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September 04, 2014
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Cisco Strengthens Big Data Support

Big data growth continues to be a major consumer of enterprise IT resources with no end in sight. To gain value out of this data, organizations are creating new analytic applications for their business users. This growth in data and applications impacts hardware, networking and software resource consumption in the data center. CIOs are looking for ways to future proof their data management infrastructure and to be more efficient about how they monitor and manage their Apache Hadoop clusters. Today our close partner Cisco announced UCS Director Express for Big Data to help organizations address these challenges and further leverage their existing IT skills.

About UCS Director Express for Big Data

UCS Director Express for Big Data provides a single touch solution that automates deployment of Apache Hadoop and provides a single management pane across both physical infrastructure and Hadoop software. It is integrated with major open-source distributions to ensure consistent and repeatable Hadoop UCS cluster configuration, relieving customers from manual operations.

Key benefits of the UCS Director Express for Big Data include:

  • Delivers scalable and reliable Hadoop deployment on UCS Big Data clusters
  • Provides appliance like capabilities for Big Data
  • Centralized visibility across Hadoop and physical infrastructure
  • Powerful interface for further integration into third party tools and services
  • Greater IT agility = increased IT impact on business Better business outcomes with faster time to value from Big Data

Preparing for App Growth with Integrated Open Source Monitoring

The Hortonworks and Cisco engineering teams have been working together to integrate Cisco UCS Director Express for Big Data edition with Apache Ambari providing a single pane of glass to monitor hardware, networking and the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). This enables organizations to correlate statistics coming from their Hadoop cluster with hardware and network statistics to get a more holistic view of performance and potential sources of problems. Users can more quickly identify the root causes of issues that can impact their ability to support the business.

Ambari is the open source monitoring and management software that has been developed through a broad community effort and is utilized by organizations such as Microsoft. This integration helps them prepare for application growth that the business will use get more value.

We are excited to see continued integration of 100% Apache Hadoop with the key ecosystem technologies the enterprise needs.

For more information on our partnership with Cisco see here

For more information on Ambari see here

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