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April 15, 2015

Open Data Platform members align hadoop platforms

Standardisation for Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal.

By James Nunns

Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal have announced that they have aligned their Hadoop platforms on the Open Data Platform core of Apache Hadoop 2.6.

The move is a big step for the ODP initiative as its proponents say they are looking to simplify the adoption of Apache Hadoop for the enterprise.

The Hortonworks Data Platform 2.2, IBM Open Platform 4.0 and Pivotal 3.0 are all based on the common ODP core and are all available in the market today.

This alignment should see that compatibility issues are alleviated, as well as easing the burden of testing and validation for customers.

Shaun Connolly, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Hortonworks, said: "Aligning around a common core of Apache Hadoop means tearing down complexity and building interoperability across the Hadoop ecosystem. We are pleased that less than 60 days after its creation, ODP is driving industry standardization among Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal platforms."

"Improving the downstream consumption of Apache Hadoop will allow for faster innovation and ultimately accelerate the growth of this market."

The benefits of the ODP will see users with an increased choice of big data applications and solutions in the ever growing ODP ecosystem.

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Anjul Bhambhri, Vice President of IBM Analytics Platform, IBM, said: "IBM is a long time open source leader and community participant. The Open Data Platform continues this heritage by ensuring a strong foundation for the future of Hadoop."

"As a founding member, IBM is taking a central role to ensure a high degree of compatibility with its portfolio of products including SPSS, Cognos, and BigInsights as well as an expanding ecosystem of Hadoop partners."

"IBM Open Platform 4.0 is part of the next generation heterogeneous computing platform to embed analytics everywhere."

Scott Yara, President of Pivotal has said he hopes Hortonworks key rival and fellow Hadoop developer Cloudera will join the ODP.

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