Hortonworks has renewed and extended its global relationship with Microsoft, enabling increased agility and flexibility when moving big data workloads to the cloud.
The agreement also aims to provide customers a choice on where their analytic and Internet of Things (IoT) data workloads run.
"Hortonworks customers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will now have the choice to deploy Hortonworks offerings on Microsoft Azure or leverage Microsoft’s HDInsights as per their regional requirements,” said Kamal Brar, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific, Hortonworks.
“We continue to build our APAC partner eco-system specifically leveraging IBM, Capgemini and ECS across the ASEAN region to serve our customers growing demands of big-data technologies."
Products such as Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF) and Hortonworks DataPlane Service (DPS) can now be natively deployed on Microsoft Azure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to extract value from data.
Furthermore, Microsoft Azure HDInsight can now also be used by customers, which operates as a "fully managed service" powered by the HDP.
The HDP delivers the open-source software Apache Hadoop that facilitates solving problems involving massive amounts of data and computation. The data platform also delivers the open-source cluster-computing framework Apache Spark.
"Our customers are increasingly adopting a hybrid data architecture, as cloud deployments offer excellent use cases for ephemeral analytic workloads," said Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks.
"With the option to deploy HDP, HDF or DPS workloads on Azure IaaS, or use HDInsight, customers can take whichever path to the cloud that fits their business needs best.
“We are proud of our work with Microsoft and the cloud solutions we have developed together that are driving tremendous value for our joint customers."
The enterprise is moving steadily towards a cloud-first strategy with many organisations adhering to a hybrid model whereby data architectures exist on-premise as well as the cloud.
The relationship between Microsoft and Hortonworks will provide organisations with the ability to manage the whole lifecycle of their data within a cloud infrastructure.
"We are giving customers the most choice as to how they move data workloads to the cloud, on Azure or Microsoft HDInsight for an enterprise-grade managed service that makes it easier for end users," said Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president, Azure Data.
"We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Hortonworks to accelerate innovation in the cloud."
This is not the first time both companies have collaborated, having been involved in joint engineering and go-to-market work for over six years.
“We will be holding our annual marquee Hortonworks Data Summit event in Singapore in September to further build on the relationship with Microsoft in the region,” said Brar.
“This is an event where partners and customers will be invited to understand more on our latest offerings, solutions and partnership initiatives in the region.”
“Singapore and APAC have seen tremendous growth in cloud adoption. Partnering with Microsoft in this region brings a simple, fast and flexible path to run data workloads in the cloud as well as enabling our customers to manage the entire lifecycle of their data within a cloud infrastructure."
Furthermore, Microsoft is expected to bring its Azure Stack solution to Singapore later this year through a managed service provided by NTT Communications.