Press Release

Pivotal and Hortonworks Join Forces on Apache Hadoop®

Big data pioneers strike industry-first alliance to bring together assets and expertise to simplify the adoption of Apache Hadoop® by enterprises



San Francisco, February 17, 2015 – Coming on the heels of the newly announced Open Data Platform Initiative (ODP), which includes Platinum level founding members Pivotal® and Hortonworks, the two companies today announced a unified approach to meeting enterprise data management and analytics needs through a strategic and commercial alliance. Pivotal and Hortonworks will focus their efforts around a consistent core of Apache™ Hadoop®-based capabilities, including product integrations, joint engineering and production support. This strategic alignment marks a concerted strategy by both companies to leverage core competencies to maximize the benefits to their enterprise customers and partners.

The strategic partnership marries Pivotal’s best-in-class SQL on Hadoop, analytical database and NoSQL in-memory technologies, with Hortonworks’ best-in class expertise and support for Hadoop. The Pivotal/Hortonworks alliance includes the following:

  • Pivotal and Hortonworks will align engineering teams to accelerate the enterprise capabilities of Apache Hadoop® with Pivotal technologies, including HAWQ® and Pivotal GemFire®.
  • Pivotal and Hortonworks will provide all available advanced services in the Pivotal Big Data Suite on the Hortonworks Data Platform. Beginning with the market leading SQL on Hadoop solution, HAWQ. This delivers the world's best SQL on Hadoop to Hortonworks customers for advanced analytics.
  • Hortonworks will provide escalation level support for Pivotal HD 3, Pivotal’s Apache Hadoop Distribution.

Supporting Quotes

Sundeep Madra, Vice President of Data and Mobile Product Group, Pivotal

“Pivotal and Hortonworks are both shaping a new data infrastructure through open source technology. Our partnership with Hortonworks maintains the speed and flexibility of open source, while bringing world-class, modern data analytics and services vital to enterprises. Most importantly, the move away from fragmentation to a unified approach for a common Hadoop core will help remove key barriers to the widespread enterprise adoption of Apache Hadoop.”

Shaun Connolly, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Hortonworks

“Pivotal is joining Hortonworks in our belief that the best way to deliver infrastructure platform technology today is completely in open source. Moreover, we believe that collaborative open source software development under the governance model of an entity like the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is the best way to accelerate innovation that targets enterprise end users since it brings the largest number of developers together in a way that enables innovation to happen far faster than any single vendor could achieve and in a way that is free of friction for the enterprise.”

Supporting Blogs

  • Pivotal’s Gavin Sherry “Pivotal Aligns With Hortonworks To Give Big Data A Big Boost”
  • Hortonworks’ Shaun Connolly “Pivotal and Hortonworks Join Forces on Hadoop”
  • Pivotal’s Scott Yara “Why The Open Data Platform Is Such A Big Deal For Big Data”
  • Pivotal: “Strengthening Apache Hadoop in the Enterprise with Apache Ambari”
  • Hortonworks: “Pivotal, Hortonworks, and a Shared Vision of Operations for Enterprise Hadoop”

Related Press Releases

  • Technology Leaders Unite Around ‘Open Data Platform’ to Increase Enterprise Adoption of Hadoop and Big Data
  • Pivotal Introduces World’s First Open Source-based, Enterprise-Class Big Data Product Suite

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.

About Pivotal

Pivotal’s Cloud-Native platform drives software innovation for many of the world’s most admired brands. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal technology touches billions of users every day. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley's most valuable companies for over a decade, today Pivotal leads a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software.


Mike Haro
Corporate Communications

Michael Lee
Pivotal Media Relations

Rita Manachi
Pivotal Analyst Relations

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