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Earlier, in the “Big Data in Genomics and Cancer Treatment” blog post, I explored how the extensive amount of information in DNA analysis mostly comes from the vast array of characteristics associated with people’s DNA make up and with different cancer variations. The case with today’s healthcare is very similar. Each patient is unique and has thorough medical history records that allow doctors to make evaluations and recommendations for future treatments.…

Small companies, big data.

Big data is sometimes at odds with the business-savvy entrepreneur who wants to exploit its full potential.   In essence, the business potential of big data is the massive (but promising) elephant in the room that remains invisible because the available talent necessary to take full advantage of the technology is difficult to obtain.

Inventing new technology for the platform is critical, but so too is making it easier to use.…

Last week was an important milestone for Hortonworks: our one year anniversary. Given all of the activity around Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks, it’s hard to believe it’s only been one year. In honor of our birthday, I thought I would look back to contrast our original intentions with what we delivered over the past year.

Hortonworks was officially announced at Hadoop Summit 2011. At that time, I published a blog on the Hortonworks Manifesto.…

The following is Part 2 of 2 on data in education. The first article introduces the concept and application of data in education. The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Big data analytics are coming to public education. In 2012, the US Department of Education (DOE) was part of a host of agencies to share a $200 million initiative to begin applying big data analytics to their respective functions.…

Big Data Shopping Bag

With big data basking in the limelight, it is no surprise that large retailers have been closely watching its development… and more power to them! By learning to effectively utilize big data, retailers can significantly mold the market to their advantage, making themselves more competitive and increasing the likelihood that they will come out on top as a successful retailer. Now that there are open source analytical platforms like Hadoop, which allow for unstructured data to be transformed and organized, large retailers are able to make smart business decisions using the information they collect about customers’ habits, preferences, and needs.…

We’re heading to our very first OSCON conference to talk all things Apache Hadoop, the biggest gathering for the entire open source community in Portland, Oregon, and we would love to meet you there!

Meet our founders, Arun Murthy and Mahadev Konar, along with others from the Hortonworks team at this year’s conference.

There are many ways to meet the Hortonworks team and we would love to chat with you about how you are considering using Hadoop.…

The following is Part 1 of 2 on data in education.  The first article introduces the concepts of how data is used in education.  The second article looks at recent movements by the Department of Education in data mining, modeling and learning systems.

Learning to Learn

The education industry is transforming into a 21st century data-driven enterprise.   Metrics based assessment has been a powerful force that has swept the national education community in response to widespread policy reform. …

What’s possible with all this data?

Data Integration is a key component of the Hadoop solution architecture. It is the first obstacle encountered once your cluster is up and running. Ok, I have a cluster… now what? Do I write a script to move the data? What is the language? Isn’t this just ETL with HDFS as another target?Well, yes…

Sure you can write custom scripts to perform a load, but that is hardly repeatable and not viable in the long term.…

Series Introduction

This is part three of a series of blog posts covering new developments in the Hadoop pantheon that enable productivity throughout the lifecycle of big data.  In a series of posts, we’re exploring the full lifecycle of data in the enterprise: Introducing new data sources to the Hadoop filesystem via ETL, processing this data in data-flows with Pig and Python to expose new and interesting properties, consuming this data as an analyst in Hive, and discovering and accessing these resources as analysts and application developers using HCatalog and Templeton.…

Weather Hurts

Catastrophic weather events like the historic 2011 floods in Pakistan or prolonged droughts in the horn of Africa make living conditions unspeakably harsh for tens of millions of families living in these affected areas.  In the US, the winter storms of 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 brought record-setting snowfall, forcing mighty metropolises into an icy standstill. Extreme weather can profoundly impact the human kind.

The effects of extreme weather can send terrible ripples throughout an entire community. …

In Shaun Connolly’s post about balancing community innovation and enterprise stability, he discussed the importance of an open source project forging ahead with big improvements that are expected to be initially buggy and incomplete functionally but then stabilize over time. In the case of Apache Hadoop 2.0, currently in community Alpha release, the big improvements have been underway for the past 3 years and include such things as:

  • Next-gen MapReduce (aka YARN) that opens up Hadoop’s job processing architecture to other application workloads beyond MapReduce,
  • New HDFS pipe-line to support append and flush,
  • HDFS federation and performance improvements that enable Hadoop to scale to 1000’s more nodes in a cluster, and
  • High availability improvements that address some of the single point of failure issues that are often used as examples of how Hadoop may not be as enterprise-ready as it could be.…
  • I’ve been surprised by a couple of recent articles highlighting our recent leadership change.  These articles imply that our business model may be changing. Let me be clear, WE ARE NOT CHANGING OUR BUSINESS MODEL. We are committed to providing training and support of a 100% open source distribution of Apache Hadoop and related projects.

    What has changed?

    Rob Bearden has agreed to take on the role of CEO. I am moving from CEO to the role of CTO.…

    One of the common themes that we hear from customers, partners, industry analysts and others in the community is that there is massive need for Apache Hadoop education. The demand for trained and certified Hadoop professionals far exceeds the current supply and this knowledge gap is threatening to slow the rapid adoption of Hadoop. To address this challenge, Hortonworks is pleased to announce Hortonworks University.

    Hortonworks University consists of public, private on-site and live online courses for both developers and administrators.…

    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).…

    I am pleased to report that Hortonworks has been named a leader in the recently released Forrester Wave report on Enterprise Hadoop Solutions. We scored well across all three rating areas: current offering, market presence and strategy.

    We appreciate the recognition, particularly this sentence that highlighted our role in the marketplace: ”(Hortonworks) is the technology leader and ecosystem building for the entire Hadoop industry and has recently released its Hortonworks Data Platform, which incorporates purely open-source Apache Hadoop software.”

    Being named a Leader in the Forrester Wave on Enterprise Hadoop Solutions is one of many achievements for Hortonworks over the past seven months (stay tuned for a blog on this topic).…

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