Following its opening in London and Sydney at the end of last year open-enterprise-Hadoop vendor Hortonworks has now opened premises in Cork, Ireland, where it will house an expanded global technical support team for the more than 800 customers and partners.
“Our presence in Ireland is yet another step towards making Open Data Platforms as widely available as possible,” said Andy Leaver, Vice President of International Operations, Hortonworks. “Hortonworks will also be working towards the recruitment of up to 50 new employees for our new Cork facilities to continue to meet the significant uptake in Hadoop across Ireland and the rest of Europe.”
At the same time Hortonworks also announced it was making Cork-based big data specialist Bluemetrix the first Hortonworks Silver Certified Partner in Ireland. “The volume and sources of data have increased exponentially and the pressure on Irish businesses to operate in the 'always-on' environment has grown dramatically,” stated Liam English, founder and chief executive officer, Bluemetrix. “The partnership with Hortonworks will further enhance our Hadoop and big data capabilities, and help us provide our clients with the most up to date tools, resources and training. This will also enable local businesses to turn data into actionable insights.”
While we didn’t report on the London launch, we have to admit it was memorable as Hortonworks plied all the guests with a green cake in the shape of an elephant. We look forward to the Apache Hadoop 10 year anniversary party, at the Hadoop Summit Europe and North America in 2016 where we fully expect there to be a real live green elephant.