With New Product Packaging, Adopting the Platform for Big Data is Even Easier

Today is a big day: Cloudera is not only urging our customers to “Unaccept the Status Quo” (the continued and accelerating spending on data warehousing, expensive data storage, and associated software licenses), but we also announced that Cloudera Search has entered public beta. Now anyone who knows how to do a Google search can query data stored in Cloudera’s Platform for Big Data.

In this post, however, I’d like to explain the new, simpler product naming/packaging structure that will make adopting and deploying Cloudera more straightforward.

Introducing Cloudera Standard

From now on, in addition to CDH, our 100% open source distribution of Apache Hadoop and related projects that is always available to whoever wants to try it, we will offer customers two options that also include Cloudera Manager, our management automation software:

Cloudera StandardNo Charge. No Scaling Limits. Easy Deployment.
(Formerly Cloudera Enterprise Free)

Cloudera Standard was formerly known as Cloudera Enterprise Free. We think “Cloudera Standard” is simpler and easier to digest – and avoids the confusion that comes with having both options called “Cloudera Enterprise.” I hope you agree!

Cloudera Standard remains completely free – it is simply the best choice for a company that wants to get started quickly but doesn’t yet need technical support or legal indemnification from Cloudera.

It includes CDH and Cloudera Manager, without any limits to the number of nodes you can manage. With Cloudera Standard, some of the more enterprise-grade capabilities are not available, like: rolling upgrades & restarts, SNMP support, LDAP integration, and a few other features that mission-critical production deployments may require. For those important capabilities, you might be interested in Cloudera Enterprise (see below).

Since Cloudera Standard is free and includes CDH, you’ll get the power of all the open source projects around Hadoop that you want (including HDFS and MapReduce, Apache HBase, Apache Hive, Apache Pig, Apache Mahout, Apache ZooKeeper, Cloudera Impala, and many others), you can get going right away with a world-class, complete Hadoop deployment without any financial commitment or scaling limits whatsoever.

Cloudera Enterprise (Subscription Based) – The Best Choice for Production Enterprise Hadoop Deployment
(Formerly known as Cloudera Enterprise Core)

When you’re ready to go into production you want not only the world’s best Hadoop distribution, but you will also want the best technical support available anywhere. Cloudera Enterprise is our flagship enterprise-class subscription and includes CDH, Cloudera Manager (with all functionality, including some only available with a Cloudera Enterprise subscription), and 8×5 or 24×7 technical support and legal indemnification.

In addition, by choosing Cloudera Enterprise, you open the door to add other capabilities to your subscription as you wish – powerful tools like:

And when Cloudera Search (beta) becomes generally available, you’ll be able to add:

  • RTS (Real Time Search) – Support for Cloudera Search

Cloudera QuickstartThe Fastest Way to Get Into Production

We also continue to offer several Quickstart bundles that combine Cloudera Enterprise, training through Cloudera University, and a pre-defined set of professional services. This is a great option if your organization is new to Hadoop and you’re not sure exactly how to get into production.

We hope you agree that the new packaging is a little simpler. Whichever option is right for you — CDH, Cloudera Standard, or Cloudera Enterprise — you’ll find that Cloudera offers the best path to a successful Hadoop deployment.

Alan Saldich is Cloudera’s VP, Marketing.

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