May 11th, 2016 by Adam Armstrong
ODPi Announces Its Gold Sponsorship Of Apache Software Foundation
Today at Apache Big Data North America 2016, the Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi) announced that it has become a gold sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). ODPi will join the ranks of the other gold sponsors such as Pivotal, IBM, WANDisco, and Hortonworks (it should be noted that all of the other sponsors are members of ODPi). The gold sponsors are working together to advance open source projects for the big data ecosystem.
ODPi was recently founded (February 2015), and is nonprofit. The main goal of ODPi is to accelerate the open ecosystem of big data solutions. ODPi works with and builds upon the innovative work of ASF, all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, in order to create a ecosystem built around Apache Hadoop. A big part of getting the ecosystem to thrive and grow, as well as helping to accelerate big data solutions will be through the integration and standardization of a common reference platform, what they are calling the ODPi Core.
Standardization of a common reference platform could be crucial moving forward with Apache Hadoop and other big data analytics. Big data analytics has been around for a little while but from a technology perspective it can still be seen in its infancy. Lots of companies will come up with different ideas on making the most out of something like Hadoop, but with everyone pulling in different directions advancement can stagnate. As new projects are developed at ASF, guided by community and industry input, ODPi intends to incorporate these new projects into its ODPi core.