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Enterprise Open Source Adoption Gets a Boost With Improved Security

While organizations across a variety of spectrums, including both government and the enterprise,  are increasingly drawn toward open source solutions because of the variety of benefits the technology affords, some have been reluctant to embrace them due to security concerns. But one open-source-inspired company is doing its best to alleviate that anxiety.

Hortonworks, a California-based open source company, is attempting to enhance the security functionality of Hadoop, its open source database toolkit. In doing so, Hortonworks believes Hadoop will become a core technology across all enterprises. Hortonworks recently acquired XA Secure, a company focusing on building security on top of Hadoop. At the DataBeat conference in May, Hortonworks announced its plans to integrate that company’s software into Hadoop.

The company envisions enabling its enterprise clients to embrace big data projects under the security umbrella that Hadoop will now provide. "What has happened in the last few years is that the wider enterprise has realized that there is a way to build a culture around data," said Arun Murthy, Hortonworks' co-founder. To this end, the company seeks to empower and protect the enterprise.

The beauty of Hadoop is that it has the ability to effectively process a wide variety of data in a quick amount of time, helping businesses that leverage the database tools to realize increased efficiencies that are scalable. The software helps e-commerce merchants, for example, to change the prices of their products a few times a day if they so choose, rather than a few times a week.

The financial institutions and insurance companies that have turned to Hadoop to make use of its functionality are now demanding increased security. And Hortonworks has responded to those demands with its plans to integrate open source security tools into the technology.

As the integrity of any organization’s data is paramount to its vitality, one could expect that as Hadoop’s security features mature, the tools will become more pervasive across the enterprise.

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Lacey Thoms is a marketing specialist and blogger at Protecode, a provider of open source license management solutions. During her time at Protecode, Lacey has written many articles on open source software management. She has a background in marketing communications, digital advertising, and web design and development. Lacey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University.