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How the Hortonworks/Cloudera merger shifts the Hadoop landscape

How the Hortonworks/Cloudera merger shifts the Hadoop landscape

The Hadoop landscape looks a little different after Cloudera and Hortonworks’ recent announcement of a $5.2 billion merger.

According to the Hortonworks press release, “the combination establishes the industry standard for hybrid cloud data management, accelerating customer adoption, community development and partner engagement.” News outlets are already buzzing about the possibilities as seen in this CNBC video.As with all mergers, it will take time. The merger’s completion is slated for the first quarter of 2019 and, in the interim, the companies will continue to operate as two separate entities.

For many, the announcement was unexpected, as the two businesses had a rather public rivalry for years, but when you consider that cloud has been slowly encroaching on the Hadoop space, and both Hortonworks and Cloudera have had challenging revenue numbers, it starts to make sense.

Hortonworks and Cloudera have much in common, with both companies focusing on offering their own secure Apache Hadoop distribution.

In doing so, they have simplified the process of making use of Hadoop, which in its native form is not easy to use and lacks the features and functionality that larger enterprise companies require.

Both Cloudera and Hortonworks are market leaders in the Hadoop space. Hortonworks targets big data technologies and end-to-end data management, while Cloudera has focused more on data warehousing and machine learning. Having these combined capabilities will serve to broaden and strengthen the newly integrated portfolio of products, services and solutions.The merger is also good news for IBM. Over the past 10 years, Hortonworks and Cloudera have shaped the market for big data and analytics, and they will continue to do so. The existing IBM partnership with Hortonworks will extend to the newly merged company and the Hortonworks contract will ensure clients’ current investments are supported.

The addition of Cloudera will only improve the IBM and Hortonworks partnership, the success of which has already resulted being named Hortonworks Partner of the Year.