Wishing Eric Well

I’d like to share some thoughts on the recent news that Eric Baldeschwieler has decided to leave Hortonworks. I’d like to start off first by thanking Eric for his contributions to the Hadoop community since its inception over 7 years ago, and I’d like to express my personal appreciation for his help in getting Hortonworks off the ground.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since Hortonworks was founded by over 20 engineers from the original Yahoo! Hadoop development and operations team. That team’s origins came in 2005 when Eric assembled engineers to solve a really hard problem: store and process the data on the Internet in a simple, scalable and economically feasible way. Those were humble beginnings for an open source technology, namely Apache Hadoop, which now finds itself in 2013 very much at the center of next-generation big data architectures.

Since our founding in the summer of 2011, Hortonworks has grown to almost 250 people. We’ve attracted more active and experienced open source Hadoop committers under one roof than any other organization in support of building out a 100% open source, community driven, and enterprise ready Apache Hadoop platform. We’re also focused on supporting the needs of well over one hundred customers and partnering with some of the biggest names in the big data industry to help ensure Hadoop is integrated with technologies and tools within the enterprise. It’s certainly been an incredible two years and there’s a lot more exciting work ahead of us.

With that said, I’d like to reiterate that we are extremely appreciative of all of Eric’s contributions over the past few years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

We also want to take the opportunity to reiterate our commitment to the broader Apache Hadoop community to enable Hadoop to be easy to use and consume as an enterprise viable data platform and do so in a way that is 100% open source and community driven.

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