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Deploying Apache Kafka: A Practical FAQ

This post contains answers to common questions about deploying and configuring Apache Kafka as part of a Cloudera-powered enterprise data hub.

Cloudera added support for Apache Kafka, the open standard for streaming data, in February 2015 after its brief incubation period in Cloudera Labs. Apache Kafka now is an integrated part of CDH, manageable via Cloudera Manager, and we are witnessing rapid adoption of Kafka across our customer base.

New in CDH 5.4: Sensitive Data Redaction

The best data protection strategy is to remove sensitive information from everyplace it’s not needed.

Have you ever wondered what sort of “sensitive” information might wind up in Apache Hadoop log files? For example, if you’re storing credit card numbers inside HDFS, might they ever “leak” into a log file outside of HDFS? What about SQL queries? If you have a query like select * from table where creditcard = '1234-5678-9012-3456', where is that query information ultimately stored?

New in CDH 5.4: Apache HBase Request Throttling

The following post about the new request throttling feature in HBase 1.1 (now shipping in CDH 5.4) originally published in the ASF blog. We re-publish it here for your convenience.

Running multiple workloads on HBase has always been challenging, especially  when trying to execute real-time workloads while concurrently running analytical jobs. One possible way to address this issue is to throttle analytical MR jobs so that real-time workloads are less affected.

Cloudera Enterprise 5.4 is Released

We’re pleased to announce the release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.4 (comprising CDH 5.4, Cloudera Manager 5.4, and Cloudera Navigator 2.3).

Cloudera Enterprise 5.4 (Release Notes) reflects critical investments in a production-ready customer experience through  governance, security, performance and deployment flexibility in cloud environments. It also includes support for a significant number of updated open standard components–including Apache Spark 1.3, Impala 2.2, and Apache HBase 1.0 (as well as unsupported beta releases of Hive-on-Spark data processing and OpenStack deployments).

Checklist for Painless Upgrades to CDH 5

Following these best practices can make your upgrade path to CDH 5 relatively free of obstacles.

Upgrading the software that powers mission-critical workloads can be challenging in any circumstance. In the case of CDH, however, Cloudera Manager makes upgrades easy, and the built-in Upgrade Wizard, available with Cloudera Manager 5, further simplifies the upgrade process. The wizard performs service-specific upgrade steps that, previously, you had to run manually, and also features a rolling restart capability that reduces downtime for minor and maintenance version upgrades. (Please refer to this blog post or webinar to learn more about the Upgrade Wizard).

New in Cloudera Manager 5.3: Easier CDH Upgrades

An improved upgrade wizard in Cloudera Manager 5.3 makes it easy to upgrade CDH on your clusters.

Upgrades can be hard, and any downtime to mission-critical workloads can have a direct impact on revenue. Upgrading the software that powers these workloads can often be an overwhelming and uncertain task that can create unpredictable issues. Apache Hadoop can be especially complex as it consists of dozens of components running across multiple machines. That’s why an enterprise-grade administration tool is necessary for running Hadoop in production, and is especially important when taking the upgrade plunge.

Cloudera Enterprise 5.3 is Released

We’re pleased to announce the release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.3 (comprising CDH 5.3, Cloudera Manager 5.3, and Cloudera Navigator 2.2).

This release continues the drumbeat for security functionality in particular, with HDFS encryption (jointly developed with Intel under Project Rhino) now recommended for production use. This feature alone should justify upgrades for security-minded users (and an improved CDH upgrade wizard makes that process easier).

New in CDH 5.2: Improvements for Running Multiple Workloads on a Single HBase Cluster

These new Apache HBase features in CDH 5.2 make multi-tenant environments easier to manage.

Historically, Apache HBase treats all tables, users, and workloads with equal weight. This approach is sufficient for a single workload, but when multiple users and multiple workloads were applied on the same cluster or table, conflicts can arise. Fortunately, starting with HBase in CDH 5.2 (HBase 0.98 + backports), workloads and users can now be prioritized.

For Apache Hadoop, The POODLE Attack Has Lost Its Bite

A significant vulnerability affecting the entire Apache Hadoop ecosystem has now been patched. What was involved?

By now, you may have heard about the POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) attack on TLS (Transport Layer Security). This attack combines a cryptographic flaw in the obsolete SSLv3 protocol with the ability of an attacker to downgrade TLS connections to use that protocol. The result is that an active attacker on the same network as the victim can potentially decrypt parts of an otherwise encrypted channel. The only immediately workable fix has been to disable the SSLv3 protocol entirely.

