Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Cloudera. Cloudera will become a private company with the flexibility and resources to accelerate product innovation, cloud transformation and customer growth. Cloudera will benefit from the operating capabilities, capital support and expertise of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and KKR – two of the most experienced and successful global investment firms in the world recognized for supporting the growth strategies of the businesses they back.
As a private company, we can be even more agile and will continue to be focused on investing in innovation, building on our leadership position and staying ahead of the competition. Our partnership with CD&R and KKR will enable us to pursue exciting new markets that offer tremendous growth opportunities.
In summary, the next chapter for Cloudera will allow us to concentrate our efforts on strategic business opportunities and take thoughtful risks that help accelerate growth. This means we can double down on our strategy – continuing to win the Hybrid Data Cloud battle in the IT department AND building new, easy-to-use cloud solutions for the line of business. It also means we can complete our business transformation with the systems, processes and people that support a new operating model.
Our business strategy remains fully intact. We are leading the way with CDP – the industry’s first Enterprise Data Cloud, and the only true hybrid and multi-cloud solution purpose-built to address the complete data lifecycle – from the Edge to AI. CDP is gaining tremendous momentum in the market and the rate of adoption in our customers is at an all-time high. In fact, hundreds of customers have already begun their migration to CDP, representing a substantial percentage of our base.
And, the Enterprise Data Cloud category we invented is also growing. In fact, recent articles by Patrick Moorhead, Mike Feibus, and many others represent a clear trend toward integrated data platforms. Everyone from Snowflake and DataBricks to Google and Microsoft claim to have one, but the truth is that we are leading the way in the hybrid data cloud space. Hybrid cloud matters. Multi-cloud matters. Integration between lifecycle analytic functions matters. Consistent security and governance matters. Open source matters. And only Cloudera delivers on every dimension.
Our vision and mission
Of course, the work is not done. We can and must do more. After all, we invented the whole idea of Big Data. So what’s our next big idea? Well, at Cloudera, we envision a world where everyone can quickly and easily access the data-powered information and insights they need – in just a few clicks.
So what does that mean for all of us? It means that beginning today, Cloudera has a new mission. The mission is to “Make data and analytics easy and accessible, for everyone.” We mean all types of data – big and small, structured and unstructured. The analytics we deliver must be easy to use for both IT practitioners and line of business users. Our customers must also have secure access to their data from anywhere – from on-premises to hybrid clouds and multiple public clouds. Ultimately, our new mission means that complexity is our enemy. We must integrate and optimize the end-to-end data lifecycle for our customers, empowering them to focus on what really matters – extracting value from their data.
Two more things…
You may have noticed that we actually made more than one big announcement this morning. We also announced that we have agreed to acquire a pair of young, exciting SaaS companies, Datacoral and Cazena. We believe these acquisitions will accelerate our public cloud roadmap and expand our market opportunity. This is an important milestone in Cloudera’s history, as we move beyond big data and “self-managed” services. These acquisitions usher in a new era of “self-service” by automating complex operations so customers can focus on building great data-driven apps instead of managing infrastructure.
Datacoral powers fast and easy data transformations for any type of data via a robust multi-tenant SaaS architecture that runs in AWS. Said simply, Datacoral offers a fully-managed service for worry-free data integrations. Future-proof, “no-code” connectors enable customers to extract data from a wide range of popular data sources, and multi-level transformations are automatically orchestrated using, just, SQL.
Cazena powers the delivery of instant cloud data lakes, making it possible to accelerate time to analytics and AI/ML from months to minutes. Cazena’s platform includes end-to-end SaaS orchestration, so customers get a fully-managed operations model that delivers guaranteed security and performance 24×7. Cazena’s technology and DevOps team handle patches, upgrades and configuration. Designed for the cloud, Cazena’s technology will enable Cloudera customers to easily and cost-effectively migrate to CDP for Public Cloud as a SaaS offering.
Wrapping it up
Wow. What a day. Let’s try to quickly summarize. Cloudera has agreed to partner with CD&R and KKR who share our vision and values to turn the page to a new chapter of growth and innovation. We are proud of what we have already built and accomplished together, but we know there is much more to do. Together, we can work on an even brighter future. A future where every business and every business person can go from simply working with data to making data-powered decisions faster and easier than previously imaginable. Now that’s a future worth working towards. Onward!
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In connection with the proposed transaction between Cloudera, Inc. (“Cloudera”) and affiliates of CD&R and KKR, a special stockholder meeting will be announced soon to obtain stockholder approval in connection with the proposed transaction. Cloudera expects to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) a proxy statement (the “Proxy Statement”), the definitive version of which will be sent or provided to Cloudera stockholders. Cloudera may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This document is not a substitute for the Proxy Statement or any other document which Cloudera may file with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement (when it is available) and other documents that are filed or will be filed with the SEC by Cloudera through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, Cloudera’s investor relations website at https://investors.cloudera.com/home/default.aspx or by contacting the Cloudera investor relations department at the following:
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