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06 Nov 2018Paul Scott-Murphy, WANdisco

Managing the Cloudera-Hortonworks merger by embracing the LiveData opportunity

As Cloudera and Hortonworks bring their competing systems together, customers will be faced with data migrations. Why not make managing the merger simpler, by embracing a LiveData strategy?


The merger of long-term rivals Cloudera and Hortonworks, announced last month, marks an exciting time for the two companies. But where does it leave their customers? The deal will no doubt bring additional benefits as the companies combine their capabilities and services, but if any of your company’s systems reside on either platform, uncertainty on the merger's technical outcomes leave your critical business data and processes hanging in the balance.


The joint company will create a single, streamlined set of offerings, currently called the “unity” platform. Where features overlap, consolidation is likely. Relying on software that will be retired means you are facing the inevitable headache of migration.

For example, Apache Sentry and Ranger have a significant functional overlap. While a future unity release may offer only one choice of technology in their place, customers using the retired offering will need to migrate to it.


“Migrating business data at scale between platforms can be a hassle, to say the least, and few customers will embark on the process willingly, especially as the downtime involved can have a serious effect on the business.”


Migrating business data at scale between platforms can be a hassle, to say the least, and few embark on the process willingly, especially as the downtime involved can have a serious effect on their business. But without clarity on how the two companies will amalgamate their services, all customers are facing migration and change in the way their business data and systems are supported.

But there is a new path for organizations to set up their systems for rapid, easy migration and system change—and to safeguard their business data at the same time. A LiveData strategy, with business data continually and consistently replicated among data stores, allows your old platform to share data with your new. Data sets remain secure and available for use in any big data platform. A LiveData environment ensures companies are constantly ready for migration.


Critically, a LiveData environment releases customers from vendor lock-in. For the Cloudera/Hortonworks merger, enabling LiveData mitigates any reliance on one or the other company’s platforms. Regardless of whether any particular platform-specific technology succeeds, a LiveData environment ensures that data sets are always available. Pursuing a LiveData strategy will help turn the Cloudera/Hortonworks merger into an opportunity for innovation, safeguarding your business-critical data, and offering the ability to select whichever platform or cloud provider suits your business.

To enable a LiveData strategy, we recommend WANdisco Fusion enterprise software as the best way to replicate data securely and consistently among systems, including hybrid, multi-region, and multi-cloud environments. Without waiting for the Cloudera/Hortonworks solution strategy to emerge, WANdisco Fusion enables you to avoid the cost and complexity of data migrations, gain near-zero RPO and zero RTO for disaster recovery, and opens up your cloud provider options.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


As VP of Product Management at WANdisco, Paul has overall responsibility for the definition and management of WANdisco's product strategy, the delivery of product to market and its success. This includes direction of the product management team, product strategy, requirements definitions, feature management and prioritization, roadmaps, coordination of product releases with customer and partner requirements, user testing and feedback.

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