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Oscar Padilla, Vice President of Strategy at Luminar, is our guest blogger. He shares his thoughts and insights about Apache Hadoop, Hortonworks Data Platform, and Luminar’s journey to the Data Lake.

Luminar is the first big data analytics provider focused specifically on U.S. Latino consumers. Our company offers analysis based on empirical insights, rather than with a sample-based approach. Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) make this empirical approach work at scale.…

Customers’ Hadoop Journey

We’ve all had two weeks to reflect on Hadoop Summit 2014. One of the biggest differences that stood out in this year’s Summit (as compared to Summit 2013) was the presence of large enterprise customers that are using Apache Hadoop as an important part of their modern data architectures.

Hadoop has gone beyond its original Yahoo use case—indexing the web via a nightly batch MapReduce process —and into the mainstream of daily data processing and analytics with real-time, online, interactive, and batch applications at many notable companies.…

Big Data In Healthcare

Electronic data is the heartbeat in a healthcare provider’s office. ZirMed is a Hortonworks customer and a leading provider of healthcare information management solutions. Healthcare providers, including physicians, hospitals and large health systems, use the company’s cloud-based revenue cycle management offerings to manage the complex process of billing and collecting revenue from patients and payers.

ZirMed’s Analytics solution aggregates healthcare data and makes it available to its customers, so they get a clearer view of their financial and operational performance.…

On May 15, Owen O’Malley and Carter Shanklin hosted the second of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars. Owen and Carter discussed the Stinger Initiative and the improvements to Apache Hive that are included in HDP 2.1:

  • Faster queries with Hive on Tez, vectorized query execution and a cost-based optimizer
  • New SQL semantics and datatypes
  • SQL-standard authorization
  • The Hive job visualizer in Apache Ambari
  • And many more

Here is the complete recording of the webinar.…

Last week Vinay Shukla and Kevin Minder hosted the first of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars. Vinay and Kevin covered three important topics related to new Apache Hadoop security features in HDP 2.1:

  • REST API security with Apache Knox Gateway
  • HDFS security with Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • SQL security and next-generation Hive authorization

Here is the complete recording of the webinar.

Here are the presentation slides: http://www.slideshare.net/hortonworks/discoverhdp21security

Attend our next Discover HDP 2.1 webinar tomorrow, Thursday, May 15 at 10am Pacific Time: Interactive SQL Query in Hadoop with Apache Hive

We’re grateful to the many participants who joined and asked excellent questions.…

Last week’s release of HDP 2.1 was packed with countless new features for enterprise Hadoop. These included new processing capabilities with Tez and Hive on YARN, Solr and Storm, to operations with Ambari, governance with Falcon and security with Knox.

To guide you through these capabilities, Hortonworks is hosting a new series of webinars beginning on May 8 and running to June 26.

You can join any or all of the webinars listed below, and we’ve provided a simple way of signing up for all 7.…

This is the seventh in our series on modern data architectures across industry verticals. Others in the series are:

Any financial services business cares about minimizing risk and maximizing opportunity. Banks weigh the risk of opening accounts versus the opportunity to hold deposits.…

Luminar is one of Hortonworks’ original customers. Apache Hadoop is a pillar of their modern data architecture, and since choosing Hortonworks in 2012, the Luminar team became expert users of Hortonworks Data Platform version 1.

They were eager to migrate to HDP2 after it launched in October 2013.

I recently spoke with Juan Manuel Alonso, Luminar’s Manager of Insights. Juan Manuel worked with the Hortonworks professional services team to plan and execute the migration from HDP1 to HDP2.…

This is the sixth in our series on modern data architectures across industry verticals. Others in the series are:

The United States is enjoying resurgent fossil fuel production. In fact, the International Energy Agency estimates that by 2016, the U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest oil producer.…

This is the fifth in our series on modern data architectures across industry verticals. Others in the series are:

Consumers have never generated so much data on how they research, discuss and buy products. This new data is valuable for shaping and promoting a brand or product, but it doesn’t line up neatly to fit in pre-defined, tabular formats.…

This is the fourth in our series on modern data architectures across industry verticals. Others in the series are:

We’ve probably all heard the famous quote by John Wanamaker, the father of modern advertising: “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.”

Wanamaker would love Apache Hadoop for retail applications, because it diminishes (or eliminates) the dilemma he described.…

I recently sat down with Mahadev Konar and Jeff Sposetti to discuss Apache Ambari v1.4.1. Ambari 1.4.1 is a single framework to provision, manage and monitor clusters based on the Hadoop 2 stack, with YARN and NameNode HA on HDFS.

Mahadev is one of the original architects of Apache Hadoop, a co-founder of Hortonworks, and a committer on Apache Ambari and Apache ZooKeeper. Jeff is the Hortonworks product manager focused on Apache Ambari and Apache Falcon.…

I recently sat down with Himanshu Bari to discuss how Apache Ambari will serve as the single point of management for Hadoop 2 clusters integrated with Apache Storm and its real-time, streaming event processing.

Himanshu discusses Apache Storm’s five key benefits and how those will add to the power and stability of a Hadoop 2 stack, providing analysis of huge data flows from the second data is created and then for decades of historical analysis of that data stored in HDFS.…

I recently sat down with Devaraj Das and Carter Shanklin to discuss the dramatic improvements delivered in Apache HBase version 0.96 included in HDP 2.0.

Now HBase runs on Windows and (whether on Linux or Windows) it recovers from failures much more quickly, with dramatic improvements in mean time to recovery (MTTR).

Devaraj is one of the original architects of Apache Hadoop and Carter is the Hortonworks product manager focused on HBase.…

I recently sat down with Owen O’Malley and Carter Shanklin to discuss the dramatic improvements delivered by the Stinger Initiative to version 0.12 of Apache Hive, which is well on its way to being 100x faster than pre-Stinger versions of Hive. That means interactive queries on petabytes of data.

Owen is one of the original architects of Apache Hadoop and Carter is the Hortonworks product manager focused on Hive. Together, they explain the speed, scale and SQL semantics delivered in Apache Hive v0.12, which is included in Hortonworks Data Platform v2.0.…

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