Dell makes Hadoop less complex for customers

Dell believes customers need to focus on delivering deeper insights and enhanced data-driven decision making. This is why Dell provides expert guidance and knowhow to streamline the architecture, design, planning and configuration of Hadoop environments. Customers should be spending time on the use case to enable data solutions and analytics, not the front-end work that must be done before they can get to the business value.

We’ve held this belief for as long as we’ve been developing Hadoop solutions, and today we are still holding true to our core value—make Hadoop less complex for customers by providing flexible, validated architectures.  With the recent launch of a new version of the Cloudera distribution of Hadoop, Dell goes to market with its 18th and 19th versions of validated reference architectures for Hadoop.

We have been out front in this market from the earliest days of Hadoop. Together with Intel, Dell has designed custom Hadoop platforms since 2009, and we published our first Hadoop reference architecture in 2011. This leadership continues today with two new leading-edge configurations for organizations looking for a simplified and affordable solution to capitalize on the open source Apache Hadoop platform.

One of the new end-to-end validated configurations with the hardware, software, services and support is based on the Dell PowerEdge R730xd server, which provides an ideal, flexible building block for Hadoop workloads. This Intel-based system is the world’s top-selling server. It’s used in big data and analytics deployments around the world.

Our other new end-to-end validated configuration is based on the Dell PowerEdge FX2 server. It’s a 2U hybrid rack-based computing platform that combines the density and efficiencies of blades with the simplicity and cost benefits of rack-based systems. This configuration enables our customers to pack twice the capacity into the same footprint.

These validated solutions can help your organization unleash the capabilities of version 5.9 of the Cloudera Distribution of Hadoop (CDH 5.9) on a certified architecture. CDH 5.9 is at once fast for business, easy to manage and secure without compromise. It delivers the performance needed to unlock the potential of unlimited data. It provides the operations that keep mission-critical applications up and running, especially at scale, and it incorporates a comprehensive, integrated approach to data security and governance.

Of course, I’m just scratching the surface here. If you have any doubts about whether Hadoop is ready for the enterprise, I encourage you to take a close-up look at the features in CDH 5.9 and the capabilities of the new Dell reference architectures for Cloudera Hadoop.

When you base your Hadoop environment on one of these validated configurations, you gain not just a proven Hadoop solution but also the confidence that comes with a partner who has provided innovative server platforms for big data since 2009. Dell was an early leader in Hadoop implementations, and today that leadership continues as Hadoop makes deeper and deeper roads into the enterprise.

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About the Author: Armando Acosta

Armando Acosta has been involved in the IT Industry over the last 15 years with experience in architecting IT solutions and product-marketing, management, planning, and strategy. Armando’s latest role has been focused on Big Data|Hadoop solutions, addressing solutions that build new capabilities for emerging customer needs, and assists with the roadmap for new products and features. Armando is a graduate of University of Texas at Austin and resides in Austin, TX.