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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).…

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