Hortonworks was one of the early cabs off the rank in terms of getting an IPO away for a company involved in analytics. The company is built around the open source Apache Hadoop project and focuses on developing, distributing, and supporting the Hadoop data platform. Much like how Red Hat rose to prominence through focusing on commercializing the open source Linux operating system, so too does Hortonworks build a commercial business on top of free software.
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