Cloudera Announces Enhanced Hadoop Support
The open source channel continues to present major opportunities for VARs to sell support services for free applications, an opportunity demonstrated most recently by Cloudera’s announcement of an integrated deployment solution for Apache Hadoop. Here’s the scoop:
Hadoop, an open source framework for cluster computing developed by the Apache Foundation, has become an increasingly important resource in the age of the cloud, as demand has increased for distributed data crunching. It makes it possible for users to take better advantage of distributed computing resources, building applications on a massive scale.
Yahoo! has been Hadoop’s largest user so far, but other major organizations, including — but not limited to — Amazon, IBM and Twitter, have adopted the software as well.
Cloudera and Hadoop
The release of Cloudera Enterprise 3.5, announced June 29, 2011, is designed to make it easier for large organizations to take advantage of the possibilities offered by Hadoop by simplifying both the deployment and maintenance of the product. Cloudera promises its customers the ability to set up Hadoop clusters “in minutes”:
Users can now easily get, install and configure Apache Hadoop in minutes from a central dashboard and continue to make configuration updates while the system is running. Developed from Cloudera’s many years of experience with enterprise Hadoop systems in production, SCM automates best practices for several Hadoop operations and includes a library of validations that prevent misconfiguration. It also automates tedious manual administrative processes to save time and reduce errors. For example, SCM automates the enablement of Hadoop security for a multi-node cluster in just one click.
The latest version of SCM Express, the free-to-download alternative to Cloudera Enterprise (which requires a paid subscription) also offers enhanced support for Hadoop deployments.
VARs and Open Source
Beyond the potential utility of Cloudera Enterprise 3.5 and SCM Express to organizations interested in simplified Hadoop deployment, Cloudera’s announcement highlights the continued importance within the open source ecosystem of value added repackaging of major free software applications.
We’ve seen similar deals in recent months involving other open source applications. They indicate that free, open source software has major value on its own on which large enterprises are eager to capitalize, but the complexity of deploying and maintaining such software is a task many organizations are willing to pay to outsource.
As a result, although it may be tempting to write off open source as a world where no wants to pay for anything, the open source channel clearly presents rich opportunities to VARs.