Hortonworks Acquires Onyara, Launches DataFlow Product
Hortonworks announced plans to acquire Onyara and use its NSA-built Apache NiFi technology to fuel a new DataFlow offering.Hortonworks, a provider of enterprise Hadoop solutions and services, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Onyara, the creator of and key contributor to Apache NiFi. A top-level open-source project at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), Apache NiFi is an easy-to-use system to process and distribute data. The acquisition will make it easy for users to automate and secure data flows and to collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from data in motion. "The NiFi user interface and ease of extension have made it extremely easy to get up and running and even customize," said Craig Connell, CTO at Leverege, which develops software for users to manage and visualize large networks of diverse sensors, including Internet of things (IoT) environments. "It is great that NiFi also easily integrates with other parts of the Apache big data world like Spark, Kafka and Hadoop." As a result of the acquisition, Hortonworks is introducing Hortonworks DataFlow powered by Apache NiFi, which is complementary to the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015.
Explaining the impetus behind NiFi, Joe Witt, CTO at Onyara told eWEEK: "We saw that it was difficult to see and control how data flows from access points as small as a sensor back to the data center. And there was disjoint logging and no real bidirectional intelligence as data was in motion. So we created 'Niagara Files' to address this, which through the NSA Technology Transfer was donated to the Apache Software Foundation and became Apache NiFi. NiFi makes it easy to automate and secure IoAT [Internet of anything] data flows that collect, conduct and curate real-time business insights and actions derived from sensors, machines, geo-location devices, clicks, logs, social feeds, etc.—the IoAT."