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Hortonworks to Acquire SequenceIQ to Speed Hadoop Deployments into the Cloud

Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SequenceIQ, an open source provider of rapid deployment tools for Hadoop, to deliver a consistent and automated solution for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters in the cloud or to any environment that supports Docker containers. The transaction is expected to close in Q2. Upon close, Hortonworks will immediately begin incorporating SequenceIQ technology into the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and ultimately transition the technology to the Apache Software Foundation.

As enterprises increasingly adopt Hadoop as the foundation of their centralized data architectures, there is a growing need to simplify and better control the deployment of new Hadoop clusters. SequenceIQ allows organizations to deploy secure and elastic HDP clusters in a consistent manner across the entire analytics application lifecycle. Simple set up will now allow customers to launch HDP into any major cloud platform, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack. SequenceIQ also optimizes these deployments via policy-based autoscaling that expands and contracts clusters based upon actual usage metrics.

Founded in February 2014, SequenceIQ has developed innovative products such as Cloudbreak, an elastic and cloud agnostic deployment solution for HDP clusters, and Periscope, which provides policy-based autoscaling for multi-tenant HDP clusters. The company has deep experience contributing to existing Apache Software Foundation projects and innovating within the open source community, best exemplified by the seamless integration of Cloudbreak and Periscope with Apache Ambari and Apache Hadoop YARN.

Hortonworks will host a webinar on May 19 at 10:00 a.m. PT to provide an overview of Cloudbreak and Periscope, including an update on the latest features and road ahead. To register for the webinar, please visit

"The SequenceIQ team has developed key tools that allow enterprises to efficiently automate the launching of Hadoop clusters on any cloud infrastructure platform across the entire lifecycle, from proof-of-concept to development, test and production," said Rob Bearden, chief executive officer of Hortonworks. "This acquisition complements our strategy of providing enterprise customers the broadest choice of consumption options for Hortonworks Data Platform, from on-premise deployments to cloud architectures."

"SequenceIQ and Hortonworks are aligned on providing customers an automated method for launching on-demand Hadoop clusters with policy-based autoscaling across public or private clouds within minutes," said Janos Matyas, co-founder and chief technology officer of SequenceIQ. "We are excited to be joining the Hortonworks team to deliver on this vision and look forward continuing our work within the open source community."

"Enabling flexible and rapid deployment of Apache Hadoop to leading cloud infrastructures such as Microsoft Azure solves an important big data business requirement for the enterprise," said Tiffany Wissner, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Data Platform. "The SequenceIQ technology enables quick and easy cloud deployments for operators on both Windows and Linux virtual machines, allowing them to take advantage of scale out cloud ‚Äčservices like HDInsight, Azure ML and PowerBI." 
Published Monday, April 13, 2015 6:41 PM by David Marshall
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