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Yahoo! JAPAN Selects Apache Hadoop Leader Hortonworks for their Enterprise

Hortonworks Data Platform and joint engineering around Apache Hadoop to fuel Yahoo! JAPAN’s next-generation features

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—March 5, 2015—Hortonworks® (NASDAQ: HDP), the leading contributor to and provider of Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced it has expanded its customer base in Asia with the addition of Yahoo! JAPAN, a leading digital property focused on making the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. Yahoo! JAPAN will launch a comprehensive data platform based on the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP™), building one of the largest Hadoop clusters in Japan. In addition, Yahoo! JAPAN will engage in deep joint engineering with Hortonworks, ultimately contributing back to the Apache Software Foundation community to strengthen Hadoop’s performance and functionality. Based on this partnership, Yahoo! JAPAN expects to fortify its various web services.

Yahoo! JAPAN is a leading internet company in Japan, with significant market share in search, auction, shopping, news, travel reservations, and many more areas. Yahoo! JAPAN will build the next generation of its existing and new products with HDP as the core infrastructure of its multi-thousand node data center platform. This architectural shift is expected to significantly improve Yahoo! JAPAN’s ROI, data capacity and processing performance for next generation web businesses. Achieving such innovative features requires an entirely new level of performance, scalability and stability that only a completely open Hadoop solution like HDP can deliver.

“We at Yahoo Japan are taking the initiative to create a new service business market through the thorough utilization of data. However, the complexity and volume of the high frequency and highly variant types of data facing us is very difficult to handle,” says Motohiro Koma, Vice President, Data Solutions at Yahoo! JAPAN. “We understand that this is challenging unexplored territory, and we have chosen Hortonworks as a partner because we value their open source model and leadership. Our partnership not only provides our engineering teams with the latest functionalities of the Apache Hadoop community, but also provides the opportunity for Yahoo Japan to be contributors ourselves. Based on this cooperative development, we can integrate into our sites the product of our cooperation with Hortonworks’ world-class engineers, and together create an extraordinary problem-solving engine.”

“We are pleased to welcome Yahoo! JAPAN to HDP and the Apache Hadoop community, and look forward to working with them to build their modern data architecture based on a completely open platform,” said Andy Leaver, vice president of international operations at Hortonworks. “Hortonworks is dedicated to supporting and growing Yahoo! JAPAN’s large Hadoop cluster with a joint engineering commitment to meet their ever-growing web business needs.”

About Yahoo! JAPAN  

Yahoo! JAPAN Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliates (the Yahoo! JAPANGroup) have been a key driving force behind the rapid growth of the Japanese Internet market. Offering Internet users an ever-expanding range of useful, cutting-edge services, from search and information listing to community and e-commerce, the Yahoo! JAPAN portal site is the undisputed market leader in terms of user numbers and page views. While maintaining our core revenue-generating business strengths in Internet advertising, e-commerce, and membership services, and collaborating with companies offering complementary capabilities, we are keenly focused on harnessing the explosive growth of the mobile-based Internet in line with our Smart Devices First policy. In all of our business activities, we are committed to retaining Yahoo! JAPAN’s position as the No. 1 problem-solving engine in the Japanese Internet market.

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks 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.

For more information:

Michelle Lazzar

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