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Although the Hadoop Summit San Jose 2014 has come and gone, the invaluable content—keynotes, sessions, and tracks—is available here. We ’ve selected a few sessions for Hadoop developers, practitioners, and architects, curating them under Apache Hadoop YARN, the architectural center and the data operating system.

In most of the keynotes and tracks three themes resonated:

  • Enterprises are transitioning from traditional Hadoop to modern Hadoop 2.
  • YARN is an enabler, the central orchestrator that facilitates multiple workloads, runs multiple data engines, and supports multiple access patterns—batch, interactive, streaming, and real-time—in Apache Hadoop 2.…
  • Tresata, a Hortonworks Certified Technology Partner, is a next-generation predictive analytics software company that helps enterprises monetize big data™they have moved to Hadoop . In this blog, Tresata’s Director of Marketing, Katie Levans, (@katie_levans) describes the value of HDP 2.1 certification and the benefit of their solution. 

    Last month Tresata announced the release of the third generation of their hugely successful software application TREE 3.3 and its subsequent certification on HDP 2.1.…

    Hadoop Summit Content Curation

    Although the Hadoop Summit San Jose 2014 has come and gone, the invaluable content—keynotes, sessions, and tracks—is available here. I’ve selected a few sessions below for Hadoop system administrators and dev-ops, curating them under a general Hadoop operations theme.

    Dev-ops engineers and system administrators know best that ease of operations and deployments can make or break a large Hadoop production cluster, which is why they care about all of the following:

    • how rapidly they can create or replicate a cluster;
    • how efficiently they can manage or monitor at scale;
    • how easily and programmatically they can extend or customize their operational scripts; and
    • how accurately they can foresee, forestall, or forecast resource starvation or capacity stipulation.

    Last Thursday we hosted the last of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars, Using Apache Ambari to Manage Hadoop Clusters. Over 140 people attended and joined in the conversation.

    The speakers gave an overview of Apache Ambari, discussed new features, and showed an end-to-end demo.

    Thanks to our presenters Justin Sears (Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager), Jeff Sposetti (Hortonworks’ Senior Director of Product Management), and Mahadev Konar (Hortonworks’ Co-founder, Committer, and PMC Member for Apache Hadoop, Apache Ambari, and Apache Zookeeper) who presented the webinar.…

    This week we hosted a webinar entitled HDP Advanced Security: Comprehensive Security for Enterprise Hadoop. Over 135 people attended, prompting an informative discourse and a series of questions.

    The speakers outlined the HDP Advanced Security features and benefits in Hortonworks Data Platform and gave a demo. Thanks to our presenters Justin Sears (Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager), Balaji Ganesan (Hortonworks’ Senior Director, Enterprise Security Strategy), and Don Bosco Durai (Hortonworks’ Enterprise Security Architect).…

    We recently hosted the sixth of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars, entitled Apache Storm for Stream Data Processing in Hadoop. Over 200 people attended the webinar and joined in the conversation.

    Thanks to our presenters Justin Sears (Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager), Himanshu Bari (Hortonworks’ Senior Product Manager for Storm), and Taylor Goetz (Hortonworks’ Software Engineer and Apache Storm Committer) who presented the webinar. The speakers covered:

    • Why use Apache Storm?

    We recently hosted the fifth of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars, entitled Apache Solr for Hadoop Search. Over 200 people attended the webinar, prompting an informative discourse.

    The speakers outlined the Apache Solr overview and features, followed by a practical demo of how to process, index, search, and visualize server log data.

    Thanks to our presenters Justin Sears (Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager), Rohit Bakhshi (Hortonworks’ senior product manager), and Paul Codding (Hortonworks’ Solution Engineer) who presented the webinar.…

    This is the second in the series of blogs exploring how to write data-driven applications in Java using the Cascading SDK. The series are:

  • WordCount
  • Log Parsing
  • Historically, programming languages and software frameworks have evolved in a singular direction, with a singular purpose: to achieve simplicity, hide complexity, improve developer productivity, and make coding easier. And in the process, foster innovation to the degree we have seen today—and benefited from.

    Anyone among you is “young” enough to admit writing code in microcode and assembly language?…

    We recently hosted the fourth of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars, entitled Apache 2.4.0, HDFS and YARN. It was very well attended and a very informative discourse. The speakers outlined the new features in YARN and HDFS in HDP 2.1 including:

    • HDFS Extended ACLs
    • HTTPs support for WebHDFS and for the Hadoop web UIs
    • HDFS Coordinated DataNode Caching
    • YARN Resource Manager High Availability
    • Application Monitoring through the YARN Timeline Server
    • Capacity Scheduler Preemption

    Many thanks to our presenters, Rohit Bakhshi (Hortonworks’ senior product manager), Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli (co-author of the YARN Book, PMC, Hadoop YARN Project Lead at Apache and Hortonworks), and Justin Sears (Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager).…

    In this blog, Paul Phillips, EMEA Sales Director at Hortonworks, discusses the importance of extending big data science courses to PhD students and scientists. This joint venture with KPMG provides an opportunity to “bring excellent basic skills that are useful in data science and this programme aims to commercialize these skills and ease the path to a data science profession.”

    At Hortonworks, we encourage our team members to innovate and as the Open Source community grows, it is also vital that we play our part to ensure the community is continually reinvigorated with new ideas and innovation. …

    On Wednesday May 21, Himanshu Bari (Hortonworks’ senior product manager), Venkatesh Seetharam (committer to Apache Falcon), and Justin Sears ( Hortonworks’ Product Marketing Manager), hosted the third of our seven Discover HDP 2.1 webinars. Himanshu and Venkatesh discussed data governance in Hadoop through Apache Falcon that is included in HDP 2.1. As most of you know, ingesting data into Hadoop is one thing; having data governed, by dictating and defining data-pipeline policies, is another thing—a necessity in the enterprise.…

    According to New York Observer, there were couple of major social reasons that spurred the genesis and growth of Meetup.com. First, it was Robert Putman’s book Bowling Alone, in which he talks about the collapse of communities in America. And the second was an event that not only changed the world but changed New York: it was the aftermath of September 11, where strangers cared about greeting, meeting, and talking.…

    The first use of the term BoF session was used at the Digital Equipment Users’ Society (DECUS) conference in the 1960s. Its essence was to bring together like minds and thought leaders—just as birds of the feather flock together— to share and exchange computing ideas, in an informal yet spirited way. Since then, the organizers and sponsors of most computing conferences have been loyal to its essence and spirit.

    For ideas and innovation happen in collaboration—not in isolation. …

    The power of a well-crafted speech is indisputable, for words matter—they inspire to act. And so is the power of a well-designed Software Development Kit (SDK), for high-level abstractions and logical constructs in a programming language matter—they simplify to write code.

    In 2007, when Chris Wensel, the author of Cascading Java API, was evaluating Hadoop, he had a couple of prescient insights. First, he observed that finding Java developers to write Enterprise Big Data applications in MapReduce will be difficult and convincing developers to write directly to the MapReduce API was a potential blocker.…