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May 08, 2014
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Rainstor 5.5 is now Certified on HDP 2.1

Rainstor is a Hortonworks Certified Technology Partner and provides an efficient database that reduces the cost, complexity and compliance risk of managing enterprise data. RainStor’s patented technology enables customers to cut infrastructure costs and scales anywhere; on-premise or in the cloud and natively on Hadoop. RainStor’s customers are 20 of the world’s largest communications providers and 10 of the biggest banks and financial services organizations. 

Rainstor’s Mark Cusack, Chief Architect, writes about the benefits of certification on HDP 2.1.

RainStor and Hortonworks have been collaborating since January 2012, when RainStor joined the Hortonworks Technology Partner Program offering a Big Data Archive solution on Hadoop for analytics against historical data to meet both business and compliance demands.

This new certification goes much further, enabling Hortonworks’ customers to run RainStor natively on HDFS, while offering enterprise-grade security features – including data encryption and masking – integrated with a highly efficient data store that utilizes market-leading compression.  RainStor was certified on a Kerberos-enabled HDP cluster running YARN, and was tested to ensure that RainStor’s compressed data files stored on HDFS remain fully accessible via Hive, Pig, and MapReduce, as well as RainStor’s own MPP SQL query engine, even when operating in a secure Hadoop environment.

HDP 2.1 provides an excellent compute and storage platform for Rainstor’s secure data archiving solution. With HDP, customers can scale out archives to address the need to store more records for longer, for both analytics and data governance purposes. We always ensure that RainStor is supported on the latest Hortonworks release, ensuring that our customers can take full advantage of new capabilities that become available as HDP moves forward.

RainStor provides a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise features running on HDP to ensure data privacy, protection against insider threats, and also adherence to strict data governance and a number of industry-specific compliance regulations. Active Archive use-cases include off-load from enterprise data warehouses for which RainStor has custom-built connectors, including bi-directional data movement between Teradata and RainStor. This environment generally comprises sensitive, critical data that has to be managed and secured to exacting standards, which RainStor delivers while leveraging the power and scale of Hadoop.

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Mark Cusack, Chief Architect, Rainstor

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