Cascading Named 2012 Best Open Source Software Winner

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Cascading Named 2012 Best Open Source Software Winner

IDG’s InfoWorld Bossie Awards Recognize Top Open Source Software for Enterprises

SAN FRANCISCO – September 19, 2012 – Concurrent, Inc., the enterprise Big Data application platform company behind the open source project Cascading, has been recognized as a winner of InfoWorld’s Best of Open Source Software Awards in the “Best Open Source Databases” category. Known as the “Bossies,” the annual awards recognize the best free and open source software the world has to offer to businesses, IT professionals and productive individuals who rely on computers to get work done.

Selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers, the 2012 Bossies celebrate software products and companies that demonstrate innovation, functionality, ease-of-use, implementation and a proven track record in serving the needs of today’s businesses.

Cascading is an application framework enabling Java developers to quickly and easily build robust data processing and machine learning applications on Apache Hadoop that can be deployed on clusters running in the cloud or within private data centers. Available under the Apache 2.0 License Agreement, Cascading offers an alternate API to MapReduce to simplify Big Data application development and deployment.

Recognized companies including, Airbnb, Climate Corporation, Etsy, FlightCaster, iCrossing, Razorfish, Trulia, TeleNav and Twitter are using Cascading to streamline data processing, data filtering and workflow optimization for large volumes of unstructured and semi-structured data. With a quickly growing community around it, Cascading is also at the core of popular language extensions including, PyCascading, Scalding and Cascalog (open source projects sponsored by Twitter) and tools including, CloudFront LogAnalyzer (developed by Amazon).

“It is a great honor to have Concurrent named a Bossie winner,” said Chris Wensel, CEO and founder of Concurrent Inc. “To be held in such high esteem by our industry is a real privilege — the recognition validates the value and quality of our open source technology.  Large companies have built mission critical applications that depend on Cascading to address their business challenges, and our vision is to continue to help developers be the most productive when developing any type of Big Data application.”

The 2012 Bossie winners include more than 100 products in seven categories covering business and productivity applications, development tools, middleware, networking, security and storage. The full award results are available at

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About Concurrent, Inc.

Concurrent, Inc. is the enterprise Big Data application platform company. Founded in 2008 by Chris Wensel, the author of the popular open source Cascading API, Concurrent simplifies Big Data application development, deployment and management on Apache Hadoop. Concurrent is based in San Francisco and funded by Rembrandt Venture Partners and True Ventures. Visit Concurrent online at 

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