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Venture capitalists are pouring millions of dollars into startups that are betting their futures on the powerful data tool called Hadoop. The tool holds promise for companies and government agencies that are trying to solve their Big Data problems in a way that’s cheap and more efficient. Hadoop, which is essentially a giant file system with virtually unlimited capacity, was inspired by an academic paper from Google, but since it was designed by and for computer scientists, it’s been notoriously difficult to use. That in turn has slowed its adoption. Last week, The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal cited data showing that only a quarter of large and mid-sized companies have moved their Hadoop projects beyond the planning phase, with 70% reporting technical challenges including increased requirements for manual coding of software, training and time. But several young companies are trying to reverse that trend.