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October 29, 2013
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Announcing Hortonworks Sandbox 2.0

Last week we announced the availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0. Today, we’re delighted to announce the availability of the Hortonworks Sandbox 2.0.

Hortonworks Sandbox

New Features

  • Based on HDP 2.0
  • Easy enablement of Ambari and Hbase
  • Updated tutorial navigation

sandboxHDP 2.0

This version of the Sandbox provides you a complete HDP 2.0 environment. Your own personal single-node Hadoop cluster where you can explore the new features and enhancements of HDP 2.0, including YARN, the improvements to Hive that were delivered by the Stinger initiative, along with the updates to Hbase, Pig, and Ambari.In fact, our Sandbox has all of the most current releases of the various Apache Projects — like Hive 12, HBase 96, and Hadoop 2.2. You can see the full list of the components and their version numbers here. HDP 2.0 and the Sandbox are the only places to find these current projects, without a bunch of patches and that has been enterprise hardened, ready to go for your enterprise.

Easy Enablement of Hbase and Ambari

On the About Sandbox page in the Sandbox, you’ll find buttons to enable/disable Ambari and Hbase. We’ve shipped the Sandbox with these disabled to keep the memory requirements at the existing 4 Gb of physical RAM. In order to run Ambari or Hbase you’ll need to have 8Gb of of physical RAM and you’ll need to increase the memory allocation in your virtual machine to 4 Gb. If you have enough physical RAM, go ahead an increase the memory allocation to the VM and you’ll see a performance improvement.

Improved Tutorial Navigation

In the Sandbox 2.0, you’ll find the navigation improved. We’ve made it easier for you to find tutorials that match your interest. The filter and tags options will find tutorials that match those criteria and you’ll also be able to navigate between tutorials.

More Resources

You can download the Sandbox and get started today. You’ll find VirtualBox, VMware and HyperV images. Download now and get your Hadoop (2.0) on!



Sunil Sabat says:


I could run VM with 4gb allocated memory in a 16gb laptop. I use Vmware workstation. I have tested Ambari only. Heavy Hbase usage may warrant 8gb.

Please change 4mb to 4gb above in above article.

On side note, Arun and Alan gave excellent talk on Tez, and Hive at Hadoop World 2013 in New York. I was there in the session.



Fredrik Persson says:

Sandbox with HDP 2.0 is a really useful and good tool!

But it would be a huge advantage if it was available in Amazon as an AMI, like the old version of HDP is.

Brian Kramer says:

Will the HDP 2.0 sandbox come with instructions on how to write to HDFS from the host machine? The problem with HDP 1.3 sandbox was that the Namenode was giving the client a private IP address.

Stephanie says:
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

I’d really like to try out spark/shark on the sandbox, but I cannot seem to get shark installed. Is the sandbox compatible with shark? I downloaded and installed scala and spark, but continue to have issues with shark thinking it hasn’t been compiled.

Albert Pi says:

After we used Hortonworks Sandbox then if we want to use in production system which products of Hortonworks to use ?

Zacharias P says:

Sorry to disagree all the greatness. Perhaps it is there but I cannot see it. Hortonwork sandbox does not work at all well with Windows +Virtual box combination.

Even with 8 GB RAM, it runs extremely slowly, halts mysteriously, often never reaches the login phase to get sandbox started, just waste of time. Cannot recommend it.

Chetan says:

I agree what Zacharias has said. I have wasted enough of my time just to startup the machine on windows. BTW I have allocated 12GB of RAM to this sandbox and results are poor.

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