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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 a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.