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Hortonworks Acquires XA Secure

Acquisition provides Hortonworks Data Platform customers with the industry’s broadest security capabilities for Enterprise Hadoop

PALO ALTO, Calif.,—May 15, 2014—Hortonworks®, the leading provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced it has acquired XA Secure, a leading data security company, to accelerate its delivery of a holistic and centralized approach to Hadoop security. Hortonworks will immediately begin incorporating the XA Secure technology into the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) while also transitioning the solution to an open Apache community project.

Since driving the release of YARN in Hadoop 2, Hortonworks has become the industry standard for enterprises ready to place multiple types of workloads under management in Hadoop at scale. As part of meeting the broader enterprise IT requirements for a data lake architecture, Hortonworks set out to deliver a comprehensive, centralized approach to security administration and ensures consistent policy enforcement and audit for compliance across all workloads. Today’s alternative Hadoop security offerings only address a subset of these requirements. The acquisition of XA Secure provides Hortonworks with key technology and engineering expertise to quickly deliver on this industry direction for Hadoop security.

Founded in 2013, XA Secure provides an enterprise ready, cross-platform, security layer built from the ground up for Hadoop, providing centralized capabilities around data security, authorization, auditing and overall governance.

Hortonworks will host a webinar on June 24 at 10 AM PT to provide an overview of the XA Secure acquisition and the future of security for enterprise Hadoop.

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Supporting Quotes

“At Sprint, XA Secure has drastically simplified user access control, policy management, and centralized audit across our Hadoop infrastructure,” said, Tanya Coutray, IT Director of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Analytics at Sprint. “This enables us to rapidly roll out tight security controls across our Hortonworks cluster.”

“XA Secure will play an instrumental role in our company’s strategic vision for unlocking the potential of enterprise Hadoop,” said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks. “This move is consistent with our approach of delivering the enterprise capabilities that Hadoop users expect, completely in open source.”

“The teams at Hortonworks and XA Secure saw the unique market opportunity to lead and build the right set of security intelligence and management capabilities into the fabric of the Hortonworks Data Platform,” said Balaji Ganesan, founder and CEO of XA Secure. “We are thrilled to be joining Hortonworks to further execute our joint vision and lead the community-based initiative to provide enterprise-grade security within Hadoop as only an open community can.”

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports the only 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform. Our team comprises the largest contingent of builders and architects within the Hadoop ecosystem who represent and lead the broader enterprise requirements within these communities. The Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications. Hortonworks has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners that enable our customers to unlock the broadest opportunities from Hadoop.

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