Simplifying the path to the benefits of Apache Hadoop

The Apache Hadoop software framework for storing, processing and analyzing big data continues to grow in popularity, and is now used by enterprises around the world. Apache Hadoop recently celebrated 10 years, and we celebrate that milestone with them.

While Hadoop continues to innovate and simplify, we know that its adoption brings a shift in the way organizations operate, and we remind customers that this is a journey and not a trivial experience. The process of architecting, deploying, configuring and running a production Hadoop cluster involves countless considerations, from the selection and sizing of hardware and software to the design of network fabrics. These considerations are complex and are defined by a need to understand the types of workloads that will run on the cluster and the challenges of managing a system built to scale to thousands of nodes in a single instance.

At Dell, we understand the complexity that our customers face when they prepare for the journey to Hadoop, and we work actively to make the route forward as smooth as possible. With that goal in mind, we offer proven solutions for Hadoop deployments, including new offerings tailored to the Cloudera Apache Hadoop 5.7 distribution.

These offerings include the Dell | Cloudera Apache Hadoop 5.7 Solution, accelerated by Intel. This solution, jointly designed by Dell, Cloudera and Intel, includes all the hardware, software, resources and services you need to run Hadoop in a production environment. This end-to-end approach means that you can be in production with Hadoop in a shorter timeframe, thereby realizing a faster “time to value” and unless customers can invest a large amount of their resources to this solution, that would not be possible with a do-it-yourself solution.

In more specific terms, this solution is based on the Cloudera Distribution for Apache Hadoop, Dell PowerEdge series servers and Dell networking. It spans the entire solution stack, including a validated system  and best practices, a detailed deployment guide, optimized server configurations, optimized network infrastructure and, of course, the Cloudera software. It’s also offered with a full set of consulting, deployment, support and training services.

For organizations looking to test a proof of concept for an even faster route to Hadoop, we offer Dell QuickStart 5.7 for Cloudera Hadoop. This bundle provides an easy entry point for organizations that want to begin working with Hadoop for managing and analyzing data. It’s a tested and validated all-in-one system designed to reduce the complexity of deploying, configuring and managing a Hadoop environment. QuickStart includes all the hardware, software and services you need to quickly engage in Hadoop testing, development and proof of concept work.

Ultimately, solutions like these lower the barriers in the road to Apache Hadoop. They give you the confidence that you’ve got everything you need for a successful deployment.

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About the Author: Armando Acosta

Armando Acosta has been involved in the IT Industry over the last 15 years with experience in architecting IT solutions and product-marketing, management, planning, and strategy. Armando’s latest role has been focused on Big Data|Hadoop solutions, addressing solutions that build new capabilities for emerging customer needs, and assists with the roadmap for new products and features. Armando is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and resides in Austin, TX.