February 27, 2013

Hadoop distributions

Elephants! Elephants!
One elephant went out to play
Sat on a spider’s web one day.
They had such enormous fun
Called for another elephant to come.

Elephants! Elephants!
Two elephants went out to play
Sat on a spider’s web one day.
They had such enormous fun
Called for another elephant to come.

Elephants! Elephants!
Three elephants went out to play
Etc.

–  Popular children’s song

It’s Strata week, with much Hadoop news, some of which I’ve been briefed on and some of which I haven’t. Rather than delve into fine competitive details, let’s step back and consider some generalities. First, about Hadoop distributions and distro providers:

Most of the same observations could apply to Hadoop appliance vendors.

Besides code, Hadoop distribution providers commonly offer support. The Hadoop support situation is confused, largely because:

That said:

And finally, reasons that come to mind for choosing particular distributions include:

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3 Responses to “Hadoop distributions”

  1. Open source strategies | DBMS 2 : DataBase Management System Services on March 1st, 2013 5:53 am

    [...] “mainly just support” — as per my recent post on Hadoop distributions, almost everybody offers SOMETHING [...]

  2. Three Key Features Of EMC’s Hadoop Distribution, Pivotal HD | Cloud Computing Today on March 3rd, 2013 11:45 pm

    [...] many recent Hadoop distributions and technologies, Pivotal HD integrates with SQL to facilitate its maximal usage by developers and [...]

  3. Mark Stacey on March 14th, 2013 2:33 pm

    I don’t have a link, but the Hortonworks windows code for Hadoop was just added to the Apache Hadoop trunk. Making it true Hadoop again

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