We are very excited to enter into a strategic relationship with Microsoft to help bring Apache Hadoop to Windows customers. We are equally pleased that Microsoft will also work closely with the Hadoop community and propose contributions back to the Apache Software Foundation and the Hadoop project.
Hortonworks will provide Microsoft with important Hadoop support and training that will help accelerate the delivery of Apache Hadoop for Windows Server and Windows Azure, including insight into feature roadmap and designs, feedback on code reviews and regression and acceptance testing.
As stated today by Ted Kummert, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, in the Microsoft press release from the SQL PASS Conference:
“Microsoft is committed to helping customers manage any data, any size, anywhere with the SQL Server data platform, Windows Server and Windows Azure. Hortonworks has a rich history in leading the design and development of Apache Hadoop. Their experience and expertise in this space helps us accelerate our delivery of our Hadoop based distribution on Windows Server and Windows Azure while maintaining compatibility and interoperability with the broader ecosystem.”
Hortonworks and Microsoft share a common vision of making Apache Hadoop easier to use and consume. Microsoft’s commitment to Apache Hadoop further broadens the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, which is essential to accelerating its adoption in the enterprise.
Our partnership with Microsoft is the first of many to come. If you are interested in partnering with us be sure to contact us.