Announcements

The latest product news and company announcements from Hortonworks

If you haven’t yet noticed, we have made Hortonworks Data Platform v1.0 available for download from our website. Previously, Hortonworks Data Platform was only available for evaluation for members of the Technology Preview Program or via our Virtual Sandbox (hosted on Amazon Web Services). Moving forward and effective immediately, Hortonworks Data Platform is available to the general public.

Hortonworks Data Platform is a 100% open source data management platform, built on Apache Hadoop.…

By any measure, last week’s Hadoop Summit was a tremendous success. It brought together more than 2,200 people from throughout the Apache Hadoop ecosystem to share Hadoop knowledge, ideas, best practices, and interesting use cases. It was also a great chance for big data vendors to make announcements and demonstrate new and exciting solutions.

For those of you that missed the conference, or missed a particularly interesting presentation, we have some good news.…

I wanted to draw your attention to a Webinar taking place this Thursday at 1pm EDT, 10am PDT. “Back to the Future – MapReduce, Hadoop and the Data Scientist” will highlight the benefits of Apache Hadoop and the role that data scientists are playing in big data. The speakers include:

  • Colin White – Founder of BI Research, a leading research, education and consulting firm helping companies understand and benefit from evolving and leading edge technologies in the areas of business intelligence and data management.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some important news. Today, Hortonworks announced version 1.0 of the Hortonworks Data Platform, a 100% open source data management platform based on Apache Hadoop. We believe strongly that Apache Hadoop, and therefore, Hortonworks Data Platform, will become the foundation for the next generation enterprise data architecture, helping companies to load, store, process, manage and ultimately benefit from the growing volume and variety of data entering into, and flowing throughout their organizations.…

The following press release was issued by Hortonworks today.

Hortonworks Announces General Availability of Hortonworks Data Platform

Industry’s First Apache Hadoop-based Platform to Include Management, Monitoring and Comprehensive Data Services, Making Hadoop Easy to Consume and Use in Enterprise Environments

As the release manager for the Apache Hadoop 2.0 release, it gives me great pleasure to share that the Apache Hadoop community has just released Apache Hadoop 2.0.0 (alpha)! While only an alpha release (read: not ready to run in production), it is still an important step forward as it represents the very first release that delivers new and important capabilities, including:

The latest video in the Hortonworks Executive Video Series features Sanjay Radia, Hortonworks co-founder and Apache Hadoop PMC member. Sanjay is well known in the HDFS circles, having contributed to Hadoop for the past 4+ years. In this video, Sanjay gives a good overview of HDFS, the primary storage system for Hadoop, and provides some insight into both the 0.23 release as well as what can be expected from HDFS over the rest of 2012.…

In case you didn’t see the news, I wanted to share the announcement that HCatalog 0.4.0 is now available.

For those of you that are new to the project, HCatalog provides a metadata and table management system that simplifies data sharing between Apache Hadoop and other enterprise data systems. You can learn more about the project on the Apache project site.

The highlights of the 0.4.0 release include:

- Full support for reading from and writing to Hive.…

Thank you to the community members that cast over 8,000 votes during the Hadoop Summit Community Choice voting process. The turnout far exceeded our expectations and is further evidence that the momentum behind Apache Hadoop has never been stronger.

As we announced, the sessions with the most votes in each track are automatically accepted into the Hadoop Summit agenda. As such, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Hadoop Summit Community Choice vote and the first confirmed sessions in the Hadoop Summit program:

Future of Apache Hadoop track: Dynamic Namespace Partitioning with Giraffa File System, Konstantin Shvachko (eBay)

Deployment and Operations track: Dynamic Reconfiguration of Apache Zookeeper, Alexander Shraer and Benjamin Reed (Yahoo!)

Enterprise Data Architecture track: iMStor: Hadoop Storage-based Tiering Platform, Vishal Malik (Cognizant Technology Solutions)

Applications and Data Science track: Hadoop & Cloud @Netflix: Taming the Social Data Firehose, Mohammad Sabah (Netflix)

Analytics and Business Intelligence track: Mapping and Reducing Passenger Turbulence using Big Data, Farhan Hussain and Saad Patel (Open Source Architect)

Hadoop in Action track: The Merchant Lookup Service at Intuit, Vrushali Channapattan (Intuit)…

A very short while ago, Vinod blogged about some of the significant improvements in Hadoop.Next (a.k.a hadoop-0.23.1).

To recap, the Hortonworks and Yahoo! teams have done a huge amount of work to test, validate and benchmark Hadoop.Next, the next generation of Apache Hadoop that includes HDFS Federation, NextGen MapReduce (a.k.a. YARN) and many other significant features and performance improvements.

Today, I’m very excited to announce that the Apache Hadoop community voted to release hadoop-0.23.1 and it’s now available for all to use!…

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.…

For those of you new to Apache ZooKeeper, it is a centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. To learn more about ZooKeeper, please visit the Apache ZooKeeper homepage.

As part of stabilizing Apache ZooKeeper 3.4 branch, ZooKeeper 3.4.3 has just been released. It is a bug fix release on the 3.4 branch and fixes 17 issues out of which 1 is very critical and can cause data inconsistency (ZOOKEEPER-1367).…

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).…

I am pleased to announce that Paul Cormier has joined the Hortonworks Board of Directors. Paul is currently President, Products and Technologies at Red Hat, where he leads the company’s engineering and products business units. Paul has an exceptional background in building enterprise-class open source software. He also has helped Red Hat achieve tremendous revenue growth by enabling a rich ecosystem of partners. We are pleased to add such a talented and experienced open source professional to our board.…

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