Hadoop Summit Opens Amid Growing Interest in Big Data

Hadoop is front and center at a three-day Hadoop Summit conference taking placing this week in San Jose, California. The Summit, sponsored by key Apache Hadoop provider Hortonworks and by Yahoo, is expected to attract more people and companies than last year's event.

More than 3,000 participants are expected at the Summit, which begins Tuesday, and there are more than 80 sponsoring organizations. One of the key drivers for this year's conference is YARN, a cluster resource management layer whose acronym stands for Yet Another Resource Manager and which was released last October. It allows Hadoop to do more than, say, batch-oriented tasks, because computing clusters can be allocated as needed to match workloads.

As the conference opened, Hortonworks announced it was launching a YARN Ready program as part of its Partner Certification effort. The new program provides assurance that tools and applications deemed to be YARN Ready are completely compatible with the Hortonworks Data Platform.

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"As more organizations move from single-application Hadoop clusters to a more versatile, integrated Hadoop 2 data platform hosting multiple applications," Hortonworks said in a statement, "YARN is strategically positioned as the true integration point of today's enterprise data layer."

Informatica is expected to show its newest data integration tools, such as its PowerCenter Big Data Edition visual development platform with reusable business rules, running on Hortonworks 2.1. It will also exhibit the Vibe Data Stream for Machine Data, which is intended to collect the streams of messages and events from all those connected devices, or things residing in an Internet of Things, into a Hadoop environment.

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