The idea in these open architectures is that all of the main components are abstracted to a level that allows customers to choose whatever software or hardware components best meets their needs. Perhaps legacy architectures, past technology investments, or other reasons make this choice valuable. I do think this approach requires a level of sophistication that is missing from many IT shops today. Only time will tell whether businesses are able to actually extract the advertised value.
Hortonworks’ strategy of riding its channel partners to commercial success took a seemingly big step forward on Monday with the announcement of a new strategic partnership with Red Hat(s rhat). Under the new alliance, the two companies are integrating the Hortonworks Data Platform, its suite of Hadoop tools, with various Red Hat products, including its scale-out Red Hat Storage and OpenStack cloud computing platforms.
For Hortonworks, which wants to be the Red Hat of Hadoop, the new arrangement can only be a good thing. Red Hat is the only billion-dollar open source company, and it’s expanding its footprint within enterprise data centers. The more that Hortonworks can bank on Red Hat’s goodwill and salesforce, the better. Of course, in an age of big data Red Hat needs to have a Hadoop story, as well, and Hortonworks with its partner-friendly and wholly open source approach fits the bill nicely.
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