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March 01, 2013
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Putting the Elephant in the Window


For several years now Apache Hadoop has been fueling the fast growing big data market and has become the defacto platform for Big Data deployments and the technology foundation for an explosion of new analytic applications. Many organizations turn to Hadoop to help tame the vast amounts of new data they are collecting but in order to do so with Hadoop they have had to use servers running the Linux operating system. That left a large number of organizations who standardize on Windows (According to IDC, Windows Server owned 73 percent of the market in 2012 – IDC, Worldwide and Regional Server 2012–2016 Forecast, Doc # 234339, May 2012) without the ability to run Hadoop natively, until today.

windoweleWe are very pleased to announce the availability of Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows providing organizations with an enterprise-grade, production-tested platform for big data deployments on Windows. HDP is the first and only Hadoop-based platform available on both Windows and Linux and provides interoperability across Windows, Linux and Windows Azure. With this release we are enabling a massive expansion of the Hadoop ecosystem. New participants in the community of developers, data scientist, data management professionals and Hadoop fans to build and run applications for Apache Hadoop natively on Windows. This is great news for Windows focused enterprises, service provides, software vendors and developers and in particular they can get going today with Hadoop simply by visiting our download page.

This release would not be possible without a strong partnership and close collaboration with Microsoft. Through the process of creating this release, we have remained true to our approach of community-driven enterprise Apache Hadoop by collecting enterprise requirements, developing them in open source and applying enterprise rigor to produce a 100-precent open source enterprise-grade Hadoop platform.

One of our goals at Hortonworks is to make Hadoop and enterprise viable data platform available on as many platforms as possible. In fact, it is already available today in a range of deployment options including: on-premise, virtual, cloud and an appliance. For organizations looking to leverage Apache Hadoop, they now have even more choices of deployment options between Linux and Windows, giving them more freedom to meet their internal policies and standards. For Microsoft Windows customers, they have complete portability of their Apache Hadoop applications between on premise and cloud deployments, as Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows and HDInsight Service on Windows Azure are built on exactly the same code line.

If you are in the SF Bay Area this week, you can talk to us live about the power of the Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows at booth #316 at the Strata Conference, taking place February 26-28 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.

 We will also be conducting the webinar, “Unlocking the Other Half: Introduction to Hortonworks Data Platform for Windows,” on Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST.

To register for the webinar, please visit



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