WANdisco's Hadoop deal with British Gas

Non-stop Hadoop for Hortonworks British Gas dealOne of the UK's Big Six energy suppliers British Gas has signed a US$750,000 deal with California-based big data company WANdisco in a show of support for the Hadoop analytical framework.

Under the agreement, British Gas is extending the deployment of big data solution Non-Stop Hadoop for Hortonworks used for live customer-facing operations.

Built on Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the Non-Stop Hadoop product provides continuous processing of large volumes of smart meter data across multiple data centers, WANdisco said in a statement.

The open source software project is designed to scale up from a single server to thousands of machines, with a very high degree of fault tolerance.

Big data service pilot

British Gas released results in March 2014 of a pilot project to collect real-time data from more than a million residential smart meters, which showed how the energy supplier could make cost savings in data storage and processing without data loss or downtime.

The new three-year subscription, which WANdisco said is its largest big data deal to date, will see Non-Stop Hadoop for Hortonworks move into live production, with the amount of data under management scaled up to more than twice its original level.

Real-time analytics from the 'Connected Homes' program will allow British Gas to match energy supply with demand and make it possible for business and residential customers to take greater control of their energy use.

David Richards, CEO and co-founder of WANdisco, said: "Customers see our Hadoop technology as critical for enterprise big data deployments.

"Enlarging our footprint with existing customers like British Gas, in addition to gathering new customers, is a very important part of our strategy. This deal clearly demonstrates our ability to expand a small initial big data deployment into a much larger deal."

Public interest in Hadoop

Hortonworks, a vendor of Hadoop, secured US$100 million in its initial public offering in the US in late December 2014.

And in its first day of trading, the company's stock rose 65% from $16 to $26.38 per share at the close of trading.

Investors are believed to be interested in Hadoop as more chief information officers are buying into the system for managing big data.