The Power of Partnership: Dell EMC, Cloudera and Intel

Helping Customers Adopt Hadoop without the Risk

Dell EMC recognized early the impact Hadoop would have on our customers’ businesses. It was clear that Hadoop would lay the foundation for the modern data platform, allowing customers to focus on new game-changing insights and enhanced data-driven decision making. Yet we also understood that, as with any technology, there would be an adoption curve due to an expertise and skills gap.

This is where Dell EMC wanted to level the playing field for customers, helping them overcome these obstacles. With this goal in mind, over five years ago Dell EMC partnered with Cloudera, a company founded by some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley, to introduce the industry’s very first Hadoop reference architecture. The reference architecture taught customers how to build Hadoop from bare-metal hardware, providing guidance and know-how to streamline the architecture, design, planning and configuration of Hadoop environments.

This validated reference architecture allowed our customers to spend their time and resources on use cases and data, not the front-end work that must be done before they can get to the business value. From the beginning, Dell EMC and Cloudera together focused on delivering the world’s fastest, easiest and most secure Apache Hadoop solution to help organizations overcome their big data challenges.

We’ve held this belief for as long as we’ve worked with Cloudera, and today we are still holding true to our core value—make Hadoop less complex for customers by providing flexible, validated architectures running Cloudera Enterprise.

Today, the Dell EMC-Cloudera-Intel partnership is stronger than ever, as Dell EMC releases its eighteenth and nineteenth reference architectures for running Cloudera software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors. These new validated solutions help organizations unleash the capabilities of the latest version of the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH 5.9) on a certified architecture.

Dell EMC helps organizations reduce the risk. Customers can leverage the expertise and infrastructure built into the Dell EMC Cloudera Hadoop Solution, allowing them to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision-making.

When talking with Jim Ganthier, SVP Validated Solutions and HPC at Dell EMC, he remarked, “Organizations around the world count on Dell EMC, Cloudera and Intel to deliver leading-edge Hadoop solutions that simplify and accelerate the adoption of big data solutions and enable customers to capitalize more fully on the massive amounts of data they generate and capture every day. This is a partnership that is helping our mutual customers drive the digital transformation that will keep them competitive today and in the years to come.”

Tim Stevens, Cloudera VP for Business and Corporate Development has told us that, “At Cloudera, we have been excited about the Dell EMC merger, which combined the strengths of two of our well-established technology partners. Together with Cloudera and Intel, Dell EMC is uniquely positioned to deliver validated end-to-end Hadoop environments. We are proud that today there are five available Dell EMC solutions certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5.9.”

The new Dell EMC Cloudera Enterprise Hadoop Solutions offer customers choices that include validated configurations based on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server. These configurations are part of a portfolio of end-to-end Hadoop solution offerings that bring together hardware, software, services and support components. These offerings enable organizations to deploy Hadoop environments faster and with far greater confidence than they could have were they to design their own solutions from the ground up.

Ron Kasabian, VP, GM Data Center Analytics & AI Solutions, Intel Corporation emphasizes the importance of the partnerships,  “Working closely with Intel, Dell EMC continues to expand the reach of its Hadoop solutions incorporating the Intel® Xeon E5 v4 processor family. The Dell EMC portfolio now gives our mutual customers the option of deploying Hadoop environments that have been certified on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R730xd server and the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX2 server.”

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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.