Freshly Paved Road

Some say that Hortonworks is the steward for pure open source Apache Hadoop. But Matt Morgan, the company’s vice president of global product marketing doesn’t go that far. When CMSWire spoke to him, he stuck close to the company’s branding calling it the “leading contributor to and provider of Apache Hadoop for the enterprise” whose mission it is to establish Hadoop as the foundational technology of modern enterprise data architecture.

Hortonworks doesn’t think the latter is something that it will do alone. “Community” is practically a holy word at the company. When talking about Hadoop 2 at the Hadoop Summit last year, Hortonworks co-founder Arun Murthy looked into the audience and said, “If you’re in this room and you used Hadoop four to five years ago, I can’t thank you enough.” He clearly believes that no group of employees at any one company could have produced something as game-changing, as quickly, on their own.

So, it shouldn’t come as too big a surprise that when Hortonworks opens the doors to the Hadoop Summit tomorrow, Apache Hadoop committers will be admitted for free.

Introducing Hadoop Data Platform 2.3 

Hortonworks unveils the latest release of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP 2.3) today. It is the only enterprise Hadoop-based platform that is made up of 100 percent Apache open source components. Its ambitions fall neatly in line with what Morgan said was the theme of the conference: Accelerating the traction of Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. 

For Hadoop to become more widely adopted, it has to be easier to use according to Morgan. So it goes to follow that HDP 2.3 was built to ease the installation and configuration for HDFS, YARN, Hive and HBase.

This includes, but is not limited to, making key configurations visible by clearly displaying the set of options, recommending settings and suggesting optimal ranges, and highlighting dependencies by letting you visualize any impact on dependent services.

Enhanced security and data governance have also been added to HDP 2.3 including new encryption of data at rest, and the extension of the data governance initiative with Apache Atlas.

Proactive support will now also be included with all Hortonworks subscriptions via Hortonworks Smart Sense for proactive cluster monitoring. It was built to provide customers with proactive insights and recommendations about their cluster utilization and its health so that issues can be dealt with before they become problems.

Widespread Hadoop Adoption Ahead?

Gartner analysts Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian have cited skills shortage as one the barriers to Hadoop adoption. Hortonworks might have addressed that issue with HDP 2.3. 

Morgan said that the effect of HDP 2.3 will be transformational: “If you can nail the ease of use of Hadoop, it will have a viral effect.”

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