Hadoop From MapR Heads To Ubuntu

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Two open source giants collaborate on Big Data tools

MapR has announced a partnership with Canonical that will see its free M3 Edition for Apache Hadoop offered on the Ubuntu operating system.

The new Big Data tools are expected to appear online before the end of April. MapR has also made the source code for its software available on the GitHub code repository.

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MapR is the only Hadoop distribution that enables Linux applications and commands to access data directly in the cluster through the NFS interface.

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The more advanced, paid-for M5 and M7 Editions will also be certified for Ubuntu.

The partners are also working to develop a special ‘Juju Charm’ – a type of service orchestration management tool created by Canonical – that can be used by OpenStack and other customers to easily deploy MapR in their cloud.

“Ubuntu and MapR are a great combination for implementing an open source Hadoop cluster in any enterprise,” said Tomer Shiran, director of product management at MapR. “For OpenStack customers, this packaged offering of Ubuntu with MapR is a fast and simple means to enable Hadoop as a service in their environments.”

The company has also released the source code for over a dozen packages that make up its MapR Distribution platform, making it easier for developers to build and deploy applications with Hadoop. Projects such as Apache HCatalog, Apache Oozie and Apache Whirr will be available on both GitHub and a public Maven repository, complete with all MapR’s fixes and enhancements.

“By making this source code easily accessible on GitHub and providing open APIs such as NFS and ODBC, MapR is ensuring that end users have available an open and flexible, enterprise-grade platform for Hadoop,” added Shiran.

The MapR package for Ubuntu and the new Juju Charm will be available from 25 April 2013.

This year, MapR opened its first European office in London. And earlier this month, the US Big Data experts announced they had secured $30 million (£20m) in a Series C round of funding.

Meanwhile, Canonical has been trying to transplant its Linux distribution into mobile devices, while also developing a tailor-made OS for the Chinese government.

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