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AlwaysOn Names Hortonworks Global 250 B2B Company of the Year

Increase in Partners and Customers Rockets Hortonworks to Market Leadership Position, Driving Enterprise Adoption of the Next-Generation Data Platform

PALO ALTO, Calif.—July 24, 2013—Hortonworks, a leading contributor and provider to enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced that it has been named the AlwaysOn Global 250 B2B Company of the Year.

The AlwaysOn Global 250 competition identifies the leading 250 emerging companies that are creating new business opportunities in the Global Silicon Valley. The winners of this year’s competition will be honored at Silicon Valley Innovation Summit 2013, being held from July 23-24, 2013 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

Hortonworks was recognized for its innovative leadership in big data, providing a secure and robust Apache Hadoop platform, combined with services and training, to companies looking to utilize Hadoop to meet their data needs. Hadoop has emerged as the leading big data technology, a software framework specifically designed to help enterprises mine data at unprecedented levels of speed and precision. The Hortonworks founders and architects have also led the development of Apache YARN, a key architectural change that will further cement Hadoop as a core component of the modern data architecture within organizations.

Hortonworks stands firmly at the center of the Hadoop ecosystem as the creator and distributor of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the industry’s only 100-percent open source data management platform for Hadoop. HDP’s unique architecture is fully integrated with a number of leading enterprise companies that include (but are not limited to) Microsoft, Rackspace and Teradata. These partnerships are helping to advance Hadoop as an essential component of the modern data architecture, allowing organizations to adopt and implement the next-generation data platform.

“Hortonworks has been one of the fastest rising stars in the big data field,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor, AlwaysOn. “Hortonworks is dedicated to working with and developing the core Hadoop code to make it easier to use and provide a more mature, powerful platform for building the data architecture of the future. Hortonworks has set the blueprint for how organizations can benefit from big data with 100-percent open source Hadoop.”

Each year, the AlwaysOn editorial team and investment and industry experts across the world identify private companies that are leaders among their peers, creating high-growth businesses and developing radical new approaches and technologies that push the boundaries of existing markets. The top 250 companies are selected based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value and media buzz.

“We are honored to be named the AlwaysOn Global 250 B2B Company of the Year and to be recognized as a leader in the big data and Apache Hadoop market,” said Rob Bearden, CEO, Hortonworks. “The AlwaysOn award is a testament to the company’s and our employees’ dedication to 100-percent open source Hadoop, an approach that is resonating strongly with the market. With more than 100 customers and counting, our commitment to open source is resulting in the fastest path to innovation and adoption of Apache Hadoop. We look forward to continuing to grow the company and help drive innovation in and around Hadoop as the enterprise’s next-generation data architecture.”

A full list of the 2013 AlwaysOn Global 250 winners can be found at:

About AlwaysOn

AlwaysOn is the leading business media brand connecting and informing the entrepreneurial community in the Global Silicon Valley. Founded by Red Herring founding editor, Tony Perkins in 2003, AlwaysOn’s mission is to continue to lead the industry by empowering its readers, event participants, sponsors, bloggers, and advertisers like no other media brand.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is the only 100-percent open source software provider to develop, distribute and support an Apache Hadoop platform explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise-grade deployments. Developed by the original architects, builders and operators of Hadoop, Hortonworks stewards the core and delivers the critical services required by the enterprise to reliably and effectively run Hadoop at scale. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks also provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs. For more information, visit Go from Zero to Hadoop in 15 Minutes with the Hortonworks’ Sandbox.


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