Open Data Platform initiative to drive Apache Hadoop

New industry body to develop Apache Hadoop ecosystem for enterprise big data

Tags: Big dataGeneral ElectricHortonworks (www.hortonworks.com)IBM (www.ibm.com)Infosys TechnologiesSAS
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Open Data Platform initiative to drive Apache Hadoop The ODP will work to develop the Apache Hadoop ecosystem to make it easier for enterprises to adopt big data solutions.
By  Mark Sutton Published  February 19, 2015

A group of vendors, systems integrators and end users have announced the formation of the Open Data Platform (ODP) initiative, which will focus on developing the open source ecosystem around Apache Hadoop.

The ODP is intended to increase enterprise adoption of Apache Hadoop and big data.

Platinum members companies include GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, and SAS; while Gold members are Altiscale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Teradata, and VMware.

The Open Data Platform will promote big data technologies based on open source software from the Apache Hadoop ecosystem and optimise testing among and across the ecosystem's vendors. These efforts will accelerate the ability of enterprises to build or implement data-driven applications.

As off-the-shelf big data technologies continue to attract the interest of enterprises, these leaders are coming together to help maximize big data adoption and productivity. Companies in the Open Data Platform initiative will concentrate their efforts first on developing and using offerings focused on core Apache Hadoop use cases. The Open Data Platform will provide access to a tested reference core of Apache Hadoop, Apache Ambari and related Apache source artifacts, which will simplify upstream and downstream qualification efforts - to create a ‘test once, use everywhere' core platform.

The ODP will work directly with specific Apache projects, adhering to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) guidelines for the contribution of ideas and code. A key benefit of the ODP will be for members to collaborate across various Apache projects as well as other open source-licensed big data projects with a goal toward meeting enterprise class requirements. The ODP is expected to promote a set of standard open source technologies and versions that will increase compatibility among big data solutions and simplify the process for applications and tools to integrate with and run on any compliant system.

Shaun Connolly, vice president of corporate strategy, Hortonworks commented: "The best way to accelerate innovation and adoption of platform technologies like Hadoop is through an open source model. The Open Data Platform initiative will rally both enterprise end users and vendors around a well-defined common core platform against which big data solutions can be qualified. This will free up the broader big data ecosystem to focus on data-driven applications that deliver proactive insights for businesses."

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