(NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, today announced a strategic agreement with Hortonworks, a leader in Apache Hadoop development, implementation, support, operations and training, to empower customers with an enterprise-ready Hadoop platform that is easy to use in the Cloud. Together, Rackspace and Hortonworks will focus on eliminating the complexities and time-consuming, manual processes that are required today for implementing a Big Data solution. The joint effort will pursue an OpenStack-based Hadoop solution for the public and private cloud, which can easily be deployed in minutes.
According to a recent Gartner report, Big Data will drive $232 billion in IT spending through 2016. Big Data is enabling organizations to store, process and analyze very large sets of both structured and unstructured data in ways that were not possible or practical until now. However, implementing a Big Data solution can be complicated and typically requires a large investment in infrastructure, as well as specialized skills and tools that most organizations do not possess.
“Running Hadoop on your own is complex, which is why we’re excited about our development efforts with Hortonworks. We believe Hortonworks as a collaborator brings a substantial advantage in technology, services and experience that will clearly benefit customers,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. “We have customers today that deploy Hadoop clusters on dedicated hardware at Rackspace with support from Hortonworks. By joining forces, we intend to turn Hadoop into an on-demand service running on the Rackspace open cloud and in clusters on private cloud infrastructure in our data centers or the customer’s data center. The Hortonworks Data Platform packages the open source Apache version of Hadoop. That aligns with our vision of an open cloud future that eliminates fear of vendor lock-in, and allows customers to confidently invest in a technology for the long term.”