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Dell and Cloudera Package Up Turnkey Hadoop

The widgetry includes Dell’s new cloudified open source Crowbar deployment software

Reminiscent of its OpenStack move last week, Dell has teamed with Cloudera on a packaged Apache Hadoop system running Cloudera's freebie open source distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) on Dell's energy-efficient PowerEdge C2100 rack servers and networking components.

The widgetry, which should be available in the next 30 days, includes Dell's new cloudified open source Crowbar deployment software - although the boxes can also come with the software installed - Cloudera's commercial Cloudera Enterprise version's management tools and PowerConnect 6248 48-port Gigabit Ethernet Layer 3 switches.

A deployment can scale from six to 720 nodes. Figure $118,000-$124,000 to start depending on support.

They're throwing in updates, training, joint technical support and professional services and pointing the thing at financial services, energy, utility and telecom companies, research institutions, retail businesses and Internet/media groups, exactly the sort that want to munch on large amounts of Big Data.

Cloudera's biz dev guy Ed Albanese says customers "want a Hadoop configuration that has been validated from end-to-end and is available from a single vendor." Gartner says that makes sense.

The package, which runs on Red Hat, SUSE, CentOS and Ubuntu, is obviously supposed to reduce the complexity of deploying, configuring and managing Hadoop systems as well as offer a lower TCO than proprietary solutions. (Goodness, do they mean EMC's MapR appliance?)

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