Hortonworks is a business computer software company based in Santa Clara, California. The company focuses on the development and support of Apache Hadoop, a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers.
Hortonworks is fascinating because we are at a point in the history of the commercialization of open source where so many things are possible.Red Hat’s model of selling subscription to an open source distribution is now only one of many choices.
Fellow Hadoop companies like Cloudera and MapR Technologies have their own versions of what has become known as the open core model.
Cloudera adds some proprietary capabilities to its distribution and MapR has rewritten major parts of the core open source code of Hadoop to create an enterprise software product based on Hadoop.
Hortonworks is a purist in this regard, distributing the unmodified open source straight from the Apache trunk.