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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.…

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

Many of the world’s largest telecommunications companies use Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to manage their data. Through partnership with these companies, we have learned how our customers use HDP to improve customer satisfaction, make better infrastructure investments and develop new products.…

The year is coming to its end. Maybe you’re reading this as you race to check a few more 2013 items off of your to-do list (at work or at home). Or maybe you’ve already got a hot toddy in your hand and your feet kicked up, with slippers warming your toes.

In 2013, I have been fortunate enough to spend the year speaking with our customers and I learned about how so many important organizations are using Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to solve real problems.…

In God we trust, all others must bring data.
Dr. W. Edwards Deming
Dr. W. Edwards Deming was a statistician and manufacturing consultant who worked on Japanese reconstruction after WWII. His quality control methods influenced innovative Japanese manufacturing processes that simultaneously increased volume, reduced cost, and improved quality. Near the end of his career, Deming taught the same lessons to U.S. automakers.

To this day, the “Deming Prize” is one of the highest rewards for Total Quality Management in the world.…

We have heard plenty in the news lately about healthcare challenges and the difficult choices faced by hospital administrators, technology and pharmaceutical providers, researchers, and clinicians. At the same time, consumers are experiencing increased costs without a corresponding increase in health security or in the reliability of clinical outcomes.

One key obstacle in the healthcare market is data liquidity (for patients, practitioners and payers) and some are using Apache Hadoop to overcome this challenge, as part of a modern data architecture.…

Behind all the Big Data hype, there is one common thread: Apache Hadoop and its associated components ARE the technology platform of choice. And here at Hortonworks, that’s what we do: Hadoop.

That is also why we are so excited about the incredible growth in customers who have chosen to work with us to ensure their implementation of Hadoop and realize their vision of a modern data architecture.

Here are the key reasons we believe that we can best help your enterprise with Apache Hadoop.…

We’re continuing our series of quick interviews with Apache Hadoop project committers at Hortonworks.

This week Mahadev Konar discusses Apache Ambari, the open source Apache project to simplify management of a Hadoop cluster.

Mahadev was on the team at Yahoo! in 2006 that started developing what became Apache Hadoop. Since then, he has also held leadership positions in the Apache Zookeeper and Apache Ambari projects. He is an architect and project management committee member for Apache Ambari, Apache ZooKeeper and Apache Hadoop.…

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