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Hortonworks DataPlane Service Enables the Modern Data Architecture

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Big data has changed significantly in the last several years. In the not-so-distant past, big data was all about moving data to an analysis platform to mine it for insights that could provide advantage. Just collecting all of that data, managing it and analyzing it retrospectively was enough to give you an edge. But today, everyone has lots of data. Now, the difference comes from connecting the dots within the data and delivering those insights as close to the point of engagement as possible.

Moreover, as data has proliferated and as organizations demand insights in real-time, the notion that they can somehow collect it in a single source has proven farcical. As a result, they need a way to act on data regardless of its source or location and whether it is at rest or in motion — moving the analytics process to wherever the data may be. Hortonworks calls this the modern data architecture  — and it believes that its DataPlane service can help organizations create and manage it.

The company’s solution enables organizations to connect the platform to multiple data sources, globally manage their consolidated data architecture and apply security policies to it no matter where the data is and whether it is at rest or in motion. In addition, the solution has an extensible services layer that enables them to do things like manage the data lifecycle and curate, govern and manage data across clusters using their own or third-party services to do so.

The company further believes that its continuing commitment to open source gives it a competitive advantage in the market. It feels that as data continues to proliferate across multiple clusters and multiple tiers, proprietary data management models break down. Therefore, according to the company, the only way that organizations can manage the modern data architecture effectively is with an open source model.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).