Cloudera has updated its Hadoop platform to keep up with the evolution of the open-source framework.
“In the beginning, Hadoop was really a batch-oriented system at the core,” said Matt Brandwein, director of product marketing for Cloudera. “In the latest version of Hadoop, it is now possible to do more than one thing with data, to move beyond just batch.
“We have seen Hadoop rapidly move from a tool that you use on the periphery to just simply feed data into a data warehouse to first-class citizen in enterprise data management.”
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The company’s Hadoop platform, Cloudera Enterprise, sits at the core of an enterprise data hub. An enterprise data hub is a platform that allows customers to put any amount and any variety of data in one place and securely store it there for as long as they need or want, and it lets them use that data in a variety of ways, according to Brandwein.
“The enterprise data hub is really about that consolidation in bringing users and applications to the data instead of moving the data to the applications,” he said.
The latest release, Cloudera Enterprise 5, enhances the enterprise data hub by focusing on security, governance and management.
Cloudera Enterprise 5 transforms Hadoop security to be as close as possible to database-style security in order to give customers the confidence that their data is secure, encrypted at every level, and wrapped in a common security infrastructure.
From a governance perspective, Cloudera Enterprise 5 enables usage auditing for users to see who has done what in clusters. It also provides data lineage, which allows users to see where data is coming and going. To also assist governance, the release provides a capability called Discovery, allowing users to browse and search all the different data inside Hadoop.
For data management, Cloudera Enterprise 5 enables third parties to deploy products inside the cluster and help products coexist to share resources, security, metadata and governance. It also includes YARN for managing multiple resources, making the enterprise data hub easier for customers to use, navigate and manage.
“It is not just about doing more, it is also about ensuring that the platform is a good corporate citizen,” said Brandwein.
Cloudera also announced that through its Connect partner program, more than 100 partner products have been certified on Cloudera Enterprise 5.
“We are impressed by the volume and depth of partners that have chosen to certify their products in advance of Cloudera Enterprise 5 becoming [generally available],” said Tim Stevens, vice president of Cloudera’s business and corporate development, in a press release. “The Cloudera platform was built to allow customers to store any amount and kind of data, and to deploy that data against an analytic infrastructure or application when, how and where needed to achieve the most economical value to their business.”
The certified products include hardware and platform services, extensions for management and security, and tools and applications.