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Almost to the date, two years ago the Apache Hadoop community voted to make YARN a sub-project of Apache Hadoop followed by the GA release nearly a year ago last fall.

Since then, it’s becoming plainly obvious that Apache Hadoop 2.x, powered by YARN as its architectural center, is the best platform for workloads such as Apache Hadoop MapReduce, Apache Pig, Apache Hive etc., which were designed to process data on Apache Hadoop HDFS.…

This week we continue our YARN webinar series with detailed introduction and a developer overview of Apache Tez.  Designed to express fit-to-purpose data processing logic, Tez enables batch and interactive data processing applications spanning TB to PB scale datasets.  Tez offers a customizable execution architecture that allows developers to express complex computations as dataflow graphs and allows for dynamic performance optimizations based on real information about the data and the resources required to process it.…

We are in the midst of a data revolution. Hadoop, powered by Apache Hadoop YARN, enables enterprises to store, process, and innovate around data at a scale never seen before making security a critical consideration. Enterprises are looking for a comprehensive approach to security for their data to realize the full potential of the Hadoop platform unleashed by YARN, the architectural center and the data operating system of Hadoop 2.

Hortonworks and the open community continue to work tirelessly to enhance security in Hadoop.…

Introduction

HDP 2.1 ships with Apache Knox 0.4.0. This release of Apache Knox supports WebHDFS, WebHCAT, Oozie, Hive, and HBase REST APIs.

Hive is a popular component used for SQL access to Hadoop, and the Hive Server 2 with Thrift supports JDBC access over HTTP. The following steps show the configuration to enable a JDBC client to talk to Hive Server 2 via Knox (Beeline > JDBC over HTTPS > Knox > HTTP > Hive Server2).…

In May, Hortonworks acquired XA Secure and made a promise to contribute this technology to the Apache Software Foundation.  In June, we made it available for all to download and use from our website and today we are proud to announce this technology officially lives on as Apache Argus, an incubator project within the ASF.

This podling has been formed and now the process of graduating Argus to a top-level project (TLP) has begun.…

Hortonworks Software Engineers Vinod Kumar Vavilapalli (Apache Hadoop YARN committer) and Jian He (Apache YARN Hadoop committer) discuss Apache Hadoop YARN’s Resource Manager resiliency upon restart in this blog.This is their third blog post in our series on motivations and architecture for improvements to the Apache Hadoop YARN’s Resource Manager (RM) resiliency. Others in the series are:

Introduction Phase II – Preserving work-in-progress of running applications

ResourceManager-restart is a critical feature that allows YARN applications to be able to continue functioning even when the ResourceManager (RM) crash-reboots due to various reasons.…

“Data is to information society what fuel was to the industrial economy: the critical resource powering the innovations that people rely on,” write Victor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, in Big Data. Today, big data fuels and engenders innovation of new products and services, according to Forrester.

Just as countries’ fuel repositories need protection and security because they can come under attack, so do companies’ big data repositories. “Companies, markets, and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals.…

It’s been a busy year for Apache Ambari. Keeping up with the rapid innovation in the open community certainly is exciting. We’ve already seen six releases this year to maintain a steady drumbeat of new features and usability guardrails. We have also seen some exciting announcements of new folks jumping into the Ambari community.

With all these releases and community activities, let’s take a break to talk about how the broader Hadoop community is affecting Ambari and how this is influencing what you will see from Ambari in the future.…

Apache Hadoop has come along a long way. From its early days as a platform to index the web, it has evolved to its current interactive, real-time, and batch processing capabilities spanning gigabytes to petabytes of content. A key stepping stone in this evolution has been Apache Hadoop YARN. YARN has enabled enterprises to onboard “fit for purpose” processing engines to its Hadoop Data Lake. This has opened the Data Lake to rapid and unbridled innovation by the ISV community and delivered differentiated insight to the enterprise.…

SequenceIQ provides an API and platform to build predictive applications and turn data into tangible assets. In this guest blog, SequenceIQ Co-founder and CTO Janos Matyas (@sequenceiq), explains why his team chose Apache Ambari for provisioning Hadoop clusters and how they contributed to the Ambari project.

At SequenceIQ, we frequently provision Hadoop clusters on different environments. For a long time, we searched for the right provisioning and management tool.…

StackIQ, a Hortonworks technology partner, offers a comprehensive software suite that automates the deployment, provisioning, and management of Big Infrastructure. In this guest blog, Anoop Rajendra (@anoop_r), a Senior Software Developer at StackIQ, gives instructions for using StackIQ Cluster Manager to deploy Apache Ambari on a cluster running Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP).

Provisioning, managing and monitoring an Apache™ Hadoop cluster can be challenging. With this in mind, the engineers at Hortonworks introduced the Apache Ambari project into the Apache Software Foundation.…

Apache Hadoop clusters grow and change with use. Maybe you used Apache Ambari to build your initial cluster with a base set of Hadoop services targeting known use cases and now you want to add other services for new use cases. Or you may just need to expand the storage and processing capacity of the cluster.

Ambari can help in both scenarios. In this blog, we’ll cover a few different ways that Ambari can help you expand your cluster.…

Earlier this month, the Apache Ambari community released Apache Ambari 1.6.1, which includes multiple improvements for performance and usability. The momentum in and around the Ambari community is unstoppable. Today we saw the Pivotal team lean in to Ambari, and this is the sixth release of this critical component in 2014, proving again that open source is the fastest path to innovation.

Many thanks to the wealth of contribution from the broad Ambari community that resulted in 585 JIRA issues being resolved in this release.…

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.
  • Last week, Apache Tez graduated to become a top level project within the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). This represents a major step forward for the project and is representative of its momentum that has been built by a broad community of developers from not only Hortonworks but Cloudera, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, NASA JPL, Twitter, and Yahoo as well.

    What is Apache Tez and why is it useful?

    Apache™ Tez is an extensible framework for building YARN based, high performance batch and interactive data processing applications in Hadoop that need to handle TB to PB scale datasets.…

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