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Hortonworks to Extend Apache Hadoop to Windows Users

Strategic Relationship to Accelerate the Delivery of Hadoop-based Solutions for Windows Server and Windows Azure

Sunnyvale, Calif.—October 12, 2011—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop projects, today announced a strategic relationship with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to accelerate and extend the delivery of Apache Hadoop-based distributions for Windows Server and Windows Azure. With its unmatched Apache Hadoop domain expertise, Hortonworks will add to Microsoft’s data platform with SQL Server 2012 and investments for managing big data. The relationship was announced today during the keynote at the PASS Summit in Seattle, WA.

“Microsoft is committed to helping customers manage any data, any size, anywhere with the SQL Server data platform, Windows Server and Windows Azure,” said Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft.  “Hortonworks has a rich history in leading the design and development of Apache Hadoop. Their experience and expertise in this space helps us accelerate our delivery of our Hadoop-based distribution on Windows Server and Windows Azure while maintaining compatibility and interoperability with the broader ecosystem.”

Hortonworks will provide Microsoft with important Hadoop support and training that will help accelerate the delivery of Microsoft’s Hadoop-based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure, including input around feature roadmap and designs; feedback on code reviews; and regression and acceptance testing.

“Hortonworks is committed to growing the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, ensuring that the open source technology is a compelling platform for storing, processing, managing and analyzing big data,” said Eric Baldeschwieler, CEO at Hortonworks. “By helping bridge the Apache Hadoop technology and knowledge gaps that exist with enterprises, system integrators and technology vendors, we can accelerate production deployments of Hadoop as a powerful solution to big data challenges. We look forward to working with Microsoft to enable Apache Hadoop to run on Windows Server and Windows Azure, further extending the benefits of Hadoop to organizations across the globe.”

For more information:

Michelle Lazzar

(408) 884-9861