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Parquet at Salesforce.com

The following Parquet blog post was originally published by Salesforce.com Lead Engineer and Apache Pig Committer Prashant Kommireddi (@pRaShAnT1784). Prashant has kindly given us permission to re-publish below. Parquet is an open source columnar storage format co-founded by Twitter and Cloudera.

Parquet is a columnar storage format for Apache Hadoop that uses the concept of repetition/definition levels borrowed from Google Dremel. It provides efficient encoding and compression schemes, the efficiency being improved due to application of aforementioned on a per-column basis (compression is better as column values would all be the same type, encoding is better as values within a column could often be the same and repeated). Here is a nice blog post from Julien Le Dem of Twitter describing Parquet internals.

Distributed Systems Get Simpler with Apache Helix

Our thanks to Kishore Gopalakrishna, staff engineer at LinkedIn and one of the original developers of Apache Helix (incubating), for the introduction below. Cloudera’s Patrick Hunt is a mentor for the project.

With the trend of exploding data growth and the systems in the NoSQL and Big Data space, the number of distributed systems has grown significantly. At LinkedIn, we have built a number of distributed systems over the years. Such systems run on a cluster of multiple servers and need to handle the problems that come with distributed systems. Fault tolerance – that is, availability in the presence of server failures and network problems — is critical to any such system. Horizontal scalability and seamless cluster expansion to handle increasing workloads are also essential properties.

Visualization on Impala: Big, Real-Time, and Raw

The guest post below is provided by Justin Langseth, Founder & CEO of Zoomdata, Inc. Thanks, Justin!

What if you could affordably manage billions of rows of raw Big Data and let typical business people analyze it at the speed of thought in beautiful, interactive visuals? What if you could do all the above without worrying about structuring that data in a data warehouse schema, moving it, and pre-defining reports and dashboards? With the approach I’ll describe below, you can.

How-to: Install Cloudera Manager and Cloudera Search with Ansible

The following guest post is re-published here courtesy of Gerd König, a System Engineer with YMC AG. Thanks, Gerd!

Cloudera Manager is a great tool to orchestrate your CDH-based Apache Hadoop cluster. You can use it from cluster installation, deploying configurations, restarting daemons to monitoring each cluster component. Starting with version 4.6, the manager supports the integration of Cloudera Search, which is currently in Beta state. In this post I’ll show you the required steps to set up a Hadoop cluster via Cloudera Manager and how to integrate Cloudera Search.

How-to: Deploy Hadoop Clusters Automatically with Dell Crowbar and Cloudera Manager

The following guest post, from Mike Pittaro of Dell’s Cloud Software Solutions team, describes his team’s use of the Dell Crowbar tool in conjunction with the Cloudera Manager API to automate cluster provisioning. Thanks, Mike!

Deploying, managing, and operating Apache Hadoop clusters can be complex at all levels of the stack, from the hardware on up. To hide this complexity and reduce deployment time, since 2011, Dell has been using Dell Crowbar in conjunction with Cloudera Manager to deploy the Dell | Cloudera Solution for Apache Hadoop for joint customers.

Announcing Parquet 1.0: Columnar Storage for Hadoop

We’re very happy to re-publish the following post from Twitter analytics infrastructure engineering manager Dmitriy Ryaboy (@squarecog).

In March we announced the Parquet project, the result of a collaboration between Twitter and Cloudera intended to create an open-source columnar storage format library for Apache Hadoop.

Tracking Hadoop Jobs from Your Mac: There’s an App for That

Our thanks to Etsy developer Brad Greenlee (@bgreenlee) for the post below. We think his Mac OS app for JobTracker is great!

JobTracker.app is a Mac menu bar app interface to the Hadoop JobTracker. It provides Growl/Notification Center notices of starting, completed, and failed jobs and gives easy access to the detail pages of those jobs.

Cloudera Partners and Impala: Alteryx

Our thanks to Brian Dirking, Director of Product Marketing for Alteryx, for the guest post below:

At Alteryx we are excited about the release of Cloudera Impala. The impact on Big Data Analytics is that the ability to perform real-time queries on Apache Hadoop will provide faster access and results. This is applicable to our customers, the business users who are running analytics to get access to data, perform analytics, and then follow up with new questions. Insight doesn’t happen all at once. The ability to query and refine quickly is ultimately what will lead business users to insight.

Cloudera Impala and Partners: Tableau

Our thanks to Ted Wasserman, product manager for Tableau, for the guest post below:

Many of our customers are turning to Apache Hadoop as they grapple with their big data challenges. Hadoop offers many benefits such as its scalability, economics, and versatility. Even so, adoption-to-date has largely centered around applications with “batch”-oriented workloads because of the latency imposed by the MapReduce framework. To increase Hadoop’s usefulness and adoption in the business intelligence space where users need fast, interactive response times when they ask a question, a new approach was needed.

Cloudera Partners and Impala: Talend

Our thanks to Yves de Montcheuil, Vice President of Marketing for Talend, for the guest post below:

According to Wikipedia, the impala is a medium-sized African antelope; its name comes from the Zulu language meaning “gazelle”. Like elephants, it is found in savannas, and this may be the link with Hadoop. Impala is also the name of Cloudera’s SQL-on-Apache Hadoop project, launched in beta at Strata last October and just released in version 1.0.

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