Apache Hadoop-Based Hortonworks Sandbox Launches
Hortonworks announced its Hortonworks Sandbox, a free download of the company's Hadoop distribution with tutorials for teaching beginners to use big data technology.Hortonworks, a leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, has announced a new offering to help enterprises quickly get the hang of working with Hadoop and other projects in the Hadoop big data ecosystem. Presented as a free 2GB download, the new Hortonworks Sandbox is a self-contained virtual machine with Apache Hadoop preconfigured. It is essentially a personal, portable and stand-alone Hadoop environment with a set of hands-on, step-by-step tutorials that enable users to learn and explore Hadoop on their own. Hortonworks says its new offering takes users from zero to big data in 15 minutes. In any case, it is an on-ramp for users interested in learning, evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in the enterprise. The Hortonworks Sandbox addresses the gap between people who want to learn Hadoop and the complexity of setting up a small Hadoop cluster with an integrated environment where users, whether Hadoop novices or experts, can access demos, videos and multilevel tutorials. The Hortonworks Sandbox is built using the new Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.2, the company's open source platform powered by Apache Hadoop that delivers high-scale data processing in a manner that is easy for an enterprise to operate, Hortonworks officials said. Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications. It supports the running of applications on large clusters of commodity hardware. Hadoop enables applications to be divided into many small fragments of work, each of which may be executed on any node in the cluster. As a key technology in the effort to wrangle big data, Hadoop enables applications to work with thousands of computation-independent computers and petabytes of data.
The Hortonworks team, comprising many of the original architects, developers and operators of Apache Hadoop, will regularly update the learning materials providing access to new content showcasing both partner solutions and increasingly sophisticated tutorials. Additionally, users can upload their own datasets to test and validate the use of Apache Hadoop within their own data architectures.