Vmware launches Pro­ject Serengeti to vir­tu­al­ize Hadoop

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VMware is launch­ing an open source pro­ject, Serengeti, to come up with changes to Hadoop that en­able it to be de­ployed on vir­tual, as well as phys­i­cal server. Hadoop is gain­ing ground as a dis­trib­uted sys­tem for han­dling Big Data, how­ever, de­ploy­ment and op­er­a­tional com­plex­ity, the need for ded­i­cated hard­ware, and con­cerns about se­cu­rity and ser­vice level as­sur­ance pre­vent many en­ter­prises from lever­ag­ing the power of Hadoop. By de­cou­pling Apache Hadoop nodes from the un­der­ly­ing phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture, VMware aims to bring the ben­e­fits of cloud in­fra­struc­ture — rapid de­ploy­ment, high-avail­abil­ity, op­ti­mal re­source uti­liza­tion, elas­tic­ity, and se­cure multi-ten­ancy to Hadoop. VMware is also work­ing with the Apache Hadoop com­mu­nity to con­trib­ute ex­ten­sions that will make key com­po­nents “vir­tu­al­iza­tion-aware” to sup­port elas­tic scal­ing and fur­ther im­prove Hadoop per­for­mance in vir­tual en­vi­ron­ments. “Apache Hadoop has the po­ten­tial to trans­form busi­ness by al­low­ing en­ter­prises to har­ness very large amounts of data for com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage,” said Jerry Chen, Vice Pres­i­dent, Cloud and Ap­pli­ca­tion Ser­vices, VMware. “It rep­re­sents one di­men­sion of a sweep­ing change that is tak­ing place in ap­pli­ca­tions, and en­ter­prises are look­ing for ways to in­cor­po­rate th­ese new tech­nolo­gies into their port­fo­lios. VMware is work­ing with the Apache Hadoop com­mu­nity to al­low en­ter­prise IT to de­ploy and man­age Hadoop eas­ily in their vir­tual and cloud en­vi­ron­ments.”

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