A couple of weeks ago, we released several new Hadoop tutorials showcasing real-life uses cases and you can read about them here.Today, we’re delighted to bring to you the newest release of the Hortonworks Sandbox 1.3. The Hortonworks Sandbox allows you to go from Zero to Big Data in 15 Minutes through step-by-step hands-on Hadoop tutorials. The Sandbox is a fully functional single node personal Hadoop environment, where you can add your own data sets, validate your Hadoop use cases and build a small proof-of-concept.
The new release, posted today, contains a number of enhancements:
Hortonworks Data Platform 1.3
A new release of the Hortonworks Sandbox will always follow the new release of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). A few weeks ago, we released the Hortonworks Data Platform 1.3 and you can read about it here. This includes our belief in relentless march of community-driven open source as the fastest path to innovation and our contributions to speeding Hadoop queries through our improvements to Hive 0.11, SQL-in-Hadoop, also known as the Stinger Initiative, which offers a 50x improvement in performance for queries.
We continue to improve the Sandbox user experience.
- With this release, we provide some basic visualizations for your Hive queries built in to the Sandbox. You can access this functionality the Hive interface, after you have run your query. You’ll see a new tab called “Visualizations”. This new feature will help ensure that your basic queries are correct before you surface your Sandbox data in other tools.
- When importing data into the Sandbox, the column type (string, float, etc.) and delimiter type are auto-detected. You can always over-ride the default values.
New Virtualization Platforms
We’ve listened to your survey responses, tweets and emails and we’ve made some changes to make your experience better:
- HyperV Support. Running Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 with a system that is enabled with virtualization support? We have a Sandbox for you!
- 32-bit Operating System Support. Have a Windows machine with a 32-bit OS? We’ve enabled the VirtualBox image to run on a 32-bit OS — including Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows XP. The Sandbox still requires 4Gb of RAM and requires virtualization enabled on the BIOS but you should be able to run the Sandbox on these environments.
- Improved VirtualBox implementation. The VirtualBox implementation has been modified so that the set up and installation is much easier. You no longer have to configure two network adapters. Simply accept the default settings when you import the appliance.
What do you need to do to get these new features? Download the Sandbox!
Looking for interesting datasets to play with? Check out these datasets:
As always, we’re eager to hear your feedback and uses of the Sandbox.