The Spark lit in Azure HDInsight last week was just the beginning to this week’s energy and momentum we saw around the partnership at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner’s Conference. During the conference keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella affirmed, “Together with our partners we are transforming the business world for the next era”.
This year’s big announcement of Apache Spark being brought to HDInsight was the latest Big Data announcement delivered by Microsoft and Hortonworks. The deep partnership between the two companies started in 2011, initially bringing HDP to a native Windows Server environment, followed by Microsoft’s Azure HDInsight, Hadoop as a service based on the core HDP platform. Our tight partnership continued with collaboration to extend HDP to Azure IaaS to meet the demands of our customers’ shift to a hybrid architecture. Today the market reaps the benefits of the flexibility and interoperability of HDP on-premises, on Azure and as-a-service with HDInsight.
Carrying the excitement and energy forward from the big Hadoop and HDInsights announcements, Hortonworks started the week being honored with awards from Microsoft’s Enterprise Partner Group for “Cloud Partner of the Year” in both the West and Central regions of the United States. Hortonworks Data Platform and Hortonworks Sandbox are offered on the Azure Marketplace. HDInsight, built with the core HDP platform is one of the top 10 apps driving Azure usage. The momentum is apparent in these regions of the United States, where our joint customers are taking advantage of the benefits of Azure and Open Enterprise Hadoop. With no up-front costs or hardware investments and the flexibility and scalability of Azure, customers can spin up a Hadoop cluster in minutes, access the powerful cloud analytic services available in Azure and transform their business. We are proud to both receive these awards and celebrate our joint field efforts in building wins together such as Pier 1, Noble Energy and Rockwell Automation.
On day 2 of WPC, Hortonworks RVP of West and Central, Sales Rick Turco, had the pleasure of joining Stephen Boyle, Microsoft VP US Enterprise Services Partners in his keynote session to share where customers are going with Hadoop and Azure technologies in the market and why. Opening the session with a video from our joint customer, we learned how they used HDInsight to transform their business. Rick and Stephen had a valuable q&a session, helping the partner community understand how they too can help their customers transform their business with Hortonworks Open Enterprise Hadoop and Azure.
Keying off Stephen’s keynote, we additionally jointly conducted SI, ISV and Industry briefings, round tables and strategy sessions to get to the next level of fidelity and further enable the partner community.
Wrapping up the conference, the US Enterprise Partner Group conducted their briefing of their FY plans for supporting the vision and calls to action from Scott Guthrie’s and Kevin Turner’s keynote of Building the Intelligent Cloud and seizing the moment’s predicted 14% annual cloud market growth by 2018. Making the US EPG’s top 3 list of go-to partners, we at Hortonworks are very excited to continue our strong partnership with Microsoft and help drive customer innovation and ensure success as enterprises move to the cloud and big data with Azure and HDInsights.
Azure customers can start with Hadoop today. Go to the Azure Marketplace where you can start learning about Hadoop through the Hortonworks Sandbox, can deploy HDP on your Azure instance, or begin using Hadoop as a Service with Azure HDInsight.