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Cardinal Health Selects Hortonworks to Power Next Generation Data Platform for Healthcare

PALO ALTO, CA —May 13, 2013—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, today announced that Cardinal Health, a leading provider of products and services supporting the healthcare industry, has selected to deploy their next generation data architecture based on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). The industry’s only true 100-percent open source data platform powered by Apache Hadoop, HDP enables Cardinal Health to better serve its customers’ needs for rapid data management, as part of the supply chain management and business intelligence processes.

Cardinal Health provides pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations and helps their customers focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and overall quality.  With the use of Big Data Cardinal Health is looking to deploy a next generation data architecture that improves the speed and analysis of large volumes of structured and unstructured information that further increases the value it delivers to its customers across all business units and enhances its organizational agility.

“Healthcare is one of the biggest areas of opportunity for big data initiatives and Apache Hadoop empowers healthcare organizations to capitalize on massive amounts of information to streamline processes and improve patient care,” said Shaun Connolly, vice president, corporate strategy, Hortonworks. “We look forward to supporting Cardinal Health with the industry’s most knowledgeable Hadoop engineering team as it deploys a next-generation data architecture with the Hortonworks Data Platform. Apache Hadoop remains the platform of choice for organizations across industries that realize the tremendous value of the data-driven business.”

With the 100-percent open source Hortonworks Data Platform, Cardinal Health can leverage existing data assets and extend existing investments in applications, tools and processes.

“When comparing Hadoop vendors, Cardinal Health required a true open source option that wouldn’t lock the company in to one vendor or technology,” said Neeraj Kumar, vice president of information and integration architecture, Cardinal Health. “I have worked with other Hadoop technologies in the past and the Hortonworks Data Platform is one that meets this requirement.”

HDP allows an enterprise to capture, process and share data in any format and at scale and includes the necessary components to manage a cluster at scale and uncover business insights from existing and new data sources.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports the only 100-percent open source distribution of Apache Hadoop 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


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