Other Hadoop Distributions

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-08-15 Print this article Print

Newcomer MapR Technologies released a distributed file system and MapReduce engine, the MapRDistribution for Apache Hadoop. It also partnered with storage and security giant EMC to provide another enterprise Hadoop package for that company's customers.

Another vendor, Platform Computing, launched support for the Hadoop MapReduce application programming interface in its Symphony software. And Silicon Graphics International offers Hadoopoptimized solutions based on the SGI Rackable and CloudRack server lines with implementation services.

Announced Aug. 4, the latest Hadoop edition is a Dell/Cloudera for Apache Hadoop configuration. This consists of Hadoop, Cloudera Enterprise interface, Dell Crowbar software, and a Dell PowerEdge C2100 server and PowerConnect 6248 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Layer 3 switch. Joint service and support and a deployment guide are included.

Alternatives Coming to the Fore

Alternatives are also surfacing. In addition to 1010data's cloud service, LexisNexis Risk Solutions-which has been using its own home-developed, large-scale analytics system for 10 years-recently announced that it is sharing some if its intellectual property with the open-source community with an alternative to Hadoop.

The risk-management and fraud detection service provider has made available a data-intensive supercomputing platform under a dual license, open-source spinoff called HPCC Systems, which can manage, sort, link and analyze billions of records within seconds.

"We think the time is right to do this, and we believe that HPCC Systems will take big data computing to the next level," said CEO James Peck.

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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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