Dell Joins Hadoop Crowd With Cloudera Partnership

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-04 Print this article Print

Dell will add new-generation PowerEdge C servers and networking components, services and its vast channel and sales networks to Cloudera's software in the new implementation.

Dell on Aug. 4 joined the growing Apache Hadoop commercial implementators' club by announcing a new partnership with Cloudera -- by far the oldest and most production-utilized distribution of the celebrated open source data analytics package.

Cloudera's was the first commercial implementation of the open source data analytics package that came out of Yahoo's R&D division in 2006. For its part, Dell will supply new-generation PowerEdge C servers and networking components, services and its vast channel and sales networks to complete the new implementation.

Within those services, Dell will include management tools, training, technology support and other professional services.

"This is a defined reference architecture with a point of view that helps our customers very quickly identify a strategy for the implementation of a Hadoop presence inside of their corporation," Dell Executive Director of Cloud Solutions John Igoe told eWEEK.

"We see Cloudera is the leader in this particular space. Our vision was to combine their leadership in the Hadoop area with our leadership in hyperscale computing environments. We have a great deal of differentiation here by taking the abilities of both companies and putting them together."

Specifically, Dell/Cloudera for Apache Hadoop consists of Cloudera, Dell Crowbar software, and Cloudera Enterprise combined with a Dell PowerEdge C2100 server (other models will be added later) and PowerConnect 6248 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Layer 3 switch. Joint service (either Cloudera or Dell) and support and a deployment guide are also included.

Dell/Cloudera for Apache Hadoop can be used in many verticals but will be aimed first at financial services, energy, utility and telecom companies, research institutions, retail businesses, and Internet/media groups, Igoe said.

The new implementation is designed to reduce the complexity of deploying, configuring, and managing Hadoop systems that process large amounts of data enterprises can use to help manage themselves at a generally lower cost than older-school analytics packages and consultancies.

Making Hadoop More Usable Is the Goal

The bottom line is this: Hadoop is complicated software machinery to deploy and utilize, and it lacked a relatively usable front end until Cloudera and others came in to add their expertise. Dell's idea is to give customers a single source to deploy, manage, and scale a comprehensive Apache Hadoop-based stack, Igoe said.

There are a growing number of companies offering commercial implementations and/or providing support for Hadoop. Cloudera, IBM, Platform Computing were among the first to develop their own commercial Apache Hadoop implementations in recent years.  EMC, NetApp, SGI and Yahoo (with its Hortonworks spinoff) are some of the others.

Igoe said the new reference architecture and all its hardware will be available later in August.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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