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Today we are excited to announce a deepening of our strategic partnership with HP . This news builds on the reseller partnership that we established in 2013 enabling HP to resell the Hortonworks Data Platform. It also allows us to build on the HP AllianceOne ConvergedSystems Partner of the Year Award that we received at the recent HP Discover 2014 conference for our strategic partnership.

Given the rapid adoption of Enterprise Hadoop as a core component of a modern data architecture combined with the fact that HP is the world’s leading server vendor in terms of shipments AND revenues according to IDC – meaning a significant number of those Hadoop nodes are being deployed with HP technologies – it’s hardly surprising that we’ve been collaborating closely.…

Merv Adrian couldn’t have said it better. In his blog post from the weekend, he continued in his quest to define Hadoop. And it is no easy quest as the components of, and evolution of, Hadoop is happening at a pace that is, frankly, astounding.

The continuous evolution of Hadoop has even given rise to sentiments such as ‘Is Hadoop dead? ‘ The answer to that question is YES. And NO.  …

We certainly live in interesting times. About 20 months ago, in an effort to find proprietary differentiation that could be used to monetize and lock in customers to their model, Cloudera unveiled Impala and at that time Mike Olson stated “Our view is that, long-term, this will supplant Hive”. Only 6 months ago in his Impala v Hive post, Olson defended his “decision to develop Impala from the ground up as a new project, rather than improving the existing Apache Hive project” stating “Put bluntly: We chose to build Impala because Hive is the wrong architecture for real-time distributed SQL processing.”

So, 20 months after abandoning Hive and repeated marketing attempts to throw Hive and many other SQL alternatives under the bus in lieu of their “better” approach, I’m certainly puzzled as Cloudera unveils their plan to enable Apache Hive to run on Apache Spark; please see HIVE-7292 for details.…

Today, we announce certification of Apache Spark as YARN Ready. This certification ensures memory and CPU intensive Spark-based applications can co-exist within a single Hadoop cluster with all the other workloads you have deployed. Together, they allow you to use a single cluster with a single set of data for multiple purposes rather than silo your Spark workloads into a separate cluster.

If there’s one thing my interactions with our customers has taught me, it’s that Apache Hadoop didn’t disrupt the datacenter, the data did. The explosion of new types of data in recent years has put tremendous pressure on the datacenter, both technically and financially, and an architectural shift is underway where Enterprise Hadoop is playing a key role in the resulting modern data architecture.

Download our Whitepaper: Hadoop and a Modern Data Architecture.

Due to the flourish of Apache Software Foundation projects that have emerged in recent years in and around the Apache Hadoop project, a common question I get from mainstream enterprises is: What is the definition of Hadoop?

Download our Whitepaper: Hadoop and a Modern Data Architecture.

This question goes beyond the Apache Hadoop project itself, since most folks know that it’s an open source technology borne out of the experience of web scale consumer companies such as Yahoo!, Facebook and others who were confronted with the need to store and process massive quantities of data.…

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) provides valuable stewardship and guide-rails for projects interested in attracting the broadest community of involvement as possible, especially across a wide range of vendors and end users. While the ASF’s role is not about guaranteeing wild success for every project, they do a great job of providing a place where the broadest community of people, ideas, and code can come together and raise an elephant, so to speak.…

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve used memorable movie quotes to help people understand a key point in a way that lightens the mood and generates some laughs. If you’re going to work hard, you gotta have fun, right???

“Don’t make me angry… you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”

The big data market is rife with aspirational marketing misinformation, which among other things causes customer confusion, slows the path to value, and frankly, makes me a little angry.…

2013 was certainly a revealing year for the Enterprise Hadoop market. We witnessed the emergence of the YARN-based architecture of Hadoop 2 and a strong ecosystem embracement that will fuel its next big wave of innovation. The analyst community accurately predicted Hadoop’s market momentum would greatly accelerate, but none predicted a pure play vendor would publicly declare its intent to pivot away from the Enterprise Hadoop market. Interesting times indeed!

Join us on Tuesday January 21st where we’ll be covering the Enterprise Hadoop State of the Union in more detail.…

Typical delivery of enterprise software involves a very controlled date with a secret roadmap designed to wow prospects, customers, press and analysts…or at least that is the way it usually works.  Open source, however, changes this equation.

As described here, the vision for extending Hadoop beyond its batch-only roots in support of interactive and real-time workloads was set by Arun Murthy back in 2008. The initiation of YARN, the key technology for enabling this vision, started in earnest in 2011, was declared GA by the community in the recent Apache Hadoop 2.2 release, and is now delivered for mainstream enterprises and the broader commercial ecosystem with the release of Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0.…

The convergence of big data and cloud is a disruptive market force that we at Hortonworks not only want to encourage but also accelerate. Our partnerships with Microsoft and Rackspace have been perfect examples of bringing Hadoop to the cloud in a way that enables choice and delivers meaningful value to enterprise customers. In January, Hortonworks joined the OpenStack Foundation in support of our efforts with Rackspace (i.e. OpenStack-based Hadoop solution for the public and private cloud).…

There have been many Apache Hadoop-related announcements the past few weeks, making it difficult to separate the signal from the marketing noise. One thing is crystal clear however… there is a large and growing appetite for Enterprise Hadoop because it helps unlock new insights and business opportunities in a way that was not previously technologically or economically feasible.

Enterprise and Open Source are NOT Mutually Exclusive

Dan Woods from Forbes, recently penned an article entitled “Why SQL Matters, the Limits of Open Source, and Other Lessons of EMC Greenplum’s Pivotal HD” where he paints a picture of enterprise and open source in opposite corners.…

 

In Derrick Harris’ article on GigaOM entitled “EMC to Hadoop competition: See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya.”, EMC unveiled their new Pivotal HD offering which effectively re-architects the Greenplum analytic database so it sits on top of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Scott Yara, Greenplum cofounder, is excited about the new product. Since a key focus for us at Hortonworks is to deeply integrate Hadoop with other data systems (a la our efforts with Teradata, Microsoft, MarkLogic, and others), I’m always excited to see data system providers like Greenplum decide to store their data natively in HDFS.…

 

Last week, we outlined our approach for delivering an enterprise viable Apache Hadoop distribution in the open.  Simply put: we believe the fastest way to innovate is to do our work within the open source community, introduce enterprise feature requirements into that public domain, and to work diligently to progress existing open source projects and incubate new projects to meet those needs.

In support of our approach, this week we’ve announced the submission of two new incubation projects to the Apache Software foundation together with the launch of the “Stinger Initiative”, all aimed at enhancing the security and performance of Hadoop applications.  …

 

At Hortonworks, our strategy is founded on the unwavering belief in the power of community driven open source software. In the spirit of openness, we think it’s important to share our perspectives around the broader context of how Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks came to be, what we are doing now, and why we believe our unique focus is good for Apache Hadoop, the ecosystem of Hadoop users, and for Hortonworks as well.…

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