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Hortonworks Advances Enterprise Hadoop Innovation with Delivery of Hortonworks Data Platform 2.1

Interactive SQL Query via Stinger Initiative and Addition of Data Governance, Security, Stream Processing and Search Capabilities Highlight Release

PALO ALTO, Calif., and AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- (Hadoop Summit Europe) -- Hortonworks, the leading provider of enterprise Apache™ Hadoop®, today announced availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.1, a major step forward for the industry's only completely open enterprise Hadoop platform.

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Providing comprehensive Hadoop capabilities, HDP 2.1 delivers required enterprise functionality for data management, data access, data governance, integration, security and operations developed and delivered completely in the open. Incorporating the very latest community innovations across all Apache Hadoop projects, HDP 2.1 provides the foundational platform for organizations looking to incorporate Hadoop in a modern data architecture.

"Hortonworks remains committed to innovating and delivering a certified, stable, and completely open source enterprise Hadoop platform comprised of the most recent Apache project releases," said Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy, Hortonworks. "This HDP 2.1 release delivers a comprehensive set of enterprise Hadoop capabilities that span data management, data access, data governance, security, and operations, and our completely open source approach ensures our customers can confidently deploy a Hadoop platform that is not only built for the modern data architectures of tomorrow, but also deeply integrates with existing datacenter technologies."

Hortonworks Data Platform 2.1 release highlights include:


Interactive SQL Query In Hadoop
HDP 2.1 includes the delivery of Apache Hive 0.13. This represents completion of the final phase of the Stinger initiative, a broad community effort to deliver interactive SQL query at petabyte scale in Hadoop. This 13-month initiative resulted in over 390,000 lines of code being added to Apache Hive from 145 developers from over 45 unique organizations including Microsoft, Teradata and SAP and is a testament to the power of community-driven open source.

With the release of Apache Hive 0.13, the Stinger Initiative has delivered on its promise of: 


Speed: 100X increase in SQL query performance


Scale: interactive query at petabyte scale and across a wide range of complex queries and joins


SQL: expanded range of SQL semantics for analytic applications running in Hadoop


New Enterprise Capabilities for Data Governance and Security

HDP 2.1 delivers on two key enterprise capabilities:


Apache Falcon delivers a critical data processing framework for governing and orchestrating data flows in and around Hadoop


Apache Knox extends perimeter security for Hadoop and is fully integrated into existing frameworks such as LDAP and Active Directory to provide credential management for Hadoop


New Processing Engines for Streaming and Search

HDP 2.1 includes two new processing engines:


Apache Storm provides real-time event processing to analyze/process sensor and business activity monitoring data


Apache Solr extends Hadoop and HDP with a powerful user interface for advanced search applications and high-performance indexing and sub-second search times over billions of documents


Enhanced Management and Operations Capabilities

HDP 2.1 includes the very latest version of Apache Ambari which now supports new data access engines, provides stack extensibility and rolling restarts, and other significant operational improvements

HDP 2.1 is supported by a broad ecosystem of customers and partners, including the following strategic partners:


"Together with Hortonworks, we're contributing to Hadoop by making it faster, secure and more accessible to the enterprise. The availability of HDP 2.1 for Windows will enable enterprises to quickly and easily analyze and manage their Hadoop data to gain valuable business insights."– Eron Kelly, General Manager, SQL Server Product Marketing, Microsoft

Red Hat

"Red Hat believes a comprehensive open source community approach to the Hadoop platform can address the growing requirements of key enterprise stakeholders and their big data initiatives. Our strategic alliance with Hortonworks is focused on helping customers with efficiency and agility as they embark on big data projects. With today's delivery of Hortonworks HDP 2.1 platform, enterprises can benefit from modularity and cost effectiveness across the core of enterprise Hadoop." – Greg Kleiman, director of strategy, Storage and Big Data, Red Hat


"Data lakes are fast becoming a key component in the most effective data architectures. Hortonworks HDP 2.1 enables extremely differentiated data lake deployments." – Scott Gnau, president, Teradata Labs

HDP 2.1 is the first enterprise Hadoop platform to include comprehensive innovation across Hadoop 2 and all the related Apache projects, many of which had significant GA community releases within the last few weeks. A complete list of HDP features and enhancements can be found at:


The HDP 2.1 Technical Preview is available now at and the full Linux and Microsoft Windows releases will be available by the end of April 2014.

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Hadoop and a Modern Data Architecture:

About Hortonworks

Hortonworks develops, distributes and supports the only 100% open source Apache Hadoop data platform. Our team comprises the largest contingent of builders and architects within the Hadoop ecosystem who represent and lead the broader enterprise requirements within these communities.

The Hortonworks Data Platform provides an open platform that deeply integrates with existing IT investments and upon which enterprises can build and deploy Hadoop-based applications.

Hortonworks has deep relationships with the key strategic data center partners that enable our customers to unlock the broadest opportunities from Hadoop.

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