A little while ago I blogged about (and open sourced) an Impala-powered soccer visualization demo, designed to demonstrate just how responsive Impala queries can be. Since not everyone has the time or resources to run the project themselves, we’ve decided to host it ourselves on an EC2 instance.
Building a secure Hadoop cluster requires protecting a number of services which comprise Hadoop infrastructure. If you are using CDH distribution, then Cloudera Manager (CM) is one of the components that needs to be secured. There is a good step by step guide in CM documentation, and it’s easy to follow for one server, but what when you have hundreds of them? There are different approaches to the problem of managing server’s configuration at scale, but I’d like to focus on Ansible which is a neat framework for parallel commands execution and complex rollouts.
Modern commercial supercomputing in the age of Datafication is what we today call Big Data. I think a better term for it would be Data Supercomputing but the industry has already spoken so Big Data it is. The architecture shifted from environments that required massively-parallel compute-intensive number crunching to massively-parallel data-volume-intensive processing.
HDFS authentication model changed in recent releases, but documentation is stale which can lead people into thinking HDFS is using very primitive authentication
Do DBAs have a role to play with Hadoop clusters? If so, what is that role and what skills they need to get there. I provide the answers to these questions in this post.
Before I would dig into the mechanics under the hood of the hadoop beastie (which is the part, I assume, that is going to be heady as hell), I thought it would be a good idea to play a little bit with some of its applications to give me a feel for the lay of the land. Let’s have a look, shall we.