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Friday, 18 December 2015 15:43

Munich Re chooses Hortonworks for its global big data platform

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Re-insurance business Munich Re, has become the latest customer for Hortonworks in Germany. The business will use Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) with a newly created data lake platform in specific business analytics use cases as well as big data applications.

One factor leading Munich Re, to select Hortonworks was its strong partner ecosystem. In particular, its partnership with SAS enables Munich Re to benefit from the power of Hadoop-powered data storage combined with the processing power of SAS Analytics. Hortonworks and SAS have worked together to deliver faster, more efficient, unconstrained analytics to all data. Additional factors influencing Munich Re’s decision include Hortonworks’ leadership position in the Hadoop community, 100% open source strategy and strong engineering team composed of the largest number of Apache Hadoop committers.

Munich Re will adopt HDP as its global big data platform, and the data lake platform will operate by accessing and storing a number of different external and internal data sources, to perform different transformations on data and simultaneously analyse even extremely large quantities of data.

“Munich Re has always explored innovative ideas in all business areas and is now putting even more emphasis on those efforts,” says Franz Koppold, head of the IT department for business intelligence at Munich Re. “HDP is a core component of our infrastructure design that will allow us to gain more insight by combining internal and external data to thereby develop innovative solutions for our customers.”

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