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Hortonworks Empowers Apache Hadoop Ecosystem with Unveiling of Open and Extensible Data Platform

Comprehensive Offerings Include Open Source Platform Powered by Apache Hadoop, Expert Support, Training Services and Partner Enablement Programs

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—November 1, 2011—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop projects, today announced the Hortonworks Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop. Designed to accelerate the adoption of Apache Hadoop, the Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. The company also announced comprehensive support and training offerings and partner enablement programs to aid enterprises, ISVs and systems integrators in implementing Apache Hadoop-based solutions.

The Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) is a massively scalable, open and extensible platform powered by the most popular Apache Hadoop projects including the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce, Pig, Hive, HBase and Zookeeper. Also included are HCatalog, a metadata management service for simplifying data sharing between Hadoop and other enterprise information systems; Ambari, an open source installation and management system; and open HTTP/REST APIs that make it easier for ISVs to integrate and extend Apache Hadoop.

“As a leader in processing the massive amounts of data that flow through enterprises, Informatica is providing a data integration platform tightly integrated with Apache Hadoop that turns big data into big opportunity for businesses,” said James Markarian, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Informatica. “Through our relationship with Hortonworks, Informatica can deliver a solution built upon the Hortonworks Data Platform that integrates data sources and shares information widely across the enterprise. This solution helps organizations make sense of a wide variety of data which drives more informed decisions and helps companies grow their businesses.”

“The amount of data across the globe is doubling every two years and organizations in all industries are struggling to manage and capitalize on this wealth of information,” said Benjamin Woo, program vice president, storage systems and lead analyst for Big Data, IDC. “Apache Hadoop has established itself as a leading solution for unlocking the enormous potential of this vast amount of information, known as big data. It is critical for companies like Hortonworks to continue to develop and contribute core Apache Hadoop code back to the open source community, helping make the technology more palatable for widespread deployment across enterprise environments.”   

Hortonworks also announced expert support, training and enablement services for the entire Hadoop ecosystem. Hortonworks support subscriptions assist organizations during the entire lifecycle of Hadoop solutions, including unprecedented Hadoop design, development and proof-of-concept support. Hortonworks training offerings are designed to overcome Hadoop knowledge gaps for developers, architects and administrators. Partner enablement services assist ISVs and systems integrators in delivering integrated and optimized Hadoop solutions and services. All Hortonworks services are backed by the development team that has contributed the majority of code to the core Apache Hadoop projects and supported the world’s largest Hadoop deployment for the past several years.

“Hortonworks is dedicated to advancing Apache Hadoop so that it becomes the de facto platform for the next generation of data processing solutions,” said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO of Hortonworks. “The Hortonworks Data Platform is an important step in achieving this goal. By providing an open, stable and highly extensible platform that makes it easier to integrate Apache Hadoop with existing data architectures, Hortonworks is helping organizations maximize the value from the data flowing throughout their enterprise.”


The Hortonworks Data Platform will be released via a Technology Preview Program in November 2011 with plans to release a Public Technology Preview in the first quarter of 2012. Customers, partners and community members are encouraged to sign up for the Technology Preview Program at

Upcoming Webinar Series

Hortonworks will be presenting a series of webinars on the current state of Apache Hadoop and its multiple big data-driven applications within leading enterprise organizations. The first webinar, “Apache Hadoop Now, Next and Beyond,” will take place on Thursday, November 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please register for the webinar at

For more information:

Michelle Lazzar

(408) 884-9861