Horton sees Red and goes killer

Apache Hadoop “leading contributor” Hortonworks recently snuggled up closer with Red Hat to produce what the firms like to call a “joint go-to-market initiative” featuring collaborative customer support and platform plug ins.


Red Hat’s Ranga Rangachari says that data — specifically data running processed with Hadoop — is the killer application for the open hybrid cloud.

Here’s the elevator pitch:

This is a run at an enterprise Apache Hadoop platform integrated with open hybrid cloud technologies (Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenJDK, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, and Red Hat Storage) to produce what everyone is now calling ‘data-driven’ infrastructure solutions.

In product terms, here we find Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) combined with Red Hat Storage to allow data architects to combine data in a single, scalable open source repository.

HDP combined with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenJDK is intended to enable developers to elastically scale their Hadoop infrastructure to meet changing demand.

New data types…

HDP combined with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform produces elastic Hadoop services on a secure private cloud infrastructure to — and then HDP combined with Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization allowing developers to build new analytic applications to take advantage of new data types.

Matthew Aslett, research director, data management and analytics, 451 Research has said that Hortonworks and Red Hat are natural partners given the strong commitment to open source on both sides.

“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.”