Press Release

Pivotal Introduces World’s First Open Source-Based, Enterprise-Class Big Data Product Suite

New release of open, agile, and cloud-ready portfolio big data tackles the industry’s biggest challenges: big data fragmentation and vendor lock-in




Pivotal intends to open source core components of its big data products: Pivotal HAWQ®, Pivotal Greenplum® Database and Pivotal GemFire®.

Pivotal Big Data Suite to offer enterprises greater data agility and speedier cloud deployments.

Single subscription for big data deployments for application developers and data analysts.

Pivotal Big Data Suite to include new entitlements for Pivotal Cloud Foundry and new application services.

Strategic alliances to provide a unified and open approach for Hadoop, removing lock-in and providing a more stable and predictable Hadoop distribution.

At 11:00am PST today, Pivotal will host a live streaming event to expand on today’s news. To join, visit

San Francisco, February 17, 2015 – Pivotal, an open source pioneer, today announced a new release of Pivotal Big Data Suite, the next generation big data solution built to help customers accelerate the value they get from their big data. In an industry first, Pivotal will open source the core components of Pivotal Big Data Suite.

With over 25 years invested in development of Pivotal’s big data product portfolio and global customers across every industry, Pivotal brings forward extensive experience to now offer customers an open source choice to accelerate their data-driven applications. Core components of the Pivotal Big Data Suite – including world-leading, analytical MPP data warehouse Pivotal Greenplum, the world’s most advanced enterprise SQL on Hadoop analytic engine, Pivotal HAWQ; and the leading premium NoSQL in-memory database, Pivotal GemFire – will be, for the first time, based on an open source core. The contributions will be an open, fully functioning core that will provide mission critical resiliency, advanced client support, performance optimizations for demanding enterprise workloads and advanced operational tools.

“Pivotal Big Data Suite is a major milestone in the path to making big data truly accessible to the enterprise,” said Sundeep Madra, vice president, Data Product Group, Pivotal. “By sharing Pivotal HD, HAWQ, Greenplum Database and GemFire capabilities with the open source community, we are contributing to the market as a whole the necessary components to build solutions that make up a next generation data infrastructure. Releasing these technologies as open source projects will only help accelerate adoption and innovation for our customers.”

Delivered On an Open Cloud Platform

Customer focus has moved from storing the data to unlocking its potential—demanding a more agile way to wield their data. Pivotal Big Data Suite also offers customers an agile data solution based on open source software that can be flexibly deployed using cloud technologies.

Pivotal Big Data Suite will provide support for bare metal commodity hardware, appliance-based delivery, virtualized instances, and now public, private, and hybrid cloud support. In addition, Pivotal Cloud Foundry Operations Manager will be included to provide Pivotal Big Data Suite capabilities as services inside and with Pivotal Cloud Foundry applications.

“Internet of Things (IoT) implementations will require this type of open, agile and adaptive platform to be successful. Pivotal’s ability to combine open systems, proven technology, cloud delivery, and their expertise in agile methodologies is well matched to provide value in the evolving world of big data and IoT,” said John L Myers, Managing Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates.

Choice and Flexibility with a Single Subscription

Pivotal Big Data Suite will be the industry’s first and only suite of enterprise class big data products based on open source at their core. Barriers to big data deployments will be removed through a single flexible suite, for both application developers and data practitioners. Enterprises now have access to the flexible deployment of data lakes, powerful tools for advanced analytics and data science, as well as a portfolio of building blocks for supporting custom data-centric scale-out applications in hybrid cloud environments.

Pivotal Big Data Suite to Include New Application Services

Pivotal Big Data Suite includes several new data services:

  • (New) Pivotal Big Data Suite on Pivotal Cloud Foundry — Leverage advanced data services using applications running in the leading open cloud platform as a service.
  • (New) Spring XD — Highest scaling open source distributed framework for data ingestion, batch processing and analytic pipeline management.
  • (New) Redis — Leading scalable open source key-value store and data structure server.
  • (New) RabbitMQ — Leading scalable open source reliable message queue for applications.

