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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.…

I recently delivered a webinar entitled “Hortonworks State of the Union”. For those new to Apache Hadoop, I covered a brief history of Hadoop and Hortonworks’ role within the open source community. We also covered how the platform services, data services, and operational services required to enable Hadoop as an enterprise-viable platform evolved in 2012.

Finally, we discussed the important progress made on deeply integrating Hadoop within next-generation data architectures in a way that makes sense for the enterprise.…

Over the course of 2012, through Hortonworks’ leadership within the Apache Ambari community we have seen the rapid creation of an enterprise-class management platform required for enabling Apache Hadoop to be an enterprise viable data platform.  Hortonworks engineers and the broader Ambari community have been working hard on their latest release, and we’d like to highlight the exciting progress that’s been made to Ambari, a 100% open and free solution that delivers the features required from an enterprise-class management platform for Apache Hadoop.…

At Hortonworks, we fundamentally believe that, in the not-so-distant future, Apache Hadoop will process over half the world’s data flowing through businesses. We realize this is a BOLD vision that will take a lot of hard work by not only Hortonworks and the open source community, but also software, hardware, and solution vendors focused on the Hadoop ecosystem, as well as end users deploying platforms powered by Hadoop.

If the vision is to be achieved, we need to accelerate the process of enabling the masses to benefit from the power and value of Apache Hadoop in ways where they are virtually oblivious to the fact that Hadoop is under the hood.…

Having worked at JBoss and Red Hat from 2004 to 2008 and SpringSource and VMware from 2008 to 2011, I’ve been focused on the world of open source software for a long while. I’ve been blessed to be able to serve enterprise customer needs with high quality open source software such as JBoss Application Server, Hibernate, Drools, Apache Web Server, Apache Tomcat, Spring … and now Apache Hadoop.

As specific open source technologies mature and their use becomes mainstream, it becomes increasingly important to understand and communicate the balancing act that needs to happen between community innovation and enterprise stability.…

Since joining Hortonworks at the beginning of the year, a question I’ve heard over and over again is “What is Apache Hadoop and what is it used for?”

There’s clearly a lot of hype [and confusion] in this emerging Big Data market, and it feels as if each new technology, as well as existing technologies, are pushing the meme of “all your data are belong to us”. It is great to see the wave of innovation occurring across the landscape of SQL, NoSQL, NewSQL, EDW, MPP DBMS, Data Marts, and Apache Hadoop (to name just a few), but enterprises and the market in general can use a healthy dose of clarity on just how to use and interconnect these various technologies in ways that benefit the business.…

I attended the Goldman Sachs Cloud Conference and participated on a panel focused on “Data: The New Competitive Advantage”. The panel covered a wide range of questions, but kicked off covering two basic questions:

“What is Big Data?” and “What are the drivers behind the Big Data market?”

While most definitions of Big Data focus on the new forms of unstructured data flowing through businesses with new levels of “volume, velocity, variety, and complexity”, I tend to answer the question using a simple equation:

Big Data = Transactions + Interactions + Observations

The following graphic illustrates what I mean:

I recently joined Hortonworks as VP of Corporate Strategy, and I wanted to share my thoughts as to what attracted me to Hortonworks.

For me, it’s important to 1) work with a top-notch team and 2) focus on unique market-changing business opportunities.

Hortonworks has a strong team of technical founders (Eric14, Alan, Arun, Deveraj, Mahadev, Owen, Sanjay, and Suresh) doing impressive work within the Apache Hadoop community. Hortonworks also has an impressive Board of Directors that includes folks like Peter Fenton, Mike Volpi, Jay Rossiter, Rob Bearden, as well as our most recent board member Paul Cormier (Red Hat’s President of Products and Technology).…