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Cloudera and VMware Working Together Is A Virtuous Thing


The press release below should be of high interest in the federal technology domain.

Most agencies are already at some stage of working with Cloudera, either by directly working with them for support to ongoing enterprise-scale projects or by downloading and using their freely available 100% open source distribution based around Apache Hadoop known as CDH.  And every agency in government is already working with VMware too. Everyone has been leveraging them to optimize resources in virtual environments and increasingly federal agencies have been turning to VMware for cloud strategies, both internal and now private options with VMware are being explored and leveraged right now.

But now both these great firms are able to work closer together. This could be powerfully positive news for federal enterprise technologists. My recommendation: Ask your VMware rep to tell you about Cloudera and ask your Cloudera rep to tell you about VMware. Or maybe invite them in together to help you think through some visioneering of the realm of the possible now that there are certified ways for these two great capabilities to work together.

Here is the press release (from: )

Cloudera and VMware Work Together to Accelerate Enterprise Use of Hadoop in Virtual and Cloud Environments

Cloudera Enterprise is Now Certified to Run on VMware vSphere®

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 22, 2013 — Cloudera and VMware today announced that Cloudera Enterprise is now certified to run on VMware vSphere®. Through the VMware Ready™ program, VMware and Cloudera completed a detailed joint validation process, which enables enterprises to simplify and accelerate the use of Apache Hadoop within virtual and cloud environments.

“As Apache Hadoop gains traction within enterprises, VMware and Cloudera are collaborating to help customers benefit from virtualizing Cloudera Enterprise, Cloudera’s platform for big data,” said Fausto Ibarra, senior director, Product Management, VMware. “VMware continues to evolve vSphere to make sure customers can take advantage of the leading platform for all their applications and workloads, including Apache Hadoop.”

VMware vSphere Offers Common Platform for Enterprise Applications including Apache Hadoop
Enterprises seeking to gain business insights and to make better decisions based on the growing volume of data generated today are increasingly adopting Apache Hadoop as a core element of their infrastructure.  Running Apache Hadoop on vSphere offers enhanced high availability, increased agility, lower TCO and better control of resources to increase hardware utilization. By virtualizing Apache Hadoop, IT departments are able to avoid the costs associated with building and operating separate physical clusters, and instead gain the benefits of pooling compute and storage resources on one common platform.

With data volumes growing rapidly, leading companies turn to Cloudera to solve their big data challenges. Newly certified for VMware vSphere, Cloudera Enterprise helps ensure that joint customers have a performant and reliable enterprise-grade solution for deploying, managing and running virtualized Apache Hadoop clusters.  Joint customers can now run Cloudera Enterprise, comprising the 100 percent open source Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH) and Cloudera Manager, on vSphere and receive commercial support.

“Cloudera and VMware both share the goal of bringing Hadoop to the enterprise,” said Tim Stevens, vice president, Business and Corporate Development, Cloudera. “By completing the certification testing of Cloudera Enterprise on VMware vSphere®, VMware and Cloudera are committed to providing customers with the ability to run the most widely deployed distribution of Apache Hadoop on the leading virtualization and cloud platform today.  This is consistent with our vision of enabling customers maximum flexibility to deploy Cloudera where and how they want.  As Hadoop technology has continued to evolve and mature, Cloudera and VMware are giving customers the ability to rapidly deploy Hadoop and achieve new levels of flexibility and control.”

“As enterprise adoption of Hadoop moves from experimentation to strategic production deployments, more organizations will examine methods of increasing performance and improving reliability,” said Matthew Aslett, research director, Data Management and Analytics, 451 Research. “Having successfully virtualized servers for other workloads it is inevitable that enterprises will explore what benefits virtualization can bring to Hadoop. The certification of Cloudera Enterprise on VMware vSphere® enables enterprises to examine the benefits of virtualization while paving the way for mixed workload and Hadoop-as-a-Service environments.”

VMware has worked with the Apache Hadoop community, including Cloudera, to help enterprises take advantage of vSphere to deploy an Apache Hadoop cluster in minutes, including common Hadoop components like Apache HBase, Apache Hive and Apache Pig. Together with Cloudera, VMware offers enterprises flexibility in how they deploy, run and manage Apache Hadoop to solve their big data challenges.

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