Unified and Open Approach to Big Data

Responding to customer and market needs for unification in the Big Data space, Pivotal is joining forces with other data industry leaders to provide customers a stable, secure and interoperable foundation to build on.

In related announcements made today, Pivotal will be participating in the Open Data Platform to drive further collaboration and the adoption of modern, scalable data architectures by enterprises.

In addition, Pivotal announced a strategic alliance with Hortonworks to simplify the adoption of Apache™ Hadoop® by enterprises, which includes support for its advanced services like Pivotal HAWQ running on the Hortonworks Data Platform.

Supporting Quotes

Scott Yara, President, Pivotal

“We've been encouraged by the positive reception we've received from our largest customers/partners, and hope that it will represent a significant turning point for an industry that has been traditionally dominated by closed, proprietary database products.”

Joe Hellerstein, founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Trifacta

“Open sourcing Greenplum Database is great news for the industry. For the first time, there’s a serious enterprise grade, full featured, massively parallel database engine that’s available to everyone. And let’s not forget that the Greenplum codebase and APIs remain close to their roots in PostgreSQL, so a major open source community now has a clear upgrade path to Big Data. Enabling more people to get more value out of more data: that is a mission and vision we share at Trifacta.”

Rob Carpenter, Vice President of Technology & Product Architecture, CoreLogic

“Pivotal has provided great opportunities for CoreLogic. By electing to open-source core components of their data suite, Pivotal is making a strong statement to the industry on the importance of embracing community and establishing a more transparent relationship with its customers. We look forward to our growing relationship with Pivotal and are very encouraged by today's announcements.”

Paul Marushka, President, CS STARS, LLC, a Marsh company

“Pivotal has a rich history of using open source communities to foster innovation and transformative products. At CS STARS, we are working closely with Pivotal to utilize leading-edge data aggregation and analysis technology to enhance our next generation, cloud-based risk management platform and to integrate data from the many stakeholders in the risk management ecosystem.”

Gerry McCartney, System CIO and Vice President, and Oesterle Professor of Information Technology, Purdue University

“Purdue's Student Success Analytics Tool leverages a wealth of data, Pivotal big data technologies, and sophisticated data science algorithms to provide students with the support necessary for them to be successful. The next generation of this tool will have Pivotal Big Data Suite at its core and will allow us to leverage even more sources of information to engage and now identify students with an interest and talent in engineering for recruitment. We’re very excited to watch this next chapter with Pivotal unfold.”

Steve Jones, Global VP of Big Data, Capgemini

“When Capgemini and Pivotal created the Business Data Lake a core message was the importance of flexibility in the types of analytics that Businesses needed. With these Open Source announcements we see increased flexibility for our clients as they transform towards Insight driven business models. Pivotal’s ability to offer ANSI compliant SQL on Hadoop and in-memory analytics and flex the approach based on demand is a key when focusing on outcomes not technologies.”

Amit Walia, Senior Vice President, Data Integration and Data Security Group, Informatica

“Informatica has long believed in the importance of reducing the barriers to getting value of data. And today’s decision by Pivotal to open-source its database technologies is the next step forward in the industry because it will increase momentum in the big data ecosystem and contribute to greater choice in the industry. Together our two companies will continue to work closely to deliver comprehensive data management solutions to the market.”

Supporting Blogs

  • Pivotal’s Michael Cucchi “Pivotal Big Data Suite: Open. Agile. Cloud Ready”
  • Pivotal’s Scott Yara “Why The Open Data Platform Is Such A Big Deal For Big Data”
  • 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”
  • Informatica’s Scott Hedrick “Informatica and Pivotal Delivering Great Data to Customers”

Supporting Press Releases

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.


Michael Lee
Media Relations

Rita Manachi
Analyst Relations