concerns in a blog. He alleges that the standards group is trying to solve problems that don't need solving -- especially when the Apache Software Foundation already governs Hadoop. He also points to a range of questions involving ODP dues, voting rights and funding uses.

The elephant in the room involves vendor control -- with Schroeder raising questions about ODP's formation just as EMC's Pivotal business changed its Hadoop strategy, aligned with Hortonworks and allegedly laid off engineers.

Sounds Familiar

Schroeder's questions aren't new nor are they unique to MapR. Some open source pundits have openly wondered whether Open Data Platform represents customer-focused standards work -- or vendors trying to redraw a market landscape without two of the leading startups (Cloudera and MapR) involved.

Whatever the case, MapR seems committed to ongoing work with the Apache Software Foundation rather than ODP. And so far, business seems to be progressing just fine. A case in point: MapR's bookings increased more than 100 percent for the six-month period ending March 31, 2015 compared to the six months prior.

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