Guidelines for Installing CDH Packages on Unsupported Operating Systems

Installing CDH on newer unsupported operating systems (such as Ubuntu 13.04 and later) can lead to conflicts. These guidelines will help you avoid them.

Some of the more recently released operating systems that bundle portions of the Apache Hadoop stack in their respective distro repositories can conflict with software from Cloudera repositories. Consequently, when you set up CDH for installation on such an OS, you may end up picking up packages with the same name from the OS’s distribution instead of Cloudera’s distribution. Package installation may succeed, but using the installed packages may lead to unforeseen errors. 

How Cerner Uses CDH with Apache Kafka

Our thanks to Micah Whitacre, a senior software architect on Cerner Corp.’s Big Data Platforms team, for the post below about Cerner’s use case for CDH + Apache Kafka. (Kafka integration with CDH is currently incubating in Cloudera Labs.)

Over the years, Cerner Corp., a leading Healthcare IT provider, has utilized several of the core technologies available in CDH, Cloudera’s software platform containing Apache Hadoop and related projects—including HDFS, Apache HBase, Apache Crunch, Apache Hive, and Apache Oozie. Building upon those technologies, we have been able to architect solutions to handle our diverse ingestion and processing requirements.

New in CDH 5.2: New Security App and More in Hue

Thanks to new improvements in Hue, CDH 5.2 offers the best GUI yet for using Hadoop.

CDH 5.2 includes important new usability functionality via Hue, the open source GUI that makes Apache Hadoop easy to use. In addition to shipping a brand-new app for managing security permissions, this release is particularly feature-packed, and is becoming a great complement to BI tools from Cloudera partners like Tableau, MicroStrategy, and Zoomdata because a more usable Hadoop translates into better BI overall across your organization! 

New in CDH 5.2: Impala Authentication with LDAP and Kerberos

Impala authentication can now be handled by a combination of LDAP and Kerberos. Here’s why, and how.

Impala, the open source analytic database for Apache Hadoop, supports authentication—the act of proving you are who you say you are—using both Kerberos and LDAP. Kerberos has been supported since release 1.0, LDAP support was added more recently, and with CDH 5.2, you can use both at the same time.

New in CDH 5.2: Apache Sentry Delegated GRANT and REVOKE

This new feature, jointly developed by Cloudera and Intel engineers, makes management of role-based security much easier in Apache Hive, Impala, and Hue.

Apache Sentry (incubating) provides centralized authorization for services and applications in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem, allowing administrators to set up granular, role-based protection on resources, and to review them in one place. Previously, Sentry only designated administrators to GRANT and REVOKE privileges on an authorizable object. In Apache Sentry 1.5.0 (shipping inside CDH 5.2), we have implemented a new feature (SENTRY-327) that allows admin users to delegate the GRANT privilege to other users using WITH GRANT OPTION. If a user has the GRANT OPTION privilege on a specific resource, the user can now grant the GRANT privilege to other users on the same resource. Apache Hive, Impala, and Hue have all been updated to take advantage of this new Sentry functionality.

New in CDH 5.2: More SQL Functionality and Compatibility for Impala 2.0

Impala 2.0 is the most SQL-complete/SQL-compatible release yet.

As we reported in the most recent roadmap update (“What’s Next for Impala: Focus on Advanced SQL Functionality”), more complete SQL functionality (and better SQL compatibility with other vendor extensions) is a major theme in Impala 2.0.

Introducing Cloudera Labs: An Open Look into Cloudera Engineering R&D

Cloudera Labs contains ecosystem innovations that one day may bring developers more functionality or productivity in CDH.

Since its inception, one of the defining characteristics of Apache Hadoop has been its ability to evolve/reinvent and thrive at the same time. For example, two years ago, nobody could have predicted that the formative MapReduce engine, one of the cornerstones of “original” Hadoop, would be marginalized or even replaced. Yet today, that appears to be happening via Apache Spark, with Hadoop becoming the stronger for it. Similarly, we’ve seen other relatively new components, like Impala, Apache Parquet (incubating), and Apache Sentry (also incubating), become widely adopted in relatively short order.

Cloudera Enterprise 5.2 is Released

Cloudera Enterprise 5.2 contains new functionality for security, cloud deployments, and real-time architectures, and support for the latest open source component releases and partner technologies.

