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June 12, 2012
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Announcing General Availability of Hortonworks Data Platform

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

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—June 12, 2012—Hortonworks, a leading commercial vendor promoting the innovation, development and support of Apache Hadoop, today announced the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.0. A 100- percent open source platform powered by Apache Hadoop, HDP makes Hadoop easy to consume and use in enterprise environments. HDP provides a comprehensive next-generation data management infrastructure that includes the vital management, monitoring, metadata and data integration services required by organizations to maximize business value from their big data.

Click to Tweet: @Hortonworks announces GA of Hortonworks Data Platform: 100% Open. Stable. Manageable. #Hadoop, #big data

Built on Apache Hadoop 1.0, the only Hadoop code line to be declared generally available by the Hadoop community, Hortonworks Data Platform provides proven services for integrating and extending existing data architectures, enabling application users to quickly and cost-effectively gain insight and value from massive amounts of structured and unstructured data. HDP is proven in large-scale, data-driven environments and has endured tens of thousands of hours of testing and production use. With HDP, organizations can meet the challenges presented by the sheer volume and increased velocity at which all types of data are collected by the modern enterprise. This enables Hortonworks’ customers to capitalize on and identify new business opportunities, improve customer service and retention, better understand and influence transactions, and reduce data storage and analysis costs.

“Unlocking the power of big data to solve our customers’ most complex global challenges through real-time information and analytics is core to Neustar’s business strategy,” said Mike Peterson, vice president of architecture, Neustar. “Selecting Hortonworks Data Platform ensures that our development efforts remain on par with the Apache Hadoop project while providing us with an enterprise-grade data platform to harness the true power of Hadoop.”

“IDC continues to predict a bright future for Apache Hadoop,” said Dan Vesset, program vice president, business analytics, IDC.  “The comprehensive services in Hortonworks Data Platform and the 100-percent open source approach from Hortonworks should accelerate adoption for Hadoop in the enterprise.”

“The rapid adoption of Apache Hadoop has introduced new challenges in having a data platform that is supported with the support and capabilities that IT expects,” said Mark Smith, CEO & Chief Research Officer of Ventana Research. “Now with the GA release of Hortonworks Data Platform, the company is addressing the need to have a fully supported and commercialized platform built on Hadoop, which as a technology is planned to be adopted in a third of organizations.”

Hortonworks Data Platform Highlights

Designed for data management professionals, Hortonworks Data Platform enables enterprises to load and persistently store data in any format and at any volume. HDP packages the essential Apache Hadoop projects into a comprehensive and integrated platform. It includes common capabilities for scripting (Pig), query (Hive), scheduling and workflow (Oozie), NoSQL database (HBase), as well as other essential components. HDP makes it easier for ecosystem vendors to natively integrate Hadoop with their services and offerings, providing for more user-friendly experiences.

HDP offers a number of critical and unique open source capabilities for organizations in need of a mature and advanced data management solution:

  • Cluster provisioning and setup (Apache Ambari): HDP includes easy to use cluster provisioning capabilities with a modern, intuitive UI that simplifies and accelerate the process of getting a Hadoop cluster up and running. The provisioning interface guides the user through a seven-step provisioning process by surveying the nodes for the target cluster and automatically recommending the optimal software configuration. Once the configuration is confirmed, one click will provision and start the entire cluster.
  • Management and monitoring services (Apache Ambari): Comprehensive, easy-to-use dashboards provide a complete view of the health of the cluster as well as centralized access to HDP’s built-in management functionality. Since these capabilities are implemented as 100-percent open source, the added transparency facilitates easier integration with existing management and monitoring solutions.
  • Metadata services (Apache HCatalog): HDP enables users to define the structure and location of data within Hadoop for easy and consistent access from any program. This capability makes it easier to create and maintain applications running on Hadoop. Simply put, sharing data within Hadoop via standard table formats expected by relational databases, enterprise data warehouses and other structured data systems makes it easier to integrate data management systems with Hadoop.
  • Data integration services (Talend Open Studio): HDP provides users with graphical interfaces for connecting to data sources and building complex transformation logic all without writing a line of code. In addition, core platform services enable scheduling of data integration, transformation and data refinement within the platform.

“With the general availability of Hortonworks Data Platform 1.0, Hortonworks is delivering on its promise to make Apache Hadoop an enterprise viable data platform,” said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. “Unlike alternative Hadoop offerings, HDP is 100-percent open source with no proprietary code, eliminating vendor lock-in and expensive proprietary add-ons. We are excited to deliver a comprehensive, Apache Hadoop-based enterprise data platform that provides the easiest way for the enterprise ecosystem to optimize and integrate their service with Hadoop.”

Enterprise-Grade Support Provided

Hortonworks offers three different levels of flexible enterprise-grade support on Hortonworks Data Platform, providing a support package to meet the needs of all enterprises today and that will easily scale as an organization’s Hadoop cluster expands. Organizations choosing support benefit from access to a knowledgebase including expert articles, end-user forums, email and phone support, as well as patches and regular upgrades to HDP.

Hortonworks also announced high-availability (HA) solutions for Hortonworks Data Platform. Delivered with proven industry standard HA functionality from VMware, this provides a solution on the most deployed and trusted version of Hadoop available today.

Hortonworks will be showcasing the power of Hortonworks Data Platform at Kiosk A9 at the Hadoop Summit 2012, taking place June 13 – 14, 2012 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.


Hortonworks Data Platform 1.0 will be available June 15, 2012, for download at:

For more information, attend our Introduction to Hortonworks Data Platform webcast on June 26 or contact us directly.

Hortonworks offers a comprehensive set of Hadoop training classes. Visit Hortonworks University for details.

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