Announcements

The latest product news and company announcements from Hortonworks

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.…

Hi Folks,

I’m happy to report that Hadoop Summit will be back for it’s 5th year. This year, Hortonworks and Yahoo are jointly hosting the conference, which will take place on June 13th and 14th at the San Jose Convention Center.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. We have extended the conference to a second day, added additional session tracks and expect to showcase even more compelling and useful presentations.…

I’m pleased to announce that Shaun Connolly has joined our executive management team as VP of Corporate Strategy. Shaun is a veteran enterprise software and open source executive that comes to us from VMware and previously held positions at SpringSource and JBoss.

As VP of Corporate Strategy, Shaun will be responsible for helping us to achieve our business objectives by guiding corporate strategy and identifying new market opportunities for Apache Hadoop.  …

Congratulations! The Hadoop Community has given itself a big holiday present: Release 1.0.0! This release has been six years in the making, and has involved:

  • Hard work and cooperation from dozens of software developers and contributors from across the industry, including of course Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella’s early work in Nutch and the founding Hadoop team at Yahoo, Doug, Owen O’Malley and many others, with leadership from Eric14.  Special thanks to all the Hadoop committers.

As the Release Manager, it’s my privilege to present Apache Hadoop 0.23:

Release: http://hadoop.apache.org/common/releases.html Documentation: http://hadoop.apache.org/common/docs/r0.23.0/

I’ll present a short overview of the release in this post, more details are available in my recent talk on Apache Hadoop 0.23 at Hadoop World, 2011.…

Back in late June when Hortonworks was officially announced at Hadoop Summit, we explained that our strategy was going to focus on accelerating the development and adoption of Apache Hadoop. We made bold statements about the opportunities that Apache Hadoop had to become the de facto platform for big data. We even predicted that half of the world’s data would be processed by Apache Hadoop within five years.

We also talked about how in order for all of that to happen, we needed to address the technical and knowledge gaps that exist.…

Dennis M. Richie was a giant of our craft and a truly great teacher. Millions of folks owe their passion for programming to K&R. It literally started their careers.

We are very sad to hear that Dennis M. Ritchie passed away after a prolonged illness. We join others in offering our condolences to his family and hope he is in a more comfortable place.

Thank you so much. You’ve made such a difference to so many.…

HDFS Federation

HDFS Federation improves the existing HDFS architecture through a clear separation of namespace and storage, enabling generic block storage layer. It enables support for multiple namespaces in the cluster to improve scalability and isolation. Federation also opens up the architecture, expanding the applicability of HDFS cluster to new implementations and use cases.

Overview of Current HDFS

HDFS has two main layers:…

Hi Folks,

Things are going really well at Hortonworks.  We’re in our new office, connected to our data center of nearly 1000 nodes (thanks Yahoo!) and working away on our new computers.  We’ve gotten a lot done in a very small amount of time.  Along with our excellent G&A team, a key reason we’ve gotten so much done is that our founders have really stepped up and are taking responsibility for getting their teams moving.…

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