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Join Hortonworks and Pactera for a Webinar on Unlocking Big Data’s Potential in Financial Services Thursday, November 21st at 12:00 EST.

Have you ever had your debit or credit card declined for seemingly no reason? Turns out, the rejections are not so random. Banks are increasingly turning to analytics to predict and prevent fraud in real-time. That can sometimes be an inconvenience for customers who are traveling or making large purchases, but it’s necessary inconvenience today in order for banks to reduce billions in losses due to fraud.…

Using Hadoop as an enterprise data platform means great integration with other technologies in the data center.

To that end, the Hortonworks Sandbox Partner Gallery showcases how our partners’ solutions integrate with Hadoop and provide you with easy access to learn how to use those solutions with the Hortonworks Data Platform via the Sandbox.

Don’t have the Sandbox? Get your free download of this single node Hadoop environment that’s delivered as a Virtual Machine that you can run on your laptop.…

We had a lot of fun in NYC and hope you did too. Thanks to the hundreds of you who dropped by the booth, attended dinners, parties, meetups and sessions.

As we have known for some time, Hortonworks customers are already building a modern data architecture with Hadoop as the technology of choice for handling the data they have streaming in from all directions. They care that it matches their needs, integrates with their existing infrastructure and solves real problems with flexibility.…

We’re delighted to announce that our Hadoop 2.0 Courseware is available now!

According to a 2013 Education Services Bench Mark Study conducted by The Technology Services Industry Association, “the lag time between product and Instructor Lead Content release is 68 business days, or more than three months” but not at Hortonworks!  All of our Developer Courses and Certifications are now based on Apache Hadoop 2.0 and available at the same time as the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0.…

One of the great things about working in open source development is working with other experts round the work on big projects – and then having the results of that work in the hands of users within a short period of time.

This is why I’m really excited about the Rackspace announcement of their HDP-based Big Data offerings, both “on-prem” and in cloud. Not just because its partners of us offering a service based on Hadoop, but because it shows how Hadoop integration with OpenStack has reached a point where it’s ready for production use.…

The Apache Knox community announced the release of the Apache Knox Gateway (Incubator) 0.3.0. We, at Hortonworks, are excited about this announcement.

The Apache Knox Gateway is a REST API Gateway for Hadoop with a focus on enterprise security integration.  It provides a simple and extensible model for securing access to Hadoop core and ecosystem REST APIs.

Apache Knox provides pluggable authentication to LDAP and trusted identity providers as well as service level authorization and more.  …

Today our partner Rackspace announced their Big Data solution for dedicated and cloud environments, powered by Hortonworks Data Platform. This collaboration between Hortonworks and Rackspace provides customers a flexible choice of deployment offerings of Apache Hadoop from one of the most trusted vendors in the cloud computing market.

Enterprise adoption of Apache Hadoop

This expanded collaboration is a strong indicator of the ecosystem rallying around Hortonworks Data Platform and our goal at Hortonworks of making Apache Hadoop a core component of the modern data architecture, whether on premise, in a VM, as an appliance, or in the cloud.…

Now that Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 is GA, you may be looking to migrate your Hadoop stack from another version to take advantage of Hadoop 2’s YARN-based architecture. Fortunately, our Professional Services & Support teams are getting a lot of practice at migration from other distributions as more and more customers turn to 100% enterprise-hardened Apache Hadoop for their big data platform.

While any specific migration may have a few gotchas from a vendor lock-in, or business integration perspective, this high-level process overview is battle tested on large-scale production clusters and we hope it helps you plan for your own migration.…

Whew, what a couple of week it had been! We released Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 to much excitement from our customers, partners and the community at large. With HDP 2.0 and its YARN-based architecture delivered, enterprises can finally realize the vision of gathering all data in Hadoop and interacting with that data in ways that was previously not possible!

We are carrying forward that ebullience through to O’Reilly Strata Conference in New York!…

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.…

What a difference a year makes! Last Fall Ambari was a nascent Apache project that had recently shipped an inaugural release in the community. Fast forward a bit, at the beginning of this year Ambari shipped what has become the foundation for rapid innovation. Now Ambari has become a key member of the Apache Hadoop project ecosystem and a trusted operational platform for many companies.

Let’s take a brief look at the community’s amazing accomplishments over the past year, and then take some time to look forward.…

The Hadoop Distributed File System is the reliable and scalable data core of the Hortonworks Data Platform. In HDP 2.0, YARN + HDFS combine to form the distributed operating system for your Data Platform, providing resource management and scalable data storage to the next generation of analytical applications.

Over the past six months, HDFS has introduced a slew of major features to HDFS covering Enterprise Multi-tenancy, Business Continuity Processing and Enterprise Integration:

  • Enabled automated failover with a hot standby and full stack resiliency for the NameNode master service
  • Added enterprise standard NFS read/write access to HDFS
  • Enabled point in time recovery with Snapshots in HDFS
  • Wire Encryption for HDFS Data Transfer Protocol

Looking forward, there are evolving patterns in Data Center infrastructure and Analytical applications that are driving the evolution of HDFS.…

Today, with overwhelming partner support, we announced GA of Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 (HDP 2.0).  With 17 certified partners and many more in the works, organizations can confidently get started taking advantage of Hadoop 2.0 its YARN based architecture knowing that the technologies they rely on, run on HDP 2.0.

With a YARN-based architecture that serves as the operating system for Hadoop, HDP 2.0 takes Hadoop beyond single-use, batch processing to a fully functional,  multi-use platform that enables batch, interactive, online and stream processing.…

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 last couple of weeks have been a period of intense activity around the Apache projects that comprise the Hadoop ecosystem. While most of the headlines were accorded to Apache Hadoop 2 going GA, it would be remiss not to pay attention to the great progress being made in the Apache projects that complement Hadoop.

We have blogged about these over the course of the past week and the list below provides a quick summary of the phenomenal work contributed in the open by the folks driving these diverse and vital communities.…

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