The lineup of value-added Big Data solutions for the open source Hadoop platform grew a little larger this week with the introduction of new data transfer and replication features from Attunity, an information-management vendor focused on the enterprise. The move also highlights the steady demand for integrative software packages that fill in the missing pieces for organizations aiming to build Big Data platforms based on open source tools.

The new features are part of Attunity's RepliWeb for Enterprise File Replication (EFR) version 6.0 and focus on making it easier to transfer large amounts of data into and out of Hadoop by taking advantage of data-transfer speed and reliability enhancements. They support several variants of Hadoop, including Apache's, Greenplum HD and Hortonworks.

Attunity envisions the Hadoop capabilities of the product proving particularly useful for organizations with recurring needs for moving around large amounts of data, such as those in the e-commerce, healthcare, infrastructure management and mobile industries. Given the soaring popularity of Hadoop within the Big Data channel and its convergence with the cloud, the range of conceivable applications for RepliWeb is very broad.

Beyond the novel Hadoop tools, RepliWeb for EFR 6.0 also offers dashboards and monitoring tools for tracking data transfers, SSL encryption, delta-style replication (which ensures that only the updated parts of a file are copied, saving time and bandwidth) and integration with Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) AWS cloud platform through Attunity's CloudBeam SaaS service. RepliWeb is also cross-platform, with support for Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows as well as Linux and other Unix-like platforms.

Having been around for nearly two decades, Attunity is well-established within the world of enterprise data management. While most of its products run in the back-end and offer benefits that only IT personnel can fully understand in technical terms, the company positions its solutions more broadly as tools for enhancing business efficiency and control by managing data more effectively.

From the viewpoint of the channel, the focus on Hadoop at the center of Attunity's latest offering underlines the need for value-added tools that help to plug up some of the gaps between major Big Data and cloud platforms. Even though much of the software on which organizations are building their next-generation infrastructure is open source--or, perhaps, because of it--the base packages don't always connect among themselves as effectively as possible, providing opportunities for channel partners to step in.