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NEC and Hortonworks Expand Partnership to Deliver a Distributed Processing Platform for Big Data

  • Companies extend their global reseller agreement and expand joint collaboration
  • NEC becomes a Hortonworks Platinum reseller partner


TOKYO – September 24, 2017- NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and Hortonworks, Inc.® (NASDAQ: HDP) today announced the expansion of their strategic partnership to deliver a Big Data processing platform. The companies are combining NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop with Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP®) that will allow enterprise customers to process structured and unstructured data in a single platform. NEC will introduce and market the Big Data platform solution globally with support from Hortonworks.

The strategic relationship between NEC and Hortonworks allows each company to leverage its core competencies and maximize the benefits delivered to their enterprise customers and partners. Through this expanded relationship, Hortonworks will certify NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop, based on NEC’s specialized hardware that is designed and optimized for Big Data workloads and HDP. NEC will work with Hortonworks to integrate the Big Data appliance through Hortonworks’ best-in-class expertise and support for Hadoop.

The partnership also includes the following:

  • To accelerate deployment of NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop, NEC and Hortonworks will align engineering teams to verify HDP.
  • NEC will provide the Hortonworks-certified high-quality platform and reference solution to simplify and accelerate HDP deployment, enabling customers to utilize the latest Big Data solution for business expansion.
  • NEC and Hortonworks will leverage their engineering collaboration and go-to-market plans to expand into new and developing markets.
  • NEC will provide customers with Hortonworks DataFlow (HDFTM), which allows enterprises to quickly build streaming applications for real-time analytics that best match their interactive and real-time processing needs. The company will also provide Hortonworks Professional Services to implement HDP and HDF.
  • NEC and Hortonworks will provide an easy upgrade path for customers with a pre-validated and certified upgrade of the latest version of Hadoop.

“It is critical for organizations today to make fast and informed decisions by extracting insights from huge volumes of data. Therefore, NEC is focused on giving organizations the best Hadoop platform for data management and processing so they can receive these insights,” said Tomoyasu Nishimura, senior vice president, NEC Corporation. “To further address this market need, we have established a Centre of Excellence for Analytics Platforms and Solutions in India, which focuses on research and development of future Big Data solutions and provides end-to-end sales and support to customers. And by becoming a Platinum reseller for Hortonworks, we are uniquely positioned to provide a certified Big Data solution to the market. We look forward to taking this partnership to the next level to deliver more innovative solutions.”

“I am very pleased to welcome NEC as one of Hortonworks’ Platinum partners,” said Christopher Sullivan, SVP, Global Channels & Alliances, Hortonworks. “I am sure that the certified Big Data solution stack of NEC’s Data Platform for Hadoop and HDP will provide our mutual customers and partners with leading-edge, data-driven solutions and advantages to grow their business.”

NEC and Hortonworks began their partnership in August 2015 and since then have collaborated on a variety of projects that led to acquiring key customers in the Telecom and Banking sectors.


About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit

The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit

NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. ©2017 NEC Corporation.


About Hortonworks

Hortonworks is an industry-leading innovator that creates, distributes and supports enterprise-ready open data platforms and modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data: data-in-motion and data-at-rest. Hortonworks is focused on driving innovation in open source communities such as Apache Hadoop, Apache NiFi and Apache Spark. Along with its 2,100+ partners, Hortonworks provides the expertise, training and services that allow customers to unlock transformational value for their organizations across any line of business.

Hortonworks and HDP are registered trademarks or trademarks of Hortonworks, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. For more information, please visit All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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