Cloudera and Hortonworks, two rivals in open source, announce a merger.

Lynn Haber

October 4, 2018

2 Min Read
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Cloudera and Hortonworks said Wednesday that they are merging. The value of the combined companies is estimated at $5.2 billion.

Hortonworks delivers open source global data-management platforms and services, while Cloudera delivers a modern platform for machine learning and analytics optimized for the cloud. Together, the vendors contend they’ll create a leading next-generation data platform provider, spanning multicloud, on-premises and the edge.

“Our businesses are highly complementary and strategic,” said Tom Reilly, CEO at Cloudera. “By bringing together Hortonworks’ investments in end-to-end data management with Cloudera’s investments in data warehousing and machine learning, we will deliver the industry’s first enterprise data cloud from the Edge to AI.”


The two vendors’ products are built on open source, Hadoop distributions. Some benefits of the merger:

  • Establishes a next generation data platform, with increased scale and resources to deliver an enterprise data cloud, providing ease of use and elasticity of the public cloud from the data center to the edge.

  • Creates a unified platform and clear industry standard from the edge to AI.

  • Accelerates market development and fuels innovation in IoT, streaming, data warehouse, hybrid cloud, machine learning/AI.

  • Expands the market opportunity with complementary offerings, including Hortonworks DataFlow and Cloudera Data Science Workbench.

  • Enhances partnerships with public cloud vendors and systems integrators.

  • Expected to generate significant financial benefits and improved margins.

Hortonworks CEO Rob Bearden noted that together the companies will have a broader set of offerings.

“Together, we are well positioned to continue growing and competing in the streaming and IoT, data management, data warehousing, machine learning/AI and hybrid cloud markets,” he said.


Rob Bearden

The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to stockholder approval from the two companies, U.S. antitrust clearance and other customary closing conditions.

When the merger is complete, the new entity’s leadership will be as follows: Cloudera’s Reilly as CEO; Hortonworks COO Scott Davidson will serve as COO; Hortonworks’ chief product officer (CPO), Arun Murthy, will serve as CPO; and Cloudera’s chief financial officer (CFO), Jim Frankola, will serve as CFO. The name of the combined company is yet to be released.

Current Hortonworks CEO Bearden will join the board of directors, along with three other existing Hortonworks directors; and another five directors, including Reilly, will come from Cloudera’s board of directors — for a total of nine. A 10th director will be selected by the combined board.

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