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Hortonworks Sandbox Opens Up Enterprise Apache Hadoop To Newbies


Written by  Sorab Ghaswalla | 25 January 2013
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hortonworks sandboxIf you an IT professional or an agency offering enterprise solutions, you can now get a first look or have a hands-on experience with Hortonworks, the open source data management platform powered by Apache Hadoop, before deciding to integrate it with any system.

Hortonworks, the commercial vendor of Apache Hadoop, has announced the Hortonworks Sandbox, a comprehensive, easy-to-use, free piece of software that gives potential customers a hands-on learning environment for evaluating or using Apache Hadoop in their own enterprise. The latter is an open-source software framework that supports data-intensive distributed applications; licensed under the Apache v2 license on large clusters of commodity hardware According to a press release issued by Hortonworks, the Sandbox addresses the gap between the learning process and the complex task of setting up the data platform. The Sandbox is a small Hadoop cluster with an integrated environment where users, Hadoop novices or experts, can access demos and videos and multi-level, step-by-step, hands-on tutorials.

The free, self-contained virtual machine with Hadoop pre-configured has been built using the new Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) 1.2, the industry’s only enterprise-ready, 100 per cent open source platform powered by Apache Hadoop, the release added.

Hortonworks is one of the leading commercial vendors of Apache Hadoop, the open source platform for storing, managing and analysing big data. It is now making Hadoop more robust and easier for clients to install, manage and use.

For the Hortonworks Sandbox, a team of the original architects, developers and operators of Apache Hadoop, will regularly update the learning materials providing access to new content showcasing both partner solutions and increasingly sophisticated tutorials. Additionally, users can upload their own datasets to test and validate the use of Apache Hadoop within their own data architectures.

“Alteryx and Hortonworks are both working to ensure the largest number of organisations get the maximum value from big data. The Hortonworks Sandbox will allow our customers to quickly build and test big data analytics in an easy-to-use, enterprise-grade distribution of Apache Hadoop,” said Paul Ross, Vice-president of Product Marketing, Alteryx. “By simplifying Apache Hadoop learning and testing, Hortonworks is helping any organization evaluate the potential impact of Hadoop and big data analytics, supporting the Alteryx mission to Humanize Big Data.”

It will be very simple to download the Sandbox. Once done, users will have access to a complete learning and evaluation environment that will allow them to investigate and evaluate the features of leading Apache Hadoop projects, such as Apache Pig, Apache Hive, Apache HCatalog and Apache HBase, to fully explore the possibilities of the open source big data platform. The integrated learning tutorials are developed based on the direct experience of the Hortonworks training team who create and deliver classes for students to learn to develop and administer Apache Hadoop.

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Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla

Sorab Ghaswalla is the Founder of India-based digital world consultancy firm, New Age Content Services LLP, an Internet Entrepreneur & Consultant, a journalist, and owner/Editor of 2 websites. In his free time, he contemplates the larger implications of digital life.

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