With big data increasingly playing a role in many companies' thinking, one of the first questions that often crops up is what technology solutions are available to help them make the most of their information. And in many cases, the best answer is often Hadoop.

It was noted by Siliconangle that this platform has now been around for eight years and is verging on a maturity that will see it "hitting the big time" in the near future. Indeed, the publication stated that all the signs are pointing towards rapid adoption of the technology in the coming years – even though currently take-up remains relatively low.

Siliconangle highlighted International Data Corporation's (IDC's) most recent Trends in Enterprise Hadoop Deployments report, which revealed only around a third of firms have actually deployed Hadoop – although a further 36 per cent plan to do so in the next 12 months.

Among those companies that have adopted Hadoop, IDC's research revealed the vast majority of users are combining the tool with other databases in order to improve their big data analytics. Almost 39 per cent of respondents state that were using Hadoop in conjunction with NoSQL solutions like HBase, Cassandra and MongoDB.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted by Gartner looked beyond 'traditional' Hadoop uses to discover what else companies are deploying the technology for. It revealed the most popular secondary use for Hadoop is interactive SQL, which is performed by 53 per cent of users.

It also found 18 per cent are running database management systems, 14 per cent are conducting stream processing and nine per cent are running searches.

"That interactive SQL has become so popular with Hadoop users is a sign of how far things have come," Siliconangle stated. "Hadoop vendors are recognising the platform’s limitations and seeking to address them." 

The publication also highlighted that companies are employing Hadoop for a wide range of scenarios, which it said is a reflection of how versatile the tool is, with potentially hundreds of different applications ready to be discovered. Use cases for Hadoop include e-commerce, infrastructure management, energy savings, fraud detection and many more.

"With so many industries seeing value in Hadoop despite its relatively low rate of current enterprise adoption, its easy to see why there’s so much optimism about the future", Siliconangle concluded.