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New Hortonworks Data Platform Release Showcases Power of Open Source Innovation

Delivers on Stinger Initiative Vision for Faster, SQL Compatible Queries “In” Hadoop

PALO ALTO, Calif.—May 29, 2013—Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced the availability of the 1.3 version of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), the industry’s only 100-percent open source Apache Hadoop platform. HDP 1.3 incorporates the most recent advancements from the open source community, allowing customers to harness the accelerated rate of innovation around Apache Hadoop and its related projects. In addition to providing a tested, integrated distribution of these projects, this release includes a primary focus on enhancements to Apache Hive, the de-facto standard for SQL access in Hadoop.

HDP 1.3 delivers on the first phase of the Stinger Initiative, a community-driven effort to enhance the performance of SQL queries, as well as deliver enhanced SQL compatibility through new SQL data-types and analytic functions, by including the latest release of Apache Hive. Hive version 0.11 incorporates over 350 enhancements contributed by a broad community of over 55 developers from more than 10 unique organizations and underscores the community commitment to further enhance SQL in Hadoop.

“Hortonworks is dedicated to working with the community to advance 100-percent open source Apache Hadoop, and the regular cadence of updates to the Hortonworks Data Platform are designed to engage the entire IT ecosystem in its march toward a next-generation enterprise Hadoop platform,” said Bob Page, VP Products, Hortonworks. “The vast majority of Hadoop deployments rely on Apache Hive for proven and scalable SQL queries. HDP 1.3 is designed to improve the performance and SQL compatibility of Hive, empowering enterprises to more effectively execute SQL commands for faster, interactive queries and deeper analysis.”

Additional Features in HDP 1.3:

HDP 1.3 includes a number of additional enhancements to improve the ease-of-use of Apache Hadoop and for improved business continuity, including:

Ease Of Use

  • This release provides NFS v3 standards-based access to HDFS so that file system can be accessed as a mounted drive on the network, simplifying movement of data in and out of Hadoop.
  • HDP 1.3 provides more access to enterprise data from Hadoop with optimized Oracle and Netezza connectors, enhanced HCatalog support for Sqoop and the ability to transfer Sqoop direct loads to/from RCFile and ORCFile.
  • Apache Ambari, the open source management and provisioning solution for Apache Hadoop now includes job diagnostic improvements, more customization options, improved heatmaps and broader support for existing enterprise databases platforms.

Business Continuity

  • HDP 1.3 delivers file dataset (HDFS) and HBase snapshots for point-in-time disaster recovery functionality.
  • An upgrade to HBase provides multi-master high availability, table snapshots and shortened recovery times for online applications built on Hadoop.


Hortonworks Data Platform 1.3 is now available for download at:

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports the only 100-percent open source distribution of Apache Hadoop explicitly architected, built and tested for enterprise grade deployments. Developed by the original architects, builders and operators of Hadoop, Hortonworks stewards the core and delivers the critical services required by the enterprise to reliably and effectively run Hadoop at scale. Our distribution, Hortonworks Data Platform, provides an open and stable foundation for enterprises and a growing ecosystem to build and deploy big data solutions. Hortonworks also provides unmatched technical support, training and certification programs. For more information, visit



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