Hortonworks Data Cloud for AWS is built, in part, on the CloudBreak technology from Hortonworks' 2015 acquisition of SequenceIQ. Connolly notes that while CloudBreak was built entirely on the concept of a container-based world, Data Cloud has some container work under the hood, but it's not based on containers because some of the technology isn't hardened enough for production workloads.
"They actually have to get a bit more feature-rich, secure and operationally resilient for mainstream," Connolly says. "That will happen, I think, in 2017."
Still, it provides a hint as to where Connolly and Hortonworks see things heading.
"I think it's pretty exciting," he says. "From our perspective, we see this world of what we call assemblies; modern data apps that are built from assemblies, which are a set of containers wired together for specific use cases. There's still more work to do there. That, paired with a cloud service offering that does a set of use cases very simply, that's the requisite first step."
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