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October 15, 2012
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Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 Alpha is Now Available for Preview!

We are very excited to announce the Alpha release of the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 (HDP 2.0 Alpha).

HDP 2.0 Alpha is built around Apache Hadoop 2.0, which improves availability of HDFS with High Availability for the NameNode along with several performance and reliability enhancements. Apache Hadoop 2.0 also significantly advances data processing in the Hadoop ecosystem with the introduction of YARN, a generic resource-management and application framework to support MapReduce and other paradigms such as real-time processing and graph processing.

In addition to Apache Hadoop 2.0, this release includes the essential Hadoop ecosystem projects such as Apache HBase, Apache Pig, Apache Hive, Apache HCatalog, Apache ZooKeeper and Apache Oozie to provide a fully integrated and verified Apache Hadoop 2.0 stack

Apache Hadoop 2.0 is well on the path to General Availability, and is already deployed at scale in several organizations; but it won’t get to the current maturity levels of the Hadoop 1.0 stack (available in Hortonworks Data Platform 1.x) without feedback and contributions from the community.

Hortonworks strongly believes that for open source technologies to mature and become widely adopted in the enterprise, you must balance innovation with stability. With HDP 2.0 Alpha, Hortonworks provides organizations an easy way to evaluate and gain experience with the Apache Hadoop 2.0 technology stack, and it presents the perfect opportunity to help bring stability to the platform and influence the future of the technology.

Learn More
Please take a look at the Hortonworks Documentation to learn more about installing and using HDP 2.0 Alpha.

To learn more about Apache Hadoop YARN, Arun Murthy — Chair of Apache Hadoop PMC and YARN/MapReduce lead – and the rest of Hortonworks YARN development team, have a great four-part Blog series on the technology: one, two, three and four.

Download It
You can download the HDP 2.0 Alpha bits from the Hortonworks Download site.

Tell Us About It
Please visit the HDP 2.0 Alpha Forum to ask questions, get help, provide feedback and hear what others are doing with HDP.

Note: This Alpha release is early access and not for production use. Support is only available via Forums. Additionally, this is an early access release, you might find some incomplete features or a bit of instability.

We are excited about the opportunities that Hadoop 2.0 provides for the future of Hadoop and Big Data. The HDP 2.0 Alpha release is just the beginning. Enjoy!


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