SoftLayer Partners With Cloudera on Big Data Offering

SoftLayer has partnered with Cloudera to offer its flavor of Apache Hadoop on SoftLayer's bare metal infrastructure. Expanding capabilities among Big Data continues to be a major focus for cloud providers.

Jason Verge

October 28, 2013

2 Min Read
SoftLayer Partners With Cloudera on Big Data Offering
Servers at an IBM SoftLayer data center. (Photo: SoftLayer)



A rack filled with servers in a SoftLayer data center. The IBM cloud computing unit today announced a partnership with Cloudera on Apache Hadoop solutions. (Photo: SoftLayer)

Cloud providers continue to expand their big data solutions portfolios through partnering. SoftLayer, an IBM company, is teaming with Cloudera to offer turnkey, multi-server infrastructure Apache Hadoop big data solutions. The goal is to make it easy to design and deploy Cloudera applications on-demand and in real-time through SoftLayer's web-based Solution Design, portal and API.

The solutions are built on bare metal servers optimized specifically for runningCloudera on SoftLayer’s global cloud infrastructure. These systems are available with a wide range of options to tailor memory and storage. Cloudera supplies the management platform based on Apache Hadoop, while SoftLayer provides the infrastructure.

“Cloudera customers are looking for the paramount solution for managing vast amounts of varied data,” said Tim Stevens VP of Business Development at Cloudera.  “With automated deployment of robust bare metal infrastructure to support the program, Cloudera’s joint solution with SoftLayer will push big data solutions into an even higher level of performance and reliability.”

Bare Metal’s High Performance Meets Big Data

Cloudera provides scalable and powerful tools for managing and analyzing vast amounts of varied data using the open source Apache Hadoop. The standard version of Cloudera is free, which combines an enterprise ready version of Hadoop with Cloudera manager, which provides robust cluster management capabilities like automated deployment, centralized administration, monitoring and diagnostic tools.

The Enterprise version of Cloudera adds Cloudera Navigator for data management, technical support, indemnity, and open source advocacy. Additional capabilities such as data management and disaster recovery can be added to Cloudera Enterprise through add-on subscriptions.

"Running big data applications on bare metal servers gives users both the raw performance and consistency they need to analyze vast amounts of data in real-time,” says Marc Jones, VP of product innovation for SoftLayer. “The ability to provision a large scale Hadoop cluster in just a few hours sets this offering apart with speed and agility. We’re pushing the envelope of what’s possible on the cloud by giving enterprises the power and flexibility they need to tackle the toughest workloads.”

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