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Hortonworks Data Platform: Hortonworks’ Hadoop Distribution

Announcement came out today[1]:

Hortonworks Data Platform, powered by Apache Hadoop — As we began to interact with enterprises and ecosystem partners, the one constant was the need for a base distribution of Apache Hadoop that is 100% open source and that contains the essential components used with every Hadoop installation.  A distribution was needed to provide an easy to install, tightly integrated and well tested set of servers and tools. As we interacted with potential partners, we also heard the message loud and clear that they wanted open and secure APIs to easily integrate and extend Hadoop. We believe we have succeeded on both fronts. The Hortonworks Data Platform is such an open source distribution.  It is powered by Apache Hadoop and includes the essential Hadoop components, plus some that make it more manageable, open and extensible. Our distribution is based on Hadoop 0.20.205, the first Apache Hadoop release that supports security and HBase.  It also includes some new APIs, such as WebHDFS and those in Ambari and HCatalog, which will make it easy for our partners to integrate their products with Apache Hadoop. For those new to Ambari, it is an open source Apache project that will bring improved installation and management to Hadoop. HCatalog is a metadata management service for simplifying the sharing of data between Hadoop and other data systems. We are releasing Hortonworks Data Platform initially as a limited technology preview with plans to open it up to the public in early 2012.

The fight is on–even if for now the tone is still polite. And if we are adding to the mix MapR and LexisNexis’ HPCC, not to mention the armies of marketers and sales coming from Oracle, IBM, EMC, NetApp, etc. this actually smells like war.

Edward Ribeiro apty commented: “This reminds me of Linux distros war circa 2001”.


  1. The emphasis in the text is mine to underline the most important aspects of the announcement.  

Original title and link: Hortonworks Data Platform: Hortonworks’ Hadoop Distribution (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)