Hortonworks launches in Durham

Hortonworks launches in Durham

Durham, NC – Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has quietly moved into Durham’s Bull City Coworking and is rapidly ramping up their operations. With a growing user base and $248 million in outside investment, Hortonworks is a leading commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, the preeminent open source platform for storing, managing and analyzing big data.

Hortonworks is deeply engaged with Hadoop’s open source ecosystem, and the move to launch East Coast operations in the region is a sign that the Triangle’s reputation as a nexus of open source technical talent continues to grow.

I recently sat down for a coffee at Parker & Otis with Barry Duplantis, Hortonworks new Vice President of Customer Success to discuss his move to Hortonworks and the decision to launch operations in the Triangle.

The Triangle is the Right Place

In looking to place an Eastern US operation, Hortonworks looked at Austin, Boston and all the usual tech hubs. When they brought on local tech veteran, Barry Duplantis, signs started pointing to the Triangle as the next logical step. Duplantis’ familiarity and connections with the rich talent pool of open source talent in the region cemented Hortonworks decision to locate here.

Over the past few weeks, Hortonworks has been quietly hiring. Attending the local Hadoop Users Group meetings (TriHUG) and passing the word through the Open Source community has already allowed Hortonworks to expand well beyond their original target of 6 employees.

Duplantis’ team has now filled 16 out of 25 positions projected for their short term needs. Impressed with the caliber of talent that the Triangle team is bringing to the organization, Hortonworks is expanding the Triangle location scope to include positions in support, legal, IT and sales.

Triangle Ecosystem Support

A long-time resident of the Triangle, Duplantis has worked at Red Hat, Opsware and most recently for Eucalyptus Systems. Eucalyptus had a team based at Bull City Coworking for over two years, where Barry and his colleagues worked alongside engineers from open source stalwarts like Mozilla, Canonical, Opscode/Chef, Jackson River and several others.

Duplantis says that Hortonworks will fit into the Triangle Open Source ecosystem well since they work with everyone on a partnership basis rather than being competitive. In addition, the local Hortonworks team plans to support the open source developer community, starting with their involvement with the TriHUG meetup group.

Great Potential

Hortonworks is the most interesting company that I have been involved with since my days at Red Hat.

There is great potential for Hortonworks in the Triangle. An East Coast presence brings Hortonworks closer to their regional customers and partners, the big data field is “an incredible growth area” and Barry knows he will be able to find the talent that Hortonworks needs here in the Triangle.

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