Red Hat forges Hortonworks engineering pact, ties storage into OpenStack

Red Hat and Hortonworks aim to integrate products to boost the use of Apache Hadoop.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor on

Red Hat on Thursday outlined a engineering partnership with Hortonworks to collaborate on enabling more storage file systems to work with Apache Hadoop.


To that end, Hortonworks Data Platform and Red Hat Storage will be integrated. In a nutshell, the integration allows Hadoop to run directly on a POSIX-compliant storage node. POSIX, or Portable Operating System Interface, is a set of standards to maintain compatibility between operating systems. 

Hortonworks and Red Hat said they will focus initial efforts on the Apache Ambari project, which revolves around monitoring and managing Hadoop with storage systems. The idea around Ambari is to provision, deploy and monitor file systems.

The two companies added that they will create test suites to validate compatibility between Hadoop and alternative file systems. These templates will be contributed to the open source community.

Separately, Red Hat said that it has integrated Red Hat Storage and its OpenStack based cloud OS distribution. The aim is to unify storage services such as block and object storage and image services with OpenStack so enterprise customers can get support from Red Hat.

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