Hortonworks Data Platform Review

It allows us to provide our customers with data insights that they previously were unable to obtain, but the governance initiatives are far from production ready.


What is most valuable?

Its ability to scale out seamlessly with little to no effort is very valuable to us. All the tools in the stack are built from the ground up to support massive amounts of data.

How has it helped my organization?

It allows us to provide our customers with data insights that they previously were unable to obtain.

What needs improvement?

There have been some governance initiatives, but they are far from production ready. I would like to see a big improvement in that space, as governance is critical in many regulated industries.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using it for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is good if configured properly, but for some tools such as for instance HBase, configuration is extremely hard to get right.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is superb.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I never interacted with customer support.

Technical Support:

Cloudera and vanilla Big Data tech. We continue to use them alongside HortonWorks, depending on our clients preferences and needs.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Cloudera and vanilla Big Data tech. We continue to use them alongside Hortonworks, depending on our clients preferences and needs.

How was the initial setup?

With Ambari, it is pretty straightforward, but I have no idea why they prefer FQDN over IP.

What about the implementation team?

My colleagues and I are the implementation team. The general advice is to start out with a small enough scope. Try to get an MVP up and running before bringing out the big guns./

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is on a per node basis and it encourages people to scale vertically rather than horizontally yet the whole purpose of the tools they sell is to scale horizontally. I do like that everything is also available freely for those that do not require support.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you understand what happens under the hood. Out-of-the-box tools are sub-par. Customisation is the way to go for now.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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