Last week, ODPi participated in Apache: BigData North America in Vancouver, B.C. as an exhibiting platinum sponsor where we announced our gold sponsorship of the Apache Software Foundation.
During the show, we connected with the Apache community by presenting two keynote presentations, holding multiple panel and tutorial sessions, and hosting Apache project office hours at our booth.
Here’s a look back:
ODPi Becomes Gold Sponsor of The Apache Software Foundation
On Wednesday, May 11, we announced our gold sponsor of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF). We joined existing ASF sponsors: Hortonworks, IBM, Pivotal, and WANDisco, who are also ODPi members, to advance open source projects for the big data ecosystem.
“We are pleased to welcome ODPi to the ASF Sponsorship program and their support of Apache big data projects,” said ASF Vice Chairman Greg Stein. “As analysts project that enterprises will fully embrace the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, Sponsor support is even more vital to our success in spearheading industry-leading innovations that are developed in a trusted, community-driven environment.”
This announcement generated positive feedback from the Apache community during the show, as well as many articles – Datanami, Channel Insider, CIO,Linux.com, StorageReview, and IBM DeveloperWorks TV.
Some of our favorite quotes include:
“Both our organizations are laser focused – we want a stronger Hadoop ecosystem,” Mertic said, of the ASF and ODPi. “But let’s be honest, it hasn’t been easy. The Apache project really focuses on those raw components, the peanuts and the chocolate, if you will. But if you’re an end user, you’re looking for that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.” – Ian Murphy, Linux.com
“We’re committed to making sure of Apache’s success,” Mertic says. “Our success depends on the upstream project success. Furthermore we’re not looking to do development separate from Apache. We want Apache to own the development process. We want them to own the projects process….We want Apache to keep doing what Apache’s great at, which is building amazing, incubated, governed projects.” – Alex Woodie, Datanami
“John Mertic, director of ODPi, said a group made up of ISVs in the ODPi consortium (which counts IBM, GE, Splunk, EMC, SAS Institute, Infosys and Capgemini among its members) is trying to make sure there are enough checks and balances to prevent Hadoop from fragmenting into a set of incompatible distributions. While each distribution uses the same core base, it’s become apparent that the leading providers of these distributions are creating extensions that could ultimately force ISVs to incur higher costs by having to support applications optimized for a particular instance of Hadoop.” – Mike Vizard, Channel Insider
The conversations did not stop there. Twitter was also buzzing with excitement. Here are some of our favorites:
Keynotes, Panels, and Technical Sessions
Roman Shaposhnik & Konstantin Boudnik from Pivotal discussed How ODPi Leveraged Apache Bigtop to Get to Market Faster (and You Can Too!). Attendees learned how contributions from ODPi members are helping Apache Bigtop get even stronger and provide an integration platform for the next-generation big data technologies.
Milind Bhandarkar of Ampool dove into a riveting story Standing on Shoulders of Giants: Ampool Story and also discussed how Ampool is contributing to several ASF projects in ODPi.
ODPi panel, ODPi: Advancing Open Data for the Enterprise, gave attendees an overview of how Hadoop distributors, ISVs, SIs, and enterprises (end users) will benefit from standardization. Panel members included (from right to left) Milind Bhandarkar of Ampool, Roman Shaposhink of Pivotal, Alan Gates of Hortonworks, and Susan Malaika of IBM. Moderated by Gregory Chase of Pivotal.
Alan Gates from Hortonworks provided a thought-provoking Keynote: ODPi 101: Who We Are, What We Do and Don’t Do. Gates outlined the ODPi Core, a set of software components, a detailed certification and a set of open source tests to make it easier to create big data solutions and data-driven applications.
In his keynote, John Mertic from ODPi presented ODPi and ASF: Building a stronger Hadoop ecosystem, where he detailed how the ODPi’s specifications and by-laws reinforce the role of the ASF as the singular place where Apache Hadoop development occurs. He also announced ODPi’s gold sponsorship of ASF during his keynote!
John Mertic of ODPi and Jim Jagielski of the Apache Software Foundation teamed up for a riveting conversation about ODPi and ASF Collaboration. Attendees asked questions and learned about how the ASF and ODPi complement each other, where the big data ecosystem is heading, and more.
Apache Project Office Hours
On Tuesday during Apache: Big Data, we hosted Apache project office hours meetings where any project could sign up for 30 min time slots and host their meeting in our lounge. Communities from Geode, Tinkerpop, Spark + RDBMS, Hawq, and MADlis participated.
ODPi Booth Activity
Overall, it was a wonderful week. We are looking forward to Hadoop Summit, June 28-30 in San Jose. Hope to see you there!