Hortonworks is buying SequenceIQ in a bid to speed cloud- and Docker-based Hadoop deployments. The move comes as a range of hardware, software and cloud companies seeks to make Hadoop easier for big data customers to activate.

SequenceIQ's tools allow customers to more easily deploy Hadoop in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and OpenStack, Hortonworks asserts. Moreover, SequenceIQ optimizes these deployments via policy-based autoscaling that expands and contracts clusters based upon actual usage metrics, Hortonworks added.

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