Feeds

Hadoop king bounces out of Hortonworks

Eric Baldeschwieler busts out of Yahoo's elephant farm

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

The big brainbox of Yahoo! Hadoop spinoff Hortonworks has bounced out of the company in uncertain circumstances.

Eric Baldeschwieler's departure was announced by Hortonworks chief Rob Bearden in a blog post on Tuesday. "We are extremely appreciative of all of Eric's contributions over the past few years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors," Bearden wrote.

"We also want to take the opportunity to reiterate our commitment to the broader Apache Hadoop community to enable Hadoop to be easy to use and consume as an enterprise viable data platform and do so in a way that is 100 per cent open source and community driven."

Baldeschwieler had led the team at Yahoo! that did early work in putting the Hadoop data processing framework to work, and subsequently headed up the Hortonworks spin-off before stepping aside and becoming its chief technology officer.

His last post to the Hortonworks official blog was in July 2012, when he talked up the benefits of using Hadoop over other, newer storage technologies.

Though his departure was announced on Tuesday, a cryptic post on his Twitter account indicates he may have been gone from Hortonworks for some time: "Back on the grid & in menlo park. Taking it slow for a while. Reach out if you want to catch up," he wrote in a post to Twitter on Monday.

The last listing we can find for him under the title of CTO at Hortonworks is a panel on Big Data that was held in Menlo Park, California, on July 10 of this year

Hortonworks competes with a range of Hadoop startups, including MapR, Cassandra-stewards DataStax, and the most significant company Cloudera, whose staff includes Doug Cutting – one of the original creators of Hadoop, and a former employee of Baldeschwieler. ®

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.