Hortonworks Data Platform Review

It is improving rapidly, but like other flavors of Hadoop there is room for improvement.


Valuable Features

  • Ambari
  • Hive
  • Sqoop
  • Flume
  • Spark

Improvements to My Organization

The Hadoop value proposition is in expanded functionality, linear scalability, and reduced software and infrastructure costs. Hadoop offers several generic frameworks for batch, real-time, and iterative processing, such as map-reduce, spark, and spark streaming. Additionally, these frameworks provide libraries for predictive analytics and machine learning. This type of expanded functionality is not easily achieved on any other single platform.

Room for Improvement

File system to provide indexed access to individual records with in-place update/delete. Also, Security integration through a common interface for authentication, authorization, disk encryption, network encryption, data access layer, data masking, etc.

Hadoop, does not provide improved performance, compared to traditional RDBMS, unless processing batches in the TB-PB range, or if the Hadoop platform has significantly more resources available.

Use of Solution

I have implemented various flavors of Hadoop over the past five years, including platform configuration and application development.

Deployment Issues

Deployment is improving rapidly, but like other flavors of Hadoop there are always issues.

Stability Issues

Stability is improving rapidly, but like other flavors of Hadoop there are always issues.

Customer Service and Technical Support

5/10 - Responsive, but like all flavors of Hadoop, there are too many tickets to be reasonably triaged and supported.

Previous Solutions

I have implemented various flavors of Hadoop such as Hortonworks and Cloudera over the past five years, including platform configuration and application development.

Initial Setup

Straightforward once you know what you’re doing.

Implementation Team

I work for a vendor team.

ROI

ROI is one of the main reasons organization pursue Hadoop. Cost per TB is a compelling factor.

Other Solutions Considered

Hadoop is complex. It takes a dedicated approach from individuals with a broad range of technology skills and commitment to overcome challenges that do not normally present themselves in well-established technologies.

Other Advice

Hadoop is complex. It takes a dedicated approach from individuals with a broad range of technology skills and commitment to overcome challenges that do not normally present themselves in well-established technologies.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We're partners.
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