HP invests £30m into Hortonworks to strengthen partnership

By Sooraj Shah
28 Jul 2014 View Comments

HP has made a $50m (£30m) equity investment into Hortonworks as the companies look to integrate their technologies and strengthen their partnership.

The commitment from HP will see the Hortonworks Data Platform integrated with the HP HAVEn big data platform. Hortonworks hopes this will help accelerate the adoption of Enterprise Apache Hadoop.

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HP and Hortonworks claim that they will integrate their engineering strategies. As well as enabling HP customers to deploy the Hortonworks Data Platform as the Hadoop element of HP HAVEn, HP is also working to certify HP Vertica with Apache Hadoop YARN.

Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks, said that the company is "extremely pleased" to work more closely with HP, claiming that HP customers will now be able to easily build their next-generation of applications with the Hortonworks Data Platform.

Colin Mahony, general manager of HP Vertica, suggested that Hortonworks had demonstrated "outstanding dedication and expertise in addressing the business and technology needs of its customers" within a new era where information and data has become critical.

The strengthened relationship between the vendors will see HP's executive vice president and CTO Martin Fink join Hortonworks' board of directors. At HP, Fink had been involved with anticipating IT trends, HP's cloud strategy and HP's open source and Linux strategies. He has worked at HP for nearly 30 years.

"Our partnership with Hortonworks exemplifies HP's longstanding commitment to open source technology for the enterprise," he said.

"I'm excited to be able to partner with the Hortonworks leadership team to help them deliver flexible, tailored, open solutions to customers on the industry's most powerful big data platform," he added.

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