Red Hat and Hortonworks hook up for Hadoop

Hortonworks courts Red Hat's user base, while Red Hat extends its data virtualization product to Hadoop

Red Hat and Hortonworks have vowed to work together to make it easier to run Hortonwork's Hadoop Data Platform (HDP) with Red Hat's JBoss set of middleware, and other Red Hat enterprise software.

"The alliance will bring enterprise Apache Hadoop to a much wider audience that is very familiar with Red Hat and [Red Hat] JBoss technologies," said Shaun Connolly, Hortonworks vice president of corporate strategy.

Specifically, the companies will work on improving integration between the two companies' technologies, making it easier for administrators to connect the software.

They have already released a beta of a plug-in for running HDP on Red Hat Storage Server. When used together, the two products can provide a general-purpose storage pool with multiple interfaces, including Hadoop, POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) and OpenStack Object Storage.

"We see customer sites where they want to be able to run Hadoop workloads against data in Red Hat Storage," said Greg Kleinman, Red hat director of strategy for storage and big data.

Red Hat has also updated the JBoss Data Virtualization data federation product -- version 6 was released on Tuesday -- so it can ingest Hadoop data from HDP. This paring will allow Hadoop data to be accessible alongside other enterprise data sources, such as data from an enterprise data warehouse and a SQL database.

JBoss Data Virtualization is now able to "combine all that data into a single model, and present that up to applications that can run analytics across all the data," Kleinman said.

Over time, other JBoss technologies will be integrated with HDP, including the JBoss Business Rules Management System, JBoss AM-Q messaging software, and the JBoss Data Grid. Red Hat has already seen some of its enterprise customers use all these technologies in tandem with Hadoop, Kleinman said.

Of all the Hadoop distributors, Hortonworks "was the most aligned with the Red Hat approach," Kleinman said, noting that Hortonworks is the only major Hadoop distributor whose products are all open source. Over time, Red Hat may forge partnerships with other Hadoop distributors, however.

About 32 percent of enterprises currently use Hadoop, and another 31 percent plan to use the technology this year, according to an August 2013 IDC study commissioned by Red Hat.

In other Hadoop news, Map-R Technologies has updated its own Hadoop distribution, so it includes version 2.2 of Hadoop and Hadoop's new, more flexible scheduler YARN (Yet Another Resource Negotiator).

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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