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MapR Sets New MinuteSort Record; Grabs $30 Million

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Hadoop distributor MapR Technologies recently announced that it had set a new world MinuteSort record using Google’s cloud-based compute offering. Following up on that, the company just raised a further $30 million in investment.

The MinuteSort record saw MapR’s Hadoop offering sorting 15 billion 100-byte records (or 1.5 TB) in 60 seconds, using the Google Compute Engine. Some 2,103 virtual instances were deployed, each instance consisting of four virtual cores and one virtual disk, for a total of 8,412 virtual cores and 2,103 virtual disks.  The previous record was 1.4 TB in 60 seconds.  The Google Compute Engine is currently available in limited test mode, but will soon be generally available.

As if to celebrate the new record, MapR has just raised $30 million in a third round of financing, according to an SEC filing.  The company recently expanded into Europe with offices in London and Munich, and plans to expand into Asia.  The third round was led by Mayfield Fund, and existing investors New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Redpoint Ventures also participated. The company has raised nearly $60 million in total – though that’s less than half the sum raised by rival Cloudera.

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