Of the many strange-sounding application and product names out there in the industry today, Hadoop remains one of the most recognized. Why? Well, we’ve talked about the impact that data creation, storage and management is having on the overall business atmosphere, it’s the quintessential Big Data problem. Since all that data has no value unless it’s made useful and actionable through analysis, a variety of Big Data analytics software and hardware solutions have been created. The most popular solution on the software side is, of course, Hadoop. Recently, however, DDN announced an exciting new integrated solution to solve the Big Data equation: hScaler.
Based on DDN’s award-winning SFA 12K architecture, hScaler is the world’s first enterprise Hadoop appliance. Unlike many Hadoop installations, hScaler is factory-configured and simple to deploy, eliminating the need for trial-and-error approaches that require substantial expertise and time to configure and tune. The hScaler can be deployed in a matter of hours, compared to homegrown approaches requiring weeks or even months, allowing enterprises to focus on their actual business, and not the mechanics of the Hadoop infrastructure.
Performance-wise, the hScaler is no slouch. Acceleration of the Hadoop shuffle phase through the use of Mellanox InfiniBand and 40GbE RDMA interconnects, ultra-dense storage and an efficient processing infrastructure deliver results up to 7x faster than typical Hadoop installations. That means quicker time-to-insight and a more competitive business.
For enterprise installations, hScaler includes an integrated ETL engine, over 200 connectors for data ingestion and remote manipulation, high availability and management through DDN’s DirectMon framework. Independently scalable storage and compute resources provide additional flexibility and cost savings, as organizations can choose to provision to meet only their current needs, and add resources later as their needs change. Because hScaler’s integrated architecture is four times as dense as commodity installations, additional TCO dollars can be saved in floorspace, power and cooling.
Overall, hScaler looks to be a great all-in-one, plug-n-play package for enterprise organizations that need Big Data results fast, but don’t have the time, resources or desire to build an installation from the ground up.
Find out more about the hScaler Hadoop Appliance at DDN’s website: http://www.ddn.com/en/products/hscaler-appliance and http://www.ddn.com/en/press-releases/2013/new-era-of-hadoop-simplicity