MapR also announced that its Hadoop distribution is now available through Amazon Web Service's Elastic MapReduce Service (EMR). MapR's is the first external distribution that Amazon uses, Norris said. Organizations could use the company's M5 service on Amazon as a way of backing up an internal Hadoop on the cloud, or moving internal jobs to Amazon for additional bursts of processing power.
Cloudera and Hortonworks have also released new Hadoop packages this week. Cloudera has extended its package to handle data-processing algorithms other than the default MapReduce now in use. For its first full commercial release, Hortonworks emphasized a full set of lifecycle-management tools, as well as a metadata catalogue that should ease the interoperability with other data analysis software.
Those interested in running Hadoop in a virtual environment now have some help from VMware. The company has released open-source software, called Serengeti, that will allow administrators to deploy Hadoop nodes in virtual containers, which then can be managed through VMware's vCenter, said Fausto Ibarra, senior director of product management for VMware. Using Serengeti eliminates the need to configure the network settings of each node by hand, he said.
Also updating its Hadoop package is DataStax, which pairs Hadoop with its Cassandra nonrelational database. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) 2.1 will run 20 percent faster than the previous version, the company claims. Such speed is important for systems that mix time-sensitive transactional work and analysis. The software also includes the capability of spanning a Hadoop cluster across multiple data centers.
New packages are also being introduced that can tie Hadoop with other types of data-analysis platforms.
By the end of the year, data warehouse vendor Teradata will release a new query language, called SQL-H, for its Aster Database. SQL-H will allow users of its Aster MapReduce Appliance to query data stored in Hadoop Distributed File Systems (HDFS), without the need to work with MapReduce or HDFS directly. The software uses the metadata compiled in the open source Apache HCatalog project.
Business intelligence software provider Pentaho has announced that its analysis software has been certified by Dell to run on the company's Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, a package of servers with pre-installed with Hadoop and Dell's Crowbar management software. Users can study Hadoop data through the Pentaho's GUI (graphical user interface).