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Red Hat and Hortonworks deepen their Big Data alliance on Linux Hadoop

Combined data stacks and joint customer service
Tue Feb 11 2014, 14:17
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LINUX ALLIES Red Hat and Hortonworks have expanded their strategic partnership surrounding Hadoop and Big Data.

At a joint press briefing yesterday the partners announced innovations including Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) on Red Hat Storage, Red Hat Enterprise Linux with OpenJDK and Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualisation with HDP.

The companies will offer a joint support service for customers to take advantage of the alliance, with Red Hat customers able to enjoy Hortonworks' Hadoop specialist knowledge.

Hortonworks VP of corporate strategy Shaun Connolly said, "This enables you to pull data from multiple data sources including NoSQL, enterprise applications, and now Hadoop. It normalises the data model and makes it easier for developers to write apps."

"People want to consume data in Hadoop using their existing skills and tools when building new analytic apps. This integration speaks to enabling business analysts and application developers in the enterprise today."

The two firms have been working behind the scenes to combine their product stacks with the goal of allowing users of both systems to inject Hadoop workloads into the combined stack.

Red Hat VP of Storage and Big Data Ranga Rangachari said, "Now we truly have a best-of-breed solution that is truly open as well as giving customers choice."

Some elements of the partnership are still in beta while others are ready for use now, with further announcements expected in the near future.

The news follows Red Hat's recent announcement of its latest testing release, Fedora 20, codenamed Heisenbug. µ


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