Hortonworks marks Hadoop 2.0 for Windows as GA

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Hortonworks has announced general availability of Hadoop 2.0 for Windows – three months after it did for the Linux operating system.

Hadoop 2.0 along with its YARN component allows organisations to use Big Data technology on petabyte-scale databases without having to rely on batch-oriented MapReduce algorithm. Hortonworks VP of Strategic Marketing, John Kreisa revealed that HDP 2 for Windows is the only Hadoop 2.0-based distribution that is certified to run on Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2 production servers.

“With this release, the latest in community innovation on Apache Hadoop is now available across all major Operating Systems”, announced Kreisa. “HDP 2.0 provides Hadoop coverage for more than 99% of the enterprises in the world, offering the most flexible deployment options from On-Premise to a variety of cloud solutions.”

Kreisa noted that with Hadoop 2.0 for Windows is a true multi-use data platform as it brings with it Hadoop YARN enabling users to interact with all data in both real time as well as batch processing. Kreisa notes that developers who are new to Hadoop or HDP for windows could start off with single-node version of HDP 2.0 for Windows that includes a Microsoft Installer based setup.

Hadoop 2.0 also brings with it high availability support for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) NameNode; phase II of Stringer initiative; and Apache HBase NoSQL database release 0.96.

Hortonworks has ensured that users can easily move from HDP 1.3 to HDP 2.0. “You can upgrade your cluster in place, maintaining your data as well as ensuring that your existing Hive, Pig and MapReduce jobs will run on HDP 2.0 for Windows”, notes Hortonworks.