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Tips and Tricks for Running Spark on Hadoop, Part 1

As more of our customers begin running Spark on Hadoop, we’ve identified—and helped them to overcome—some challenges they commonly face. To help other organizations tackle these hurdles, we’re launching this series of blog posts that will share tips and tricks for quickly getting up and running on Spark and reducing overall time to value.

Our focus is Spark running on […]

By |May 19th, 2015|Spark|Comments Off on Tips and Tricks for Running Spark on Hadoop, Part 1|

The Power of Community: Apache Hadoop Global Bug Bash

Last Friday, May 8th, Altiscale had the pleasure and honor of organizing a unique event for the Apache Hadoop community. Along with co-sponsors Hortonworks, Huawei, Infosys, and Pivotal, we held a global bug bashing event that involved registrants from eight countries and nine time zones. Over 150 people volunteered to participate in a day of work, as a collaborative […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Open Beta Platform|Comments Off on The Power of Community: Apache Hadoop Global Bug Bash|

Altiscale Named a 2015 Cool Vendor in Big Data by Gartner

Altiscale is excited to be named a 2015 Cool Vendor in Big Data by Gartner, Inc.*

In the report, Gartner notes the following regarding the reality of big data in enterprises…

“In short, with new technologies getting data volumes under control — through prescriptive analytics benefiting from high-velocity data, and with analytical technologies gradually expanding the variety of data types being analyzed […]

By |May 7th, 2015|Big Data|Comments Off on Altiscale Named a 2015 Cool Vendor in Big Data by Gartner|

Altiscale Named to CRN Big Data 100: Taming Data Tornadoes

Today Computer Reseller News announced its 2015 CRN Big Data 100. Altiscale is honored to be included in this list of companies who are recognized for delivering innovative technologies and services that help organizations grapple with, and gain meaningful insight from, the vast amounts of data generated in today’s business environment.

In its announcement, CRN points out that data volumes […]

By |May 5th, 2015|Awards|Comments Off on Altiscale Named to CRN Big Data 100: Taming Data Tornadoes|

What’s the secret to great Hadoop?

We regularly tell people that the Hadoop experience at Altiscale is fundamentally better than anything they could build for themselves on premises. It’s also better than what they could run for themselves on a generic, infrastructure-as-a-service cloud like Amazon.

That’s when we get some very skeptical looks.

Is it the software? The hardware?
How is it possible that Altiscale is better than […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Hadoop|Comments Off on What’s the secret to great Hadoop?|

Busting out of Hadoop incrementalism: Eliminating the “capital hurdle” PART 2

Part one explained why the full value of a new technology is often not realized until decades after its first introduction. In some cases, this is due to the time required to discover newer, higher impact uses. In other cases, it is due to other limitations to progress, such as capital expense hurdles.

The barrier to fast adoption of new […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Hadoop Implementation|Comments Off on Busting out of Hadoop incrementalism: Eliminating the “capital hurdle” PART 2|

Busting out of Hadoop incrementalism: Going beyond “cheaper, faster” to “fundamentally new and different” PART 1

How is the advent of Hadoop like the advent of electricity? This blog post explores how technology gets adopted, understood, and increasingly leveraged over time. Companies often use technology in familiar ways; the full value is realized when other elements are in place to maximize use.

By |March 26th, 2015|Hadoop, Hadoop as a Service|Comments Off on Busting out of Hadoop incrementalism: Going beyond “cheaper, faster” to “fundamentally new and different” PART 1|

DockerContainerExecutor: Launching Docker Containers in YARN

Ensure job success by using Docker Containers in YARN. Docker Containers ensure non-interference of tasks and reduce the difficult configuration management and maintenance burden for cluster administrators.

By |March 24th, 2015|Docker Containers|Comments Off on DockerContainerExecutor: Launching Docker Containers in YARN|

Open Data Platform, Part 3: Why do we need a new organization?

In the previous post, we explained the fundamental value that the ODP will provide: an agreed-upon, tested, and integrated core of Hadoop ecosystem components. The ODP will accelerate innovation on top of Hadoop by dramatically reducing the friction felt by enterprise customers and 3rd party application providers who want to use Hadoop as a platform.

One natural question that we […]

By |March 6th, 2015|Hadoop, Open Data Platform|Comments Off on Open Data Platform, Part 3: Why do we need a new organization?|

What is the problem that the Open Data Platform seeks to solve?

Last week, the Open Data Platform (ODP) was announced and written about in the technology and business press. While Altiscale has received strong support for its participation in the ODP, we have also received many questions about why the ODP is necessary and the exact role that it would serve. In this blog post, we want to explain more […]

By |February 24th, 2015|Hadoop, Spark|Comments Off on What is the problem that the Open Data Platform seeks to solve?|