The two companies will integrate engineering strategies, collaborate on sales and make it easier for HP customers to adopt Hortonworks. In a nutshell, Hortonworks will be the Hadoop portion of HP's HAVEn platform. HP will also certify its Vertica applications with Apache Hadoop YARN, which is the centerpiece of the next version of Hadoop.
Vertica is one of HP's fastest growing businesses.
Here's how this stack would fit together.
For Hortonworks, HP gives it a massive sales channel and builds on a 2013 reseller deal. HP gets Hadoop expertise as well as integration with a company that would make a logical acquisition at some point.
In addition, HP said CTO Martin Fink will sit on Hortonworks board of directors.