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Hortonworks DataPlane Service (DPS) delivers a single pane of glass for data management, providing a common fabric to secure, govern, and administer access controls for data regardless of where it physically resides, in the cloud or on-premises.


  • Hortonworks DataPlane service sits atop Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Hortonworks DataFlow (HDF), meaning that it provides unified governance services for both data in motion and data at rest in the same platform.
  • Hortonworks DataPlane is designed to support role-based higher-level extensible services, which provide functionality ranging from simplified cluster provisioning and automated cluster scaling to identifying and classifying personal data.
  • The two main extensible service offerings in DataPlane Service – Data Lifecycle Manager and Data Steward Studio – perform the bulk of data governance tasks beyond the baseline security functionality that the underlying Apache Ranger, Knox, and Atlas provide.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses modern, hybrid data management architecture and evaluates the need for a unified governance layer across distributed clusters.
  • Identifies where Hortonworks DataPlane Service sits in the Hortonworks technology stack, and identifies the data types that it governs.
  • Identifies the roles that Apache Ranger, Apache Knox, and Apache Atlas play in the Hortonworks DataPlane Service architecture.
  • Analyzes the role that extensible services will play in the Hortonworks DataPlane Service offering in adapting to evolving enterprise needs.
  • Compares the capabilities and functionality of two of the primary extensible services available with the DataPlane Service: Data Lifecycle Manager and Data Steward Studio.

Key questions answered

  • Why does modern IT architecture, more than ever, need a "single pane of glass" for the administration of data governance and access controls?
  • How does Hortonworks DataPlane Service provide a unified governance layer for both data in motion and data at rest?
  • How do the capabilities of Hortonworks DataPlane Service differ from the governance capabilities that were previously available, respectively, in Apache Ranger, Apache Knox, and Apache Atlas?
  • How do extensible services expand the capabilities of the Hortonworks DataPlane Service, and what extensible services are available?
  • What are Data Lifecycle Manager and Data Steward Studio, and what capabilities do they provide to enable unified governance for data?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Providing a single pane of glass to access, secure, and govern distributed clusters
  • DataPlane Service will support higher-level services
  • Data Lifecycle Manager and Data Steward Studio capabilities


  • Further reading
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