Hortonworks expands certification program, looks to accelerate enterprise Hadoop adoption

The Palo Alto-based company says the new certifications support key capabilities required of an enterprise data platform.

Fresh off of its Wall Street debut, open-source Hadoop purveyor Hortonworks has extended its technology partner program with the addition of three new certifications.

The Palo Alto-based company says the new certifications are aimed at accelerating Hadoop adoption in the enterprise - which is obviously where Hortonworks is focused in terms of future growth - by supporting key capabilities required of an enterprise data platform.

According to Hortonworks, those keys resulted in the HDP Operations Ready, HDP Security Ready and HDP Governance Ready certifications.

The operations certification focuses on integration with Apache Ambari for the provisioning and monitoring of Hadoop clusters.

The security certification is designed to work with the Apache Knox gateway and Apache Ranger for comprehensive security integration and centralized management.

As for the governance certification, it's designed to assure that data is integrated into the platform as described by the Apache Falcon data workflow engine.

Looking at the bigger picture, it's clear that relationships with partners and independent software vendors have been central to Hortonworks' strategy, and that includes the Hortonworks Certified Technology Program. ISVs use the program to integrate Hortonworks' Apache Hadoop platform with their own applications.

"The certifications are really representative of the larger, continued investment in partners and ISVs," explained John Kreisa, the VP of strategic marketing for Hortonworks. "This is the deepest certification program on the market. No one else offers this functionality to ISVs. It is something we are quite proud of and that we work on to differentiate ourselves in the market."

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