Red Hat, Hortonworks Enhance Relationship Over Hadoop

Hortonworks and Red Had enhanced their relationship with a strategic alliance and integrated product lines, including an HDP plug-in for Red Hat Storage.

Hortonworks and Red Hat announced an expansion of their existing relationship to form a strategic alliance that will include the new Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) plug-in for Red Hat Storage.

The enhanced alliance between open-source leaders in the Hadoop and Linux worlds encompasses the integration of product lines, joint go-to-market initiatives and collaborative customer support, as well as the availability of the beta program for the HDP plug-in for Red Hat Storage. Red Hat and Hortonworks presented a Webcast Feb. 10 to provide detail on their expanded alliance.

Hadoop continues to gain traction in enterprise big data implementations. According to a recent IDC study commissioned by Red Hat, "... 32 percent of respondents indicated that their firms have existing Hadoop deployments. An additional 31 percent indicated that they had plans to deploy it within 12 months. And finally 36 percent said that their Hadoop deployment schedule could go beyond 12 months."

"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," Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy at Hortonworks, said in a statement. "Our mutual customers complement both their Hadoop strategy and commitment to community-driven open-source innovation."

Red Hat said that, with an enterprise Apache Hadoop platform that is tightly integrated with open hybrid cloud technologies, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenJDK, Red Hat JBoss Middleware and Red Hat Storage, the two companies plan to deliver infrastructure solutions that enable the next generation of data-driven applications. This will enable enterprises to more quickly analyze big data.

"Hortonworks and Red Hat are natural partners, given the strong commitment to open source on both sides," Matthew Aslett, research director of data management and analytics at 451 Research, said in a statement. "The strategic alliance will benefit Hortonworks and Red Hat customers looking to develop and deploy Hadoop applications, as well as the wider Hadoop community as the results of joint-development work are contributed back into Apache Hadoop."

Moreover, the expanded alliance will help developers quickly build new analytic applications to take advantage of new data types, and data analysts will have improved access to data through standard interfaces. HDP combined with Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization integrates Hadoop with existing information sources, including data warehouses, SQL and NoSQL databases, enterprise and cloud applications, and flat and XML files. The solution creates business-friendly, reusable and virtual data models with unified views by combining and transforming data from multiple sources including Hadoop. This creates integrated data available on-demand for external applications through standard SQL and Web services interfaces.

"Data—specifically data running processed with Hadoop—is the killer application for the open hybrid cloud. Enterprises are looking to IT solution providers to help with a dramatic reduction in time-to-results for their big data projects," said Ranga Rangachari, vice president and general manager of storage and big data at Red Hat. "Red Hat's strategic alliance with Hortonworks is focused on helping customers with efficiency and agility as they embark on big data projects."