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On August 4th at 10:00 am PST, Eric Thorsen, General Manager Retail/CP at Hortonworks and Krishnan Parasuraman, VP Business Development at Splice Machine, will be talking about how Hadoop can be leveraged as a scale-out relational database to be the System of Record and power mission critical applications.

In this blog, they provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions they have heard on the topic.

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  • Hadoop is primarily known for running batch based, analytic workloads.
  • On July 22nd, we introduced the general availability of HDP 2.3. In part 2 of this blog series, we explore notable improvements and features related to Data Access.

    We are especially excited about what these data access improvements mean for our Hortonworks subscribers.

    Russell Foltz-Smith, Vice President of Data Platform, at TrueCar summed up the data access impact to his business using earlier versions of HDP, and his enthusiasm for the innovation in this latest release:

    TrueCar is in the business of providing truth and transparency to all the parties in the car-buying process,” said Foltz-Smith.…

    Today, Rob Rosen, Senior Director Partner Solutions at Platfora, tells us more about the partnership with Hortonworks and how the two companies enable the enterprise to run analytics at scale, in their big data environment.

    The Hadoop market has increasingly gained traction in a world that generates over 2 billion gigabytes of data every day. Top enterprises have turned to Hadoop as their solution to better manage, store, and process their structured and unstructured data.…

    A recent article in PropertyCasualty 360, The Internet of Things: Insurers must prepare for disruption, customer impact, highlights the imperative for insurer strategies that address the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it changes customer behaviors and their views of risk. The article predicts that as consumers have more access to data through their connected devices:

    The IoT will fundamentally change what consumers know, when they know it, and how they interact with businesses that serve them.…

    For Hortonworks, working with and enabling the Hadoop ecosystem is one of our core tenants, and we’re proud of the 1,100+ partners that have joined us in the journey to ensure that Open Enterprise Hadoop interoperates with your existing data center technologies. Today, we’re delighted that we have been named to The Channel Company’s exclusive 2015 CRN® Emerging Vendors List. The annual list features technology vendors that have introduced innovative new products, creating opportunities for channel partners in North America to create solutions for customers.…

    We are very pleased to announce that Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) Version 2.3 is now generally available for download. HDP 2.3 brings numerous enhancements across all elements of the platform spanning data access to security to governance. This version delivers a compelling new user experience, making it easier than ever before to “do Hadoop” and deliver transformational business outcomes with Open Enterprise Hadoop.

    As we announced at Hadoop Summit in San Jose, there are a number of significant innovations as part of this release including:

    HDP 2.3 represents the very latest innovation from across the Hadoop ecosystem.…

    The Spark lit in Azure HDInsight last week was just the beginning to this week’s energy and momentum we saw around the partnership at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner’s Conference.  During the conference keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella affirmed, “Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era”.

    This year’s big announcement of Apache Spark being brought to HDInsight was the latest Big Data announcement delivered by Microsoft and Hortonworks.…

    In version 1.2.0, Apache Spark introduced a Data Source API (SPARK-3247) to enable deep platform integration with a larger number of data sources and sinks. We are proud to announce that support for the Apache Optimized Row Columnar (ORC) file format is included in Spark 1.4 as a new data source. This support was added through a collaboration between Hortonworks and Databricks, tracked by SPARK-2883.

    The Apache ORC file format and associated libraries recently became a top level project at the Apache Software Foundation.…

    Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference is well underway. The conference is a great opportunity for Microsoft’s partner community to understand key marketing and business strategies and engage with the Microsoft community. At this year’s conference, Microsoft’s National Sales Organization announced its 2015 Partner of the Year awards, and Hortonworks has been recognized with the Cloud Partner of the Year Award for both the West and Central U.S. Regions.

    The Hortonworks team is honored to receive the Enterprise Partner Group Cloud Partner of the Year Award – an honor that we received thanks to our longstanding relationship with Microsoft.…

    The world is now estimated to be churning out quintillions of bytes of data every day, which goes to show why the industry is struggling to keep up with the ever increasing demand for data scientists to pinpoint those insights that can increase company revenues, or better manage their resources.

    The McKinsey Global Institute predicts the industry will need at least 190,000 more workers with analytics expertise and 1.5 million more data-savvy managers by 2018 in the US alone.…

    Apache Spark has garnered a lot of developer attention and is often the top of agenda in my customer interactions. Since we announced support for Spark in HDP, we have seen broad customer adoption of our Spark offering. Our customers love Spark for the simplicity of its API, speed of development and the runtime performance. Spark is also democratizing Machine Learning and making it easier and approachable to more developers.

    Today Microsoft announced support for Spark in HDInsight – this is a big step towards driving customer adoption for Spark workloads on Hadoop clusters in Azure.…

    If security and compliance were already keeping you up at night, wait until you hear these statistics. Based on Vormetric 2015 Insider Threat Report, 44% of organizations in the United States have suffered a breach or failed a compliance audit in 2015 (48% in ASEAN and 40% in the U.K.).

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    By leveraging Big Data, you accept that your data comes from a variety of sources, including CRM systems, files, spreadsheets, video, social media, payment data and health records and more.…

    It was a frenetic month of June with Hadoop Summit in San Jose and the GDS International Oil and Gas CIO Summit the following week in San Antonio. Both events were well attended and very positively received by Hortonworks customers and O&G companies beginning to evaluate Hadoop for new advanced analytics applications.

    Hadoop Summit was well attended by a large contingent across all segments of the industry and we saw a 500% growth in attendees from oil and gas customers over last year.…

    Drink from Elephant’s Well Of Knowledge

    Developer success starts with open and reusable code, and a community that allows for both consumption of code and contribution of updates to the code base. This success engenders a thriving and evolving community.

    To that end, today we are announcing the Hortonworks Gallery for developers. Located on GitHub, the Gallery brings together the Hortonworks’ Apache Hadoop code, Apache Ambari Views and extensions, as well as related resources into a single view for developers to use within the familiar context of Git and open source software.…

    Early this year, ApacheTM FalconTM became a Top Level Project (TLP) in the Apache Software Foundation.

    The project continues to mature as a framework for simplifying and orchestrating data lifecycle management in Hadoop by offering out-of-the-box data management policies. The Apache Falcon 0.6.1 release builds on this foundation by providing simplified mirroring functionality and a new user interface (UI).

    The community worked very diligently to offer more than 150 product enhancements, and over 30 new features and improvements.…