Hortonworks, the leading contributor to and provider of enterprise Apache Hadoop, today announced an expansion of the Hortonworks Certified Technology Program. There has been tremendous momentum with 100’s of vendors in the certification program. Additionally, since its introduction just six months ago we’ve seen more than 70 technologies become HDP YARN Ready. Building on the success, the program now includes certification for key capabilities of operations, security and governance focused tools and applications supporting the growth of enterprise Hadoop and ecosystem integration.  The new enterprise components of the certification program, called HDP Operations Ready, HDP Security Ready and HDP Governance Ready, enable organizations to adopt a modern data architecture with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), supported by key enterprise Hadoop capabilities required of an enterprise data platform.

The expanded Hortonworks Certified Technology Program is designed to address the breadth and depth of capabilities available to integrate with and accelerate the growth of a vibrant Apache Hadoop ecosystem. ISVs can now more precisely integrate Hortonworks’ 100-percent open source Apache Hadoop platform with their applications.

Key aspects of the new certification program components include:
•    HDP Operations Ready: Delivers assurance to manage and run applications on HDP from an operational perspective.  Specifically, integrates with Apache Ambari, using Ambari as a client to an enterprise management system, integrating Ambari-managed Hadoop components via Ambari Stacks, or providing tailored user tools with Ambari Views.
•    HDP Security Ready: Delivers tested and validated integration with security-related components of the platform.  Beyond the ability to work in a Kerberos-enabled cluster, it is also designed to work with the Apache Knox gateway and Apache Ranger for comprehensive security integration and centralized management.
•    HDP Governance Ready: Provides assurance that data is integrated into the platform via automated and managed data pipelines as described and facilitated by the Apache Falcon data workflow engine.

“By offering one of the most comprehensive certification programs in the market, our technology partners are better enabled to help drive the modernization of enterprise data architectures,” said Tim Hall, vice president of product management at Hortonworks. “Our program gives vendors extremely valuable guidance and integration tools for the ecosystem and allows customers to be assured of an ecosystem that integrates well.”

“Our partnership with Hortonworks enhances the customer value of the HP Haven platform,” said Chris Selland, Vice President, HP Software Big Data Business Group, at HP. “HP is proud to be a key member of the Hortonworks Certification program, as our organizations work together to provide comprehensive capabilities for our joint customers, and drive successful enterprise Big Data projects with speed and confidence.”

“Selecting certified technologies is important to us because it ensures interoperability with next-gen data architectures,” said Mike Peterson, vice president, Platforms and Data Architecture at Neustar. “We support the Hortonworks Certified Technology Program and are pleased that key enterprise requirements we look for such as operations, security and governance have been added to the program.”