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December 17, 2012
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Apache Ambari: Hadoop Operations, Innovation, and Enterprise Readiness

Over the course of 2012, through Hortonworks’ leadership within the Apache Ambari community we have seen the rapid creation of an enterprise-class management platform required for enabling Apache Hadoop to be an enterprise viable data platform.  Hortonworks engineers and the broader Ambari community have been working hard on their latest release, and we’d like to highlight the exciting progress that’s been made to Ambari, a 100% open and free solution that delivers the features required from an enterprise-class management platform for Apache Hadoop.

Why is the open source Ambari management platform important?

For Apache Hadoop to be an enterprise viable platform it not only needs the Data Services that sit atop core Hadoop (such as Pig, Hive, and HBase), but it also needs the Management Platform to be developed in an open and free manner. Ambari is a key operational component within the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP), which helps make Hadoop deployments for our customers and partners easier and more manageable.

Stability and ease of management are two key requirements for enterprise adoption of Hadoop and Ambari delivers on both of these. Moreover, the rate at which this project is innovating is very exciting.  In under a year, the community has accomplished what has taken years to complete for other solutions. As expected the “ship early and often” philosophy demonstrates innovation and helps encourage a vibrant and widespread following.

Recent and exciting enhancements to Apache Ambari include:

  • Simplified cluster provisioning with a step-by-step install wizard
  • Pre-configured key operational metrics for instant insight into the health of Hadoop Core (Hadoop Distributed File System and MapReduce) and related projects such as HBase, Hive and HCatalog
  • Visualization and analysis of job and task execution to gain a better view into dependencies and performance
  • A complete RESTful API for exposing monitoring information and integrating with existing operational tools
  • An intuitive user interface that makes viewing information and controlling a cluster easy and productive

Hortonworks Data Platform is all about enterprise-ready Hadoop and Ambari is a key project included in our distribution. Our focus as an organization is to innovate throughout all of the Hadoop-related projects and then package the most stable and enterprise ready components into HDP, and Ambari is an important component for users of HDP that are betting their business on Hadoop.

The Ambari project is a perfect example of what is important to us. First and foremost, we are focused on a 100% open source development and delivery model for HDP and second, we are dedicated to making sure Hadoop is reliable and can be trusted by the enterprise and our ecosystem of partners.

We are committed to the mission that HDP is the MOST stable, reliable and enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop distribution available. And that is why we invest in community-driven and enterprise-focused projects such as Ambari.


To learn more about Apache Ambari and the latest project updates or to download the source code, visit the Apache Ambari home page.



Merv Adrian says:

What’s the version number?

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