Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2 Sharpens Focus on Enterprise Needs

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 16, 2014

As the Strata Conference kicked off this week, Hortonworks announced its HDP 2.2 platform with general availability next month. HDP version 2.2 lets organizations adopt a modern data architecture with Hadoop YARN at the core.

Hortonworks has stayed focused on delivering an open source data platform with no proprietary extensions. In all, HDP 2.2 comprises more than 100 new and advanced features that integrate with YARN and allow organizations to simultaneously utilize batch, interactive and real-time methods to interact with a single set of data stored within Hadoop. 

The core new functionalities of HDP 2.2 include:

•       Enterprise-Ready Spark on YARN for data science
•       Apache Kafka for processing data from the “Internet of Things”

Enterprise SQL at Hadoop scale with Stinger.next
·         Updated SQL semantics for ACID transactions in Apache Hive
·         Improved SQL query performance with cost based optimizer
·         ORC file compression presents storage efficiencies

Apache Argus for centralized security administration and policy enforcement
•       Integration with Storm and Knox
•       Ability to enforce policy with Hive and HBase

Extensive management and monitoring improvements
•       100% uptime target with cluster rolling upgrades
•       Ambari Views for custom visualization
•       Ambari Blueprints to deliver template cluster deployment

Improvements for business continuity
•       Automated cluster backup to the cloud for Microsoft Azure and Amazon S3

•       Ensuring cluster uptime with rolling upgrades

What was really notable about Hortonworks' announcement was that the company is working with very heavy-hitting partners and customers.

“This year we extended our strategic partnership with Hortonworks to help our joint customers get greater value from their investments in Hadoop by providing deeper integration with our market leading products such as the Vertica Analytics platform and other HP products and services,” said Colin Mahony, senior vice president and general manager, HP Software Big Data, in a statment. “We are very excited about the launch of HDP 2.2 as Hadoop is a key part of the HP HAVEn big data strategy.”

“For the past few years, Microsoft has worked closely with Hortonworks to contribute back to the Hadoop community and bring Hadoop to Microsoft Azure through HDInsight and Windows Server with HDP,” said T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform at Microsoft, in a statement. “The introduction of HDP 2.2 gives customers even more deployment options including the ability to automatically replicate their on premise data in the Azure cloud or to spin up a HDP cluster as a multi-node virtual machine. We’re pleased to be Hortonworks’ preferred cloud provider, and we look forward to helping customers solve their big data challenges.”

“Our alliance with Hortonworks is based on our shared belief that open source innovation is the best approach for enabling Hadoop in the enterprise,” said Greg Kleiman, director of strategy, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat. “By tightly integrating Red Hat solutions with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2, we can offer our customers speed and agility in building open hybrid cloud solutions for running their new data life cycle on Hadoop. We are excited to push the envelope with Hortonworks to help enterprises realize the possibilities of next generation big data applications.” 

Even SAP is tightly integrating its strategy with Hadoop and Hortonworks. “As a market leader in enterprise application software, we’re constantly looking for and developing solutions that will help our enterprise customers run their business simple,” said Prasad Illapani, Director, SAP HANA-Big Data PM & Strategy, SAP Labs LLC. “By reselling and integrating with the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2, our customers have the option of combining the power of SAP HANA Platform with enterprise Hadoop Distributions, such as Hortonworks’ open source offering, to achieve infinite storage scalability and data exploration. Our technologies enable the modern data architecture with both real-time responsiveness and deep data insights.”

An HDP 2.2 preview is available today for download at Hortonworks.com/hdp and general availability to customers will be in November 2014. A complete list of HDP features and enhancements can be found at: http://hortonworks.com/products/hdp/