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Hortonworks Recognized as CRN Emerging Vendor

Awards List Underscores Hortonworks’ Commitment to Enable the IT Channel Ecosystem

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—July 23, 2015—Hortonworks, Inc. ® (NASDAQ: HDP), the leader in Open Enterprise Hadoop, announced today it has been named to The Channel Company’s exclusive 2015 CRN® Emerging Vendors List. The annual list features technology vendors that have introduced innovative new products, creating opportunities for channel partners in North America to create solutions for customers. The Channel Company recognizes Hortonworks’ demonstrated commitment to developing new technologies that meet growing market demands.

Hortonworks works closely with its partners to enable a modern data architecture that enables transformational business outcomes through analyzing big data, while providing all the governance, security and operations capabilities that enterprise IT requires. The Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP™) version 2.3 is the industry’s only 100 percent open source Apache Hadoop platform built in the open by Hortonworks and the community. HDP 2.3 provides an open platform that’s easy to use and enterprise-ready, leveraging the latest innovations from the Apache Software Foundation.

Hortonworks has a thriving ecosystem of vendors providing additional capabilities, services and integration points. Our partners contribute to and augment Hadoop with given functionality across Business Intelligence and Analytics, Data Management Tools and Infrastructure. Systems Integrators and Independent Software Vendors of all sizes are building skills to assist with integration and solution development.

“We are honored with this recognition and excited about how the growth and success our partners has helped drive the Hadoop ecosystem forward, said Mitch Ferguson, vice president of business development at Hortonworks. “Enabling a vibrant ecosystem around Hadoop has been core to Hortonworks strategy since the beginning of the company and this milestone illustrates the adoption of Hadoop in the enterprise.”

Companies included in CRN’s 2015 Emerging Vendors list were founded in 2009 or later and are actively working with channel partners in North America. The list, along with information about each vendor, will be published in CRN’s August 2015 issue and will be available online at

Supporting Quotes

“Hortonworks has partnered with Red Hat since its early days. They have been a champion of the open source model and a key enabler of the communities needed to support the big data ecosystem,” said Greg Kleiman, director of big data strategy at Red Hat. “As a strategic partner, Hortonworks brought their flavor of open source innovation to build more agile and cost effective big data solutions with Red Hat.”

“We’re entering a Digital Age in which customers have an incredible opportunity in front of them as they stockpile massive amounts of raw, structured and unstructured data,” said Aidan O’Brien, senior director of big data solutions at EMC. “EMC and Hortonworks are working together to deliver solutions that turn existing data, analytics and applications into actionable insights and meaningful business outcomes, quickly and easily. We are thrilled to see Hortonworks recognized on this year’s CRN Emerging Vendors List.”

“We congratulate Hortonworks on this recognition by CRN,” said Ravi Chalaka, vice president of solutions and social innovation marketing at Hitachi Data Systems. “Building on our recent acquisition of Pentaho, our partnership with Hortonworks has helped to strengthen the Hadoop-based solutions within our traditional IT and Social Innovation solution portfolios, which deliver meaningful insights and better business outcomes for our customers through the application of big data analytics.”

“Solution providers continue to keep their finger on the pulse of emerging technology in order to stay ahead of customer needs. The exciting technology vendors recognized in this year’s Emerging Vendors List don’t disappoint—the innovative technologies they bring to the table provide channel partners with product options that will propel their success into the future,” said Robert Faletra, chief executive officer of The Channel Company. “We congratulate 2015’s Emerging Vendors for their outstanding efforts and for delivering cutting-edge technology solutions that will continue to evolve the IT channel.”

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About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is the leader in emerging Open Enterprise Hadoop and 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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About The Channel Company

The Channel Company, with established brands including CRN®, XChange® Events, IPED® and SharedVue®, is the channel community’s trusted authority for growth and innovation. For more than three decades, we have leveraged our proven and leading-edge platforms to deliver prescriptive sales and marketing solutions for the technology channel. The Channel Company provides Communication, Recruitment, Engagement, Enablement, Demand Generation and Intelligence services to drive technology partnerships. Learn more at

The Channel Company, CRN®, XChange® Events, IPED® and SharedVue® are registered trademarks of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved. All other brand names, product names, or service names that appear herein are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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