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United States : DELL aims CLOUDERA appliances at HADOOP users

June 28, 2014

Dell became the latest hardware vendor to tailor a solution specifically for Hadoop, the data analysis framework that's become its own software ecosystem. Dell's appliance is being pitched in-memory acceleration solution that runs Cloudera's Hadoop distribution.

This addition is a strong sign that hardware vendors smell money in Hadoop and will vie for Hadoop users as aggressively as they've sought Oracle users. One of Dell's other announced appliances is an Oracle 12C appliance that strengthens the parallel.

The new Dell In-Memory Appliance for Cloudera Enterprise uses Cloudera's distribution of Hadoop on top of Intel-based Dell hardware. Dell was cagey about the exact hardware configurations and costs for the appliance, and that it would meet the needs of small and medium businesses, all the way up to the largest enterprises, and is affordable than products aimed at specific business sizes.

The secret isn't just Dell's hardware, it is on Cloudera's side which is the Apache Spark, a high-speed data-analysis system. Spark relies on in-memory analysis for its speed and benefits from having hardware with memory to throw at the problem.

Dell's choice of Cloudera distributions makes sense. Cloudera tried to differentiate itself by being an enterprise-friendly distribution, because of how it has fashioned Hadoop as a one-stop depository for business data.

Dell and Cloudera collaborated in the past and know each other's territory well. Dell began selling Cloudera hardware in 2011 using Dell PowerEdge C-series servers. Those bundles weren't cheap, in the $120,000 range for a minimum of 6 compute nodes and 6 network switches.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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