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Red Hat and Hortonworks are extending their Hadoop-focused partnership

Red Hat and Hortonworks are extending their Hadoop-focused partnership

Linux heavyweight Red Hat and big data tech developer Hortonworks announced plans to redouble efforts to jointly develop and market big data innovations based on Apache Hadoop. The move will see further integration of both companies’ product lines and expand on a partnership announced last summer.

In June last year Red Hat and Hortonworks announced a strategic alliance to contribute to the Apache Hadoop project (Ambari, a monitoring and management-focused sub-project of Hadoop), and integrate the Hortonworks Data Platform with Red Hat Storage with a view towards adding support for multiple interfaces and better cluster management. Both Red Hat and Hortonworks are big contributors to YARN, the sub-project of Hadoop 2.0 dealing with those very challenges.

This week, the companies announced that they plan to take their relationship a step further and Red Hat said it will integrate most of its cloud offerings – Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenJDK, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, and Red Hat Storage – with Hortonworks’ big data platform in the near future.

“At the rapid rate that enterprises expand their Hadoop requirements – due to the business consistently identifying new use cases and more internal stakeholders – the Red Hat and Hortonworks strategic alliance provides a seamless approach to enabling the next generation of data-driven applications,” said Shaun Connolly, vice president, corporate strategy, Hortonworks.

“Our mutual customers complement both their Hadoop strategy and commitment to community-driven open source innovation,” Connolly added.

Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager, storage and big data, Red Hat said that the partnership is focused on delivering more efficiency to big data projects based on Hadoop, which have sometimes struggled due to a mix of technical challenges (Hadoop is still quite nascent) and lack of market expertise.

“Data – specifically data running processed with Hadoop – is the killer application for the open hybrid cloud,” Rangachari said.

“Enterprises are looking to IT solution providers to help with a dramatic reduction in time-to-results for their big data projects,” he added.

Research published this month, which includes responses from over 1,600 enterprise IT personnel suggests 2014 will see a sharp rise in commitment to big data projects, with the top application segments looking likely to be customer and customer experience analytics.

According to the research 56 per cent of respondents have big data projects in the pipeline. 36 per cent have already funded an internal big data initiative – up from 15 per cent two years ago.