We’re pleased to announce the release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.2 (comprising CDH 5.2, Cloudera Manager 5.2, Cloudera Director 1.0, and Cloudera Navigator 2.1).

The Definitive "Getting Started" Tutorial for Apache Hadoop + Your Own Demo Cluster

Using this new tutorial alongside Cloudera Live is now the fastest, easiest, and most hands-on way to get started with Hadoop.

At Cloudera, developer enablement is one of our most important objectives. One only has to look at examples from history (Java or SQL, for example) to know that knowledge fuels the ecosystem. That objective is what drives initiatives such as our community forums, the Cloudera QuickStart VM, and this blog itself.

How-to: Install CDH on Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks

This overview will cover the basic tarball setup for your Mac.

If you’re an engineer building applications on CDH and becoming familiar with all the rich features for designing the next big solution, it becomes essential to have a native Mac OSX install. Sure, you may argue that your MBP with its four-core, hyper-threaded i7, SSD, 16GB of DDR3 memory are sufficient for spinning up a VM, and in most instances — such as using a VM for a quick demo — you’re right.  However, when experimenting with a slightly heavier workload that is a bit more resource intensive, you’ll want to explore a native install.

Running CDH 5 on GlusterFS 3.3

The following post was written by Jay Vyas (@jayunit100) and originally published in the Gluster.org Community.

I have recently spent some time getting Cloudera’s CDH 5 distribution of Apache Hadoop to work on GlusterFS 3.3 using Distributed Replicated 2 Volumes. This is made possible by the fact that Apache Hadoop has a pluggable filesystem architecture that allows the computational components within the CDH 5 distribution to be configured to use alternative filesystems to HDFS. In this case, one can configure CDH 5 to use the Hadoop FileSystem plugin for GlusterFS (glusterfs-hadoop), which allows it to run on GlusterFS 3.3. I’ve provided a diagram below that illustrates the CDH 5 core processes and how they interact with GlusterFS.

Apache Hadoop 2.5.0 is Released

The Apache Hadoop community has voted to release Apache Hadoop 2.5.0.

Apache Hadoop 2.5.0 is a minor release in the 2.x release line and includes some major features and improvements, including:

New in CDH 5.1: HDFS Read Caching

Applications using HDFS, such as Impala, will be able to read data up to 59x faster thanks to this new feature.

Server memory capacity and bandwidth have increased dramatically over the last few years. Beefier servers make in-memory computation quite attractive, since a lot of interesting data sets can fit into cluster memory, and memory is orders of magnitude faster than disk.

New in CDH 5.1: Hue’s Improved Search App

An improved Search app in Hue 3.6 makes the Hadoop user experience even better.

Hue 3.6 (now packaged in CDH 5.1) has brought the second version of the Search App up to even higher standards. The user experience has been greatly improved, as the app now provides a very easy way to build custom dashboards and visualizations.

New in CDH 5.1: Apache Spark 1.0

Spark 1.0 reflects a lot of hard work from a very diverse community.

Cloudera’s latest platform release, CDH 5.1, includes Apache Spark 1.0, a milestone release for the Spark project that locks down APIs for Spark’s core functionality. The release reflects the work of hundreds of contributors (including our own Diana Carroll, Mark Grover, Ted Malaska, Colin McCabe, Sean Owen, Hari Shreedharan, Marcelo Vanzin, and me).

New in CDH 5.1: Document-level Security for Cloudera Search

Cloudera Search now supports fine-grain access control via document-level security provided by Apache Sentry.

In my previous blog post, you learned about index-level security in Apache Sentry (incubating) and Cloudera Search. Although index-level security is effective when the access control requirements for documents in a collection are homogenous, often administrators want to restrict access to certain subsets of documents in a collection.

Cloudera Enterprise 5.1 is Now Available

Cloudera Enterprise’s newest release contains important new security and performance features, and offers support for the latest innovations in the open source platform.

We’re pleased to announce the release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.1 (comprising CDH 5.1, Cloudera Manager 5.1, and Cloudera Navigator 2.0).

How-to: Install a Virtual Apache Hadoop Cluster with Vagrant and Cloudera Manager

It’s been a while since we provided a how-to for this purpose. Thanks, Daan Debie (@DaanDebie), for allowing us to re-publish the instructions below (for CDH 5)!

I recently started as a Big Data Engineer at The New Motion. While researching our best options for running an Apache Hadoop cluster, I wanted to try out some of the features available in the newest version of Cloudera’s Hadoop distribution: CDH 5. Of course I could’ve downloaded the QuickStart VM, but I rather wanted to run a virtual cluster, making use of the 16GB of RAM my shiny new 15″ Retina Macbook Pro has ;)

Bringing the Best of Apache Hive 0.13 to CDH Users

More than 300 bug fixes and stable features in Apache Hive 0.13 have already been backported into CDH 5.0.0.

Last week, the Hive community voted to release Hive 0.13. We’re excited about the continued efforts and progress in the project and the latest release — congratulations to all contributors involved!

Cloudera Live: The Instant Apache Hadoop Experience

Get started with Apache Hadoop and use-case examples online in just seconds.

Today, we announced the Cloudera Live Read-Only Demo, a new online service for developers and analysts (currently in public beta) that makes it easy to learn, explore, and try out CDH, Cloudera’s open source software distribution containing Apache Hadoop and related projects. No downloads, no installations, no waiting — just point-and-play!

How-to: Run a Simple Apache Spark App in CDH 5

Getting started with Spark (now shipping inside CDH 5) is easy using this simple example.

(Editor’s note – this post has been updated to reflect CDH 5.1/Spark 1.0)

Hello, Apache Hadoop 2.4.0

The community has voted to release Apache Hadoop 2.4.0.

Hadoop 2.4.0 includes myriad improvements to HDFS and MapReduce, including (but not limited to):

Cloudera Enterprise 5 is Now Generally Available!

The GA release of Cloudera Enterprise 5 signifies the evolution of the platform from a mere Apache Hadoop distribution into an enterprise data hub.

We are thrilled to announce the GA release of Cloudera Enterprise 5 (comprising CDH 5.0 and Cloudera Manager 5.0). 

Best Practices for Deploying Cloudera Enterprise on Amazon Web Services

This FAQ contains answers to the most frequently asked questions about the architecture and configuration choices involved.

In December 2013, Cloudera and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a partnership to support Cloudera Enterprise on AWS infrastructure. Along with this announcement, we released a Deployment Reference Architecture Whitepaper. In this post, you’ll get answers to the most frequently asked questions about the architecture and the configuration choices that have been highlighted in that whitepaper.

Cloudera Enterprise 5 Beta 2 is Available: More New Features and Components

Cloudera has released the Beta 2 version of Cloudera Enterprise 5 (comprises CDH 5.0.0 and Cloudera Manager 5.0.0). 

This release (download) contains a number of new features and component versions including the ones below:

Spark is Now Generally Available for Cloudera Enterprise

Cloudera is announcing the general availability of support for Spark, bringing interactive machine learning and stream processing to enterprise data hubs.

Cloudera is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its first release of Apache Spark for Cloudera Enterprise (comprising CDH and Cloudera Manager).

How Wajam Answers Business Questions Faster With Hadoop

Thanks to Xavier Clements of Wajam for allowing us to re-publish his blog post about Wajam’s Hadoop experiences below!

Wajam is a social search engine that gives you access to the knowledge of your friends. We gather your friends’ recommendations from Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms and serve these back to you on supported sites like Google, eBay, TripAdvisor, and Wikipedia.

How-to: Create a Simple Hadoop Cluster with VirtualBox

Set up a CDH-based Hadoop cluster in less than an hour using VirtualBox and Cloudera Manager.

Thanks to Christian Javet for his permission to republish his blog post below!

Accumulo Comes to CDH

Apache Accumulo is now generally available on CDH 4.

Cloudera is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its first release of Accumulo packaged to run under CDH, our open source distribution of Apache Hadoop and related projects and the foundational infrastructure for Enterprise Data Hubs.

What’s New in Cloudera Manager 5?

Learn the new features and enhancements in Cloudera Manager 5, including support for YARN, management of third-party apps and frameworks, and more.

The response to the Oct. 2013 release of Cloudera Enterprise 5 Beta has been overwhelming, and Cloudera is busily working closely with several customers to incorporate their feedback.

Write MapReduce Jobs in Idiomatic Clojure with Parkour

Thanks to Marshall Bockrath-Vandegrift of advanced threat detection/malware company (and CDH user) Damballa for the following post about his Parkour project, which offers libraries for writing MapReduce jobs in Clojure. Parkour has been tested (but is not supported) on CDH 3 and CDH 4.

Clojure is Lisp-family functional programming language which targets the JVM. On the Damballa R&D team, Clojure has become the language of choice for implementing everything from web services to machine learning systems. One of Clojure’s key features for us is that it was designed from the start as an explicitly hosted language, building on rather than replacing the semantics of its underlying platform. Clojure’s mapping from language features to JVM implementation is frequently simpler and clearer even than Java’s.

Putting Spark to Use: Fast In-Memory Computing for Your Big Data Applications

Our thanks to Databricks, the company behind Apache Spark (incubating), for providing the guest post below. Cloudera and Databricks recently announced that Cloudera will distribute and support Spark in CDH. Look for more posts describing Spark internals and Spark + CDH use cases in the near future.

BinaryPig: Scalable Static Binary Analysis Over Hadoop

Our thanks to Telvis Calhoun, Zach Hanif, and Jason Trost of Endgame for the guest post below about their BinaryPig application for large-scale malware analysis on Apache Hadoop. Endgame uses data science to bring clarity to the digital domain, allowing its federal and commercial partners to sense, discover, and act in real time.

How-to: Use Cascading Pattern with R and CDH

Our thanks to Concurrent Inc. for the how-to below about using Cascading Pattern with CDH. Cloudera recently tested CDH 4.4 with the Cascading Compatibility Test Suite verifying compatibility with Cascading 2.2.

Cascading Pattern is a machine-learning project within the Cascading development framework used to build enterprise data workflows. Cascading provides an abstraction layer on top of Apache Hadoop and other computing topologies that allows enterprises to leverage existing skills and resources to build data processing applications on Hadoop, without the need for specialized Hadoop skills.

Cascading, Spring, and Spark: Development Choices for CDH Users Expand

In software development, there is no substitute for having choices. Furthermore, freedom of choice – between frameworks, APIs, and languages — is a major fuel source for platform adoption across any successful ecosystem.

In the case of development on CDH, the open source core of Cloudera’s Big Data platform containing Apache Hadoop and related ecosystem projects, the choices have expanded dramatically in the past three weeks:

Cloudera Enterprise 5 Beta is Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce the beta release of Cloudera Enterprise 5 (CDH 5 and Cloudera Manager 5). This release has both Cloudera Impala and Cloudera Search integrated into CDH. It also includes many new features and updated component versions including the ones below:

Hello, Starbase: A Python Wrapper for the HBase REST API

The following guest post is provided by Artur Barseghyan, a web developer currently employed by Goldmund, Wyldebeast & Wunderliebe in The Netherlands.

Python is my personal (and primary) programming language of choice and also happens to be the primary programming language at my company. So, when starting to work with a new technology, I prefer to use a clean and easy (Pythonic!) API.

Secrets of Cloudera Support: Impala and Search Make the Customer Experience Even Better

In December 2012, we described how an internal application built on CDH called Cloudera Support Interface (CSI), which drastically improves Cloudera’s ability to optimally support our customers, is a unique and instructive use case for Apache Hadoop. In this post, we’ll follow up by describing two new differentiating CSI capabilities that have made Cloudera Support yet more responsive for customers:

Cloudera Search is Now Generally Available

After three months of public beta, and months of private beta before that, Cloudera Search is now generally available. At this milestone, Cloudera has contributed its innovations and IP around the integration of Apache Solr and Apache Lucene with CDH back to the respective upstream projects. The GA of Cloudera Search also signifies the completion of a vast amount of hardening, integration, simplification, and packaging work.

Features of Cloudera Search 1.0 include:

New Cloudera and Cisco Reference Architecture Now Available

Cloudera and Cisco are announcing a joint solution today, the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Cloudera Enterprise reference architecture.

What’s our reasoning behind this new reference architecture?

Hadoop 2 is Now a Beta

As announced last Sunday (Aug. 25) on the project mailing list, Apache Hadoop 2.1.0 is the first beta release for Hadoop 2. (See the Release Notes for full list of new features and fixes.) Our congratulations to the Hadoop community for reaching this important milestone in the ongoing adoption of the core Hadoop platform!

With the release of this new beta, and the follow-on GA release on the horizon, we expect to see more customers exploring Hadoop 2 for production use cases. In fact, the upcoming CDH5 beta will be based on the Hadoop 2 GA release, delivering features that we’ve thoroughly tested against enterprise requirements, including (but not limited to):

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