Tag: Big Data

Small Files on MapR-FS

One of the well-known best practices for HDFS is to store data in few large files, rather than a large number of small ones. There are a few problems related to using many small files but the ultimate HDFS killer…

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Cloudera Challenge 2014

Yesterday, Cloudera released the score reports for their Data Science Challenge 2014 and I was really ecstatic when I received mine with a “PASS” score! This was a real challenge for me and I had to put a LOT of…

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Essential Hadoop Concepts for Systems Administrators

Of course, everyone knows Hadoop as the solution to Big Data. What’s the problem with Big Data? Well, mostly it’s just that Big Data is too big to access and process in a timely fashion on a conventional enterprise system….

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Ambari Blueprints and One-Touch Hadoop Clusters

For those who aren’t familiar, Apache Ambari is the best open source solution for managing your Hadoop cluster: it’s capable of adding nodes, assigning roles, managing configuration and monitoring cluster health. Ambari is HortonWorks’ version of Cloudera Manager and MapR’s Warden, and it has been steadily improving with every release. As of version 1.5.1, Ambari added support for a declarative configuration (called a Blueprint) which makes it easy to automatically create repeatable clusters in the cloud. I’ll give an example of how to use Ambari Blueprints, and compare them with existing one-touch deployment methods for other distributions.

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2014 Hadoop Summit Summary

Last week I was at the 2014 Hadoop Summit in San Jose, trying to keep abreast of the ever-changing Apache landscape: what projects are up-and-coming, what projects are ready for production, and most importantly which projects can solve problems for…

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Microsoft Analytics Platform System: Name Overhaul in Big Data War!

I had the chance to attend a course about what used to be called Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW). PDW was introduced few years ago with the offering of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse , something very few people…

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The Hadoop and the Hare

I speak to a lot of people who are terribly concerned with “real-time”. Can data get into the warehouse in real-time? Can we record everything the user does on the site in real-time? Real-time is a magic phrase, because it…

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Watch: Advanced Hadoop Security Features

As a follow up to a previous video, Pythian CTO Alex Gorbachev gives an overview of the advanced security features within Hadoop. Discover more about our expertise in Hadoop.

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Watch: Hadoop in the Cloud

The Pythian team has received many questions about big data in the cloud, and specifically about Hadoop. Pythian CTO, Alex Gorbachev shares some of his recommendations in our latest video: Discover more about our expertise in Hadoop.

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4 Things Every CMO Should Do Before Approaching IT About Big Data

Read the full article, 4 Things Every CMO Should Do Before Approaching IT About Big Data.   “You’ve likely heard the whispers (or shouts) about Big Data’s potential, how it’s the holy grail of marketing—and it can be. But to…

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