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Hortonworks Sandbox Provides the Fastest Onramp to Enterprise Apache Hadoop

Hortonworks Sandbox Provides the Fastest

Onramp to Enterprise Apache Hadoop

 Go From Zero to Big Data in 15 Minutes


PALO ALTO, Calif.—January 22, 2013—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, today announced the Hortonworks Sandbox, a comprehensive, easy-to-use, hands-on learning environment that provides the fastest onramp for anyone interested in learning, evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. The Hortonworks Sandbox addresses the gap between people who want to learn Hadoop and the complexity of setting up a small Hadoop cluster with an integrated environment where users, whether Hadoop novices or experts, can access demos and videos and multi-level, step-by-step, hands-on tutorials. The free, self-contained virtual machine with Hadoop pre-configured is built using the new Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.2, the industry’s only enterprise-ready, 100-percent open source platform powered by Apache Hadoop that delivers high-scale data processing in a manner that is easy-to-use and operate for the enterprise.

The Hortonworks team, comprised of the original architects, developers and operators of Apache Hadoop, will regularly update the learning materials providing access to new content showcasing both partner solutions and increasingly sophisticated tutorials. Additionally, users can upload their own datasets to test and validate the use of Apache Hadoop within their own data architectures.

With a simple download, users have access to a complete learning and evaluation environment that allows them to investigate and evaluate the features of leading Apache Hadoop projects, such as Apache Pig, Apache Hive, Apache HCatalog and Apache HBase, to fully explore the possibilities of the open source big data platform. The integrated learning tutorials are developed based on the direct experience of the Hortonworks training team who create and deliver classes for students to learn to develop and administer Apache Hadoop.

“Alteryx and Hortonworks are both working to ensure the largest number of organizations get the maximum value from big data. The Hortonworks Sandbox will allow our customers to quickly build and test big data analytics in an easy-to-use, enterprise-grade distribution of Apache Hadoop,” said Paul Ross, vice president of Product Marketing, Alteryx. “By simplifying Apache Hadoop learning and testing, Hortonworks is helping any organization evaluate the potential impact of Hadoop and big data analytics, supporting the Alteryx mission to Humanize Big Data.”

“A lot of IT professionals need to have their first hands-on experience with Hadoop, as a prelude to an evaluation or an analytics project,” said Philip Russom, a research director at The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI). “Although anyone can download Hadoop from a variety of sources, finding your way around a platform that’s new to you can be time-consuming and somewhat random. The new Hortonworks Sandbox guides people through Hadoop with demos, videos and step-by-step, hands-on tutorials, so that learning Hadoop is faster and more effective.” 

Registration is now open for a free webinar, “Zero to Big Data in 15 minutes,” showcasing the uses of the Sandbox. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 5th at 10 am PST/1 pm EST.


Hortonworks Sandbox is now available for free download at:


About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing big data. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform powered by Apache Hadoop, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks is the trusted source for information on Hadoop, and together with the Apache community, Hortonworks is making Hadoop more robust and easier to install, manage and use. Hortonworks provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs for enterprises, systems integrators and technology vendors. For more information, visit




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Kim Rose



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Michelle Lazzar

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