IBM and Hortonworks significantly expanded their partnership at DataWorks San Jose, this month. IBM has adopted Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for its Hadoop distribution (Link). Now we are announcing certification of IBM Spectrum Scale with HDP on Power enabling our clients to optimize their analytics infrastructure investments even further.

HDP is the leading Hadoop and Spark distribution that supports enterprises on their analytics journey. This analytics journey typically starts with consolidation of different data silos to form an Active Archive. The Active Archive is then used to get a single view of the customer and derive different business insights. With IBM Spectrum Scale, customers can build highly scalable and globally distributed data lakes for their Active Archives. IBM Spectrum Scale has the most comprehensive support for data access protocols. It supports data access using NFS, SMB, Object, POSIX and the HDFS API making Spectrum Scale the industry’s best in-place analytics platform. It eliminates the need to maintain separate copies of the same data for traditional applications and for purposes of analytics.

IBM Spectrum Scale 4.2.3 has been certified with the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 2.6 / Ambari 2.5 on IBM Power Systems. IBM and Hortonworks collaborated on an optimized and integrated solution that was validated against a comprehensive suite of integration test cases across the full stack of HDP components and Ambari. Testing covered secure and non-secure scenarios with Accumulo, Atlas, Falcon, Flume, Hbase, HDFS, Hive, HiveServer2, Kafka, Knox, Mahout, Map Reduce, Oozie, Phoenix, Pig, Spark, Sqoop, Storm, Tez, Yarn, Zeppelin, and Zookeeper. This certification is for Spectrum Scale software and hence applies to all deployment models of Spectrum Scale, including Elastic Storage Server (ESS). Further, this certification includes a paper certification for Hortonworks Data Flow (HDF) V3.0 use with IBM Spectrum Scale. IBM’s Power platform is already certified to run HDP and offers 3x price performance compared with x86.

IBM ESS (pre-integrated system powered by IBM Spectrum Scale) includes software RAID function that eliminates the need for the three-way replication for data protection that is required with other solutions. Instead, IBM ESS requires just 30% extra capacity to offer similar data protection benefits. IBM Power Systems along with the IBM ESS offer the most optimized hardware stack for running analytics workloads. Clients can enjoy up to 3x reduction of storage and compute infrastructure on Power Systems and IBM ESS compared to commodity scale-out x86 systems.

IBM Spectrum Scale is scheduled to be certified with HDP running on x86 systems by the end of July.

Additional references:
https://hortonworks.com/blog/hdp-ibm-spectrum-scale-brings-enterprise-class-storage-place-analytics/
https://developer.ibm.com/storage/2017/06/16/top-five-benefits-ibm-spectrum-scale-hortonworks-data-platform/
https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51562.wss
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/redp5448.html?Open

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