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In this installment of “Meet the Instructor”, our interview subject is Bruce Martin.
What is your role at Cloudera?
The Cloudera QuickStart VM is an important platform for learning any Hadoop-related curriculum.
In the Fall 2013 semester, more than 30 NYU graduate students completed the Real-time and Big Data Analytics course at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, for which I served as instructor.
We at Cloudera University have been busy lately, building and expanding our courses to help data professionals succeed. We’ve expanded the Hadoop Administrator course and created a new Data Analyst course. Now we’ve updated and relaunched our course on Apache HBase to help more organizations adopt Hadoop’s real-time Big Data store as a competitive advantage.
The course is designed to make sure developers and administrators with an HBase use case can start realizing value from day one. We doubled the length of the curriculum to four days, allowing a deep dive into HBase operations as well as development.
I’ve always held a strong bias that education is most effective when the student learns by doing. As a developer of technical curricula, my goal is to have training participants engage with real and relevant problems as much as possible through hands-on exercises. The high rate at which Apache Hadoop is changing, both as a technology and as an ecosystem, makes developing Cloudera training courses not only demanding but also seriously fun and rewarding.
I recently undertook the challenge of upgrading the Cloudera Administrator Training for Apache Hadoop. I more than quadrupled the amount of hands-on exercises from the previous version, adding a full day to the course. At four days, it’s now the most thorough training for Hadoop administrators and truly the best way to start building expertise.
To paraphrase Nate Silver: “There is lots of data coming. Who will speak for all this data?”
Nearly every day, I read new articles about how Big Data is “changing everything.” Data scientists are unlocking new approaches that help researchers find the cure for cancer, banks fight fraud, the police fight drug-related crimes, and fantasy sports leaguers fight each other.
In this installment of “Meet the Instructor,” we speak to St. Louis-based Nathan Neff, the Training Lead for Cloudera’s new Data Analyst course.
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Cloudera’s new Parcels installation format has been released, and I’m excited to highlight just how useful (and mind-blowingly cool) it is to system administrators and anyone responsible for maintaining a CDH cluster.
If you haven’t read about or played with Parcels, they make components of the distribution significantly easier to manage, install, and upgrade. The new Parcel distribution format works with Cloudera Manager 4.5 and later. When you perform installations and upgrades using Parcels, you get access to new Cloudera Manager features such as:
For years, Cloudera has provided virtual machines that give you a working Apache Hadoop environment out-of-the-box. It’s the quickest way to learn and experiment with Hadoop right from your desktop.
We’re constantly updating and improving the QuickStart VM, and in the latest release there are two of Cloudera’s new products that give you easier and faster access to your data: Cloudera Search and Cloudera Impala. We’ve also added corresponding applications to Hue – an open source web-based interface for Hadoop, and the easiest way to interact with your data.
Data analysts and business intelligence specialists have been at the heart of new trends driving business growth over the past decade, including log file and social media analytics. However, Big Data heretofore has been beyond the reach of analysts because traditional tools like relational databases don’t scale, and scalable systems like Apache Hadoop have historically required Java expertise.
Today Cloudera announced a new Cloudera Academic Partnership program, in which participating universities worldwide get access to curriculum, training, certification, and software.
As noted in the press release, the global demand for people with Apache Hadoop and data science skills is dwarfing all supply. We consider it an important mission to help accredited universities meet that demand, by equipping them with the content and training they need to educate students in the Hadoop arts.