Nutanix and Cloudera: Together Simplifying & Speeding Value Creation from Big Data Projects

  • 3 November 2017
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Nutanix and Cloudera: Together Simplifying & Speeding Value Creation from Big Data Projects
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This post was authored by Greg White Nutanix Solutions Marketing, Enterprise Applications & Big Data

This year may be remembered as the year that enterprises really caught on to the importance of big data analytics. In a March 2017 survey, Dun & Bradstreet partnered with Forbes Insights to learn more about analytics adoption. Among the major findings:
► Data analytics has moved from IT and finance to the majority of business functions
► Data analytics skills gaps persist across the enterprise
► There is a dire need for better data analytics best practices

Enterprises still face significant headwinds when it comes to getting new data analytics projects up and running. In particular, the complexity of big data infrastructure results in slow provisioning, high operating costs, and availability challenges.

Rather than struggle with open source software and bare-metal deployments, smart IT teams are turning to pre-packaged software distributions running on the hyperconverged Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform. Many Nutanix customers have already been running these distributions for years.

To ensure you have the best possible experience with big data analytics, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform is now fully certified to run Cloudera Enterprise workloads through the Cloudera Certified Technology Program. The combination of Nutanix and Cloudera is a great way to accelerate your company’s data analytics efforts. A significant advantage of running Cloudera on Nutanix is that your big data analytics can run on the same shared infrastructure as other applications, eliminating silos, simplifying infrastructure management, and reducing costs.

One adopter immediately saw the benefit of running big data analytics alongside other workloads on Nutanix. The company has standardized on Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform and is moving a variety of business-critical applications to Nutanix along with Cloudera. Running Hadoop in a fully virtualized environment allows them to easily and quickly migrate new big data projects from development, to QA, to production.

Some Nutanix customers have also discovered that the flexibility of enterprise cloud makes it possible to redeploy existing infrastructure for big data to other tasks during off hours such as weekends and evenings, further reducing the cost of big data analytics and delivering an even greater return on investment from Nutanix Enterprise Cloud.

The combination of Nutanix and Cloudera can deliver a number of significant benefits for your organization:
► Simplify and accelerate provisioning for big data projects
► Combine the flexibility and ease-of-management of virtualization with the performance of bare metal
► Reduce the cost of purchasing, installing, and managing infrastructure for big data
► Make on-premises infrastructure easier for big data projects to consume
► Increase availability and eliminate planned downtime

Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS Software uses many of the same design principles as Cloudera software, including a scale-out, shared nothing architecture that incorporates data locality for performance and replication factor for availability. This makes the two extremely compatible.

By enabling big data analytics to be virtualized like any other workload, Nutanix positions you to take full advantage of the agility of virtualization—like the ability to deploy and redeploy resources rapidly.

All infrastructure hardware and software is managed through Nutanix Prism, providing a single interface for managing servers, storage, data protection, and virtualization. One-click management reduces the administrative burden and the potential for operator error while eliminating the need for planned downtime.

If you deploy big data analytics on bare metal, you’re faced with a variety of management tasks on each server: software upgrades and changes, firmware upgrades on drives, and so on. It can be extremely difficult to keep everything in sync, and troubleshooting becomes a lengthy and painful process. Nutanix addresses these pain points with:
One-click software upgrades Prism takes the pain and disruption out of upgrades. Intelligent software does all the heavy lifting for upgrades of operating software, hypervisors, and firmware.
One-click remediation Prism suggests remediation actions for alerts and failures, reducing the mean time to repair and significantly improving availability.

Working with Cloudera, we’ve created a complete reference architecture for Cloudera Hadoop on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform that makes deployment even easier. To learn more about running Cloudera on Nutanix, check out the following resources:
Solution Brief
Reference Architecture
Press Release

To learn more about the advantages of Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for Big Data, be sure to read:
The Definitive Guide to Big Data

And if you will be in Nice at .NEXT Europe on November 8, 2017, be sure to attend AW109 – Architecting Big Data Solutions for a technical session on this topic, including deployment architecture, best practices, real-world customer examples, and the one-click simplicity Nutanix brings to your Big Data environments.

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