|[October 24, 2013]
Actian Teams with Hortonworks to Deliver Reference Architecture that Addresses Most Vexing Hadoop Challenges for Enterprises
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
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 maturit 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
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.
About Actian: Take Action on Big Data
Actian powers the action-driven enterprise in the Age of Data,
delivering rapid time to analytic value with a modular approach that
connects data assets behind the scenes, enables unconstrained analytics
and scales almost without limits. The Actian DataCloud integration and
ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms help organizations leverage data
assets for competitive advantage, delivering highly parallelized
software that fully exploits modern chip, core and cluster
infrastructures. Actian serves tens of thousands of users worldwide and
is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. with offices in Austin, New
York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, New Delhi and Melbourne. Stay
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