Actian Teams with Hortonworks to Deliver Reference Architecture that Addresses Most Vexing Hadoop Challenges for Enterprises

Sand Hill research pinpoints Hadoop adoption hurdles at each phase of maturity cycle

Redwood City, Calif. – October 24, 2013 Actian Corporation (“Actian”), a next-generation leader in big data analytics, has further integrated its ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform on the Hortonworks Data Platform to address top Hadoop adoption hurdles of data extraction challenges, design-time friction and poor run-time performance.

The deep integration of Actian’s ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform on the Hortonworks Data Platform enables high-performance analytics without constraints, simplifies the delivery of data services for entire ecosystems of users, and significantly lowers the total cost of ownership for the modern data platform. By utilizing the new Hortonworks/Actian reference architecture, users can experience quicker time to analytic value by:

  • Easily moving data to and from Hadoop: Users can easily extract data from Hadoop and enrich it seamlessly from within the ParAccel Platform.
  • Eliminating design-time friction: ParAccel Dataflow’s easy-to-use drag-and-drop development capabilities negate the need for complex MapReduce coding or parallel programming.
  • Improving performance: Actian is Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 and YARN certified, giving users the ability to leverage ParAccel Dataflow for the enhanced performance of pipeline parallelism alongside their existing MapReduce jobs.

Sand Hill Group recently surveyed Hadoop users, primarily data architects and CIOs, to assess their level of maturity in Hadoop adoption and the top challenges they face. For 46.7 percent of respondents, the top challenge was knowledge and experience with the Hadoop platform, while 20.7 percent cited availability of Hadoop and Big Data skills and 6.7 percent struggled with the amount of technology development and engineering required to implement a Hadoop-based solution. Actian’s and Hortonworks’ joint reference architecture tackles these key challenges head-on.

“Hadoop is the clear winner for enterprises that seek to drive transformational, actionable business insights from their big data,” said Mike Hoskins, chief technology officer of Actian Corporation. “For all its power, Hadoop still presents significant barriers to enterprise-scale adoption. The combined Actian-Hortonworks solution overcomes challenges around MapReduce skills shortages, design-time friction and run-time performance to elevate Hadoop to true enterprise readiness. Actian has many global clients delivering groundbreaking big data projects. For nearly all of these, Hadoop is a central building block. The collaboration between Hortonworks and Actian provides a huge boost for performance, productivity and access to rich big data functionality, which helps increase adoption of Hadoop. For our mutual customers it boils down to faster time to value – in the end, that’s what really counts.”

“We have collaborated closely with Actian on the reference architecture for the ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform and the Hortonworks Data Platform,” said Ari Zilka, chief technology officer of Hortonworks. “When used together, these products allow users to rapidly and effectively deploy high-performance Hadoop applications for scenarios ranging from archiving, ETL and operational applications to advanced analytics, including predictive analytics. By working together we are excited to help forward-thinking architects and CIOs successfully design and implement incredibly high-performing, hard-hitting big data applications with proven best practices, robust and secure architecture, and unmatched technology capabilities.”

“Design and implementation of next-generation big data integration processes can be a daunting leap for BI professionals who are used to classic ETL technology,” said Steve Miller, president and co-founder of OpenBI. “Actian’s approach – providing a visual data programming technology that executes natively in cluster – will increase productivity while opening up big data analytics programming to a much broader set of professionals.”

“Our research findings offer compelling insights into friction points on the march to harnessing Hadoop to unlock big data analytics value for the enterprise,” says M.R. Rangaswami, co-founder and managing director of Sand Hill Group. ‘With more than 35 percent of respondents indicating that the results of their Hadoop/Big Data initiatives were less than they expected, the market is ripe for more easy-to-use, easy-to-implement solutions on Hadoop such as Actian’s analytics and ETL offerings.”

Hoskins and Zilka will jointly present at Strata + Hadoop World 2013 on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. EDT. In addition, both Actian and Hortonworks will provide hands-on demonstrations of the reference architecture at their Strata booths, #108 and #306, respectively.

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