7 Big Data Startups With An Eye On The Channel

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CEO: Rob Bearden

Hortonworks is another standout in the Hadoop distribution space, helping businesses embrace the open-source framework for big data management and analysis. Hortonworks aims to make Hadoop ready for the enterprise by wrapping its own data management, data monitoring and data integration solutions around the technology.

Hortonworks has a long list of technology partners ranging from Microsoft to Rackspace. But the Palo Alto, Calif., company also has opened its doors to the channel through its Hortonworks Systems Integrator Partner Program. While the program doesn't employ a traditional reseller model, it offers systems integrators referral bonuses, joint marketing support, technical training on Hadoop and other perks. Benefits vary depending on whether a systems integrator is a global, premier or base-level partner. Hortonworks said it currently partners with more than 50 systems integrators but is focused on expanding that number globally.

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