The Hortonworks Blog

Today we announced an alliance agreement with Avanade, a business technology, cloud and managed services provider, to build new big data solutions and services based on Microsoft technologies. Avanade’s data analytics deployments for enterprise clients with Microsoft Windows Server and Azure environments will turn to Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on Windows and Microsoft Azure HDInsight – Microsoft’s 100 percent Apache Hadoop-based service in the Azure cloud.

Together, Hortonworks and Avanade will help customers with their journey to a Modern Data Architecture on Windows.…

Computers are getting smarter and we are not.

–Tim Berners Lee, Web Developer

Google, Amazon and Netflix have conditioned us. As consumers, we expect intelligent applications that predict, suggest and anticipate our every move. We want them to sift through the millions of possibilities and suggest just a few that suit our needs. We want applications that take us on a personalized journey through a world of endless possibilities.

These personalized journeys require systems to store and make sense of huge data volumes in an acceptable amount of time.…

Hortonworks and VMware have been working jointly for more than two years. We worked with VMware on the initial launch of Serengeti, on Apache Hadoop High Availability and on projects to do with validating and performance testing the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) software on the VMware vSphere platform. One of the results of this activity is that HDP has been a fully certified product on VMware vSphere version 5.1 and later.…

SequenceIQ is a new Hortonworks Technology Partner and recently achieved HDP and YARN Ready certification for Cloudbreak, the SequenceIQs Hadoop as a Service API. In this guest blog, SequenceIQ Co-founder and CTO Janos Matyas (@sequenceiq), describes provisioning and autoscaling HDP cluster with Cloudbreak.

During our daily work at SequenceIQ, we are provisioning HDP clusters on different environments. Be it for a random cloud provider or on bare metal, we were looking for a common solution to automate and speed up the process.…

Heading to Strata next week? Interested in learning more about Apache Hadoop and how to integrate your existing infrastructure and applications with your Big Data solution? Join our partner presentations at the Hortonworks booth #117, on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17. Many of the sessions will feature demonstrations.

You will hear directly from partners who are embracing 100% open source Apache Hadoop, including: Actian, CISCO, CSC, HP, Informatica, Microsoft, Red Hat, Revolution Analytics, SAP, SAS, and Teradata.…

Today’s guest blog comes from Matt Davies at Splunk, where he is the Director of Marketing.

You can’t really escape the fact that we’re in the age of the customer. From CRM to the “long tail” to multi-channel to social media brand sentiment to Net Promoter Scores – it is all about customer experience. Big Data has an important part to play – no great revelation there but how do you actually do it?…

Syncsort is a certified Hortonworks Technology and YARN Ready Partner and our guest blogger. Here, Tendu Yogurtcu, vice president of engineering at Syncsort, expands on Syncsort’s recent news about their integration of DMX-h and Ambari.

As Apache Hadoop YARN has transformed Hadoop from being a data processing solution to being a true data processing platform, requirements for provisioning, managing, and securing the platform have changed dramatically.

Stability, security, easy deployment, performance, management and monitoring are among many of the key attributes that make a data management platform enterprise-grade.…

If you are heading to New York City for the Strata Conference,October 15-17, 2014, and are interested in learning more about how Apache Hadoop fits into Modern Data Architecture (MDA) along side key enterprise technologies and want to have a chance for some great prizes, then don’t miss our Passport Program.

You will get an opportunity to meet with Big Data ecosystem leaders, see the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) in action, and join the conversation with eighteen of our business partners.…

A panel of reviewers made up of InfoWorld Test Center editors and industry experts selected Apache Storm as a winner for 2014’s InfoWorld Bossie award. The “Bossies” identify the Best of Open Source Software every year. These Bossie awards celebrate game-changing open source software projects in different domains, and the panel selected Apache Storm in the Big Data Tools category.

This is the first year that a streaming computation framework has been selected in the Big Data category, which is a tribute to Apache Storm’s broad industry adoption and versatility. …

Since our founding over three years ago, a core part of our strategy has been on enabling the enterprise to use Hadoop in the context of their existing technologies via a Modern Data Architecture. From the earliest days of the company when we hired Mitch Ferguson to head our business development efforts, we’ve been working closely with data center ecosystem leaders, large and small, to integrate Hadoop so that it can take it’s place in the next generation data architecture.…

Apache Tez has been selected as a winner for 2014’s InfoWorld Bossie award. The “Bossies” identify the Best of Open Source software every year and are awarded by a panel of InfoWorld Test Center editors and industry expert reviewers. The Bossie awards celebrate game-changing open source software projects in different domains, and Apache Tez was selected in the Big Data Tools category.

Last year, Apache Hadoop with YARN as its architectural center was awarded a Bossie.…

Over the last several months, Oracle and Hortonworks have been working together to bring ETL tools and connectors to the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Hortonworks and Oracle have teamed up to provide comprehensive data integration capabilities and technologies that lay the foundation for a modern data integration architecture, delivering on the promise of big data for customers of all sizes and scale.

We’re happy to announce that the Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) is now certified with the HDP 2.1.…

It’s been just about a year since SAP signed up to be a strategic reseller for the Hortonworks Data Platform and what a year it’s been — we’ve worked on enablement, engineering and marketing efforts.

Enablement and Support Milestones

As part SAP’s Big Data strategy, the SAP sales force can resell the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) as a Strategic Reseller. This means that a SAP customer can purchase HDP from SAP using the same purchasing vehicles and agreements they already have in place.…

Last week’s Hortonworks webinar “What’s Possible with a Modern Data Architecture?” featured Greg Girard, program director for omni-channel analytics strategies at IDC Retail Insights and Mark Ledbetter, vice president for industry solutions at Hortonworks. Greg provides targeted, fact-based guidance to retailers for the application of analytics across the enterprise. Mark has more than twenty-five years experience in the software industry with a focus on retail and supply chains.

Many of Greg and Mark’s thoughts from the webinar echo topics also covered in the recent Hortonworks white paper “The Retail Sector Boosts Sales with Hadoop.”

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Greg discussed the most significant drivers of big data initiatives in the retail industry, including customer acquisition, pricing strategies or competitive intelligence.…

At Hortonworks, we are always watching emerging trends in the datacenter to find opportunities for deeper ecosystem integration with Apache Hadoop in simple and intuitive ways. We first partnered with OpenShift by Red Hat earlier this year when we made it possible to call out to Hadoop services from OpenShift via cartridges. You can read more about that solution here. As Enterprise Cloud (e.g. PaaS) offerings have matured to support a broad set of workloads, we’ve had a number of our customers ask about how Hadoop-centered Big Data and PaaS initiatives could work together – particularly in light of Apache Hadoop YARN being the multi-workload resource manager for batch, interactive and real-time workloads on Hadoop.…