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Hortonworks Offers Big Data Service on AWS

Having previously partnered with Microsoft to bring its Big Data offerings to the Azure cloud, Hortonworks Inc. today announced it's branching out to the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) cloud.

The company said its new Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS will provide enterprises a faster onramp for running Apache Hadoop, Spark and Hive workloads in the cloud. Now available on the AWS Marketplace, the new service will reportedly combine the most popular enterprise-grade capabilities of the company's flagship Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with AWS hourly pay-as-you-go or annual billing options.

Hortonworks provides commercialized products and services based on open source technology such as Hadoop, Spark and Hive. The company is often characterized as one of the leading distributors of enterprise data offerings leveraging such technologies, along with Cloudera Inc. and MapR Technologies Inc.

The company previously embraced cloud computing as part of its "connected data architecture" and in June named Microsoft Azure HDInsight as its Premier Connected Data Platforms cloud solution.

It's now extending its reach to the largest public cloud services provider, offering on the AWS Marketplace two components of the new offering: Hortonworks Data Cloud - Controller Service and Hortonworks Data Cloud - HDP Services.

The new Big Data solution will let developers spin up pre-configured HDP-powered Hive and Spark clusters that are tuned to integrate with existing Amazon S3 (storage), Amazon RDS (relational database service) and Amazon EC2 (compute). That will provide "a highly prescriptive experience" for working with popular use cases such as: data science and exploration; data preparation and extract, transform and load (ETL); data analytics; and reporting, the company said.

Designed to enable data scientists, developers and end users to be more productive, the data cloud will provide them with more time to concentrate on processing and deriving business insights from data rather than configuring and running data platform infrastructure, according to Hortonworks.

"Businesses' demand for real-time decision making, gaining a competitive advantage and manageable costs are fueling three primary trends in the IT industry: cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Big Data and analytics," the company said in a statement. "Hortonworks' unique connected data architecture approach addresses each trend by giving organizations the optimal footprint for agility, elasticity, cost and most importantly, drives real-time analytics. With Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS, businesses can achieve insight into data faster and with greater flexibility than was previously possible."

Next month Hortonworks will present more details in a webinar titled "How to Get Started with Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS."

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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