Spotify Selects Hortonworks Over Cloudera For Its 690 Node Hadoop Cluster

Digital music service Spotify recently announced that it will migrate its Hadoop cluster from Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution to the Hortonworks Data Platform because of the Hortonworks commitment to open source development and technologies. Spotify also noted that the migration was partly due to the impressive contribution made by Hortonworks to the Apache Hive project for querying Hadoop data. Spotify began its use of Hadoop on the Amazon Web Services EMR platform with a cluster sized at approximately 30 nodes. The company subsequently decided to bring its Hadoop cluster in house, starting with a 60 node cluster. Spotify’s Hadoop distribution is now sized at 690 nodes and stores data for its 24 million users and 6 million subscribers. Its 690 node Hadoop cluster is widely regarded as one of the largest implementations of Hadoop in Europe. In addition to providing Spotify with a production-grade Hadoop distribution, Hortonworks will perform bi-annual health assessments of its Hadoop infrastructure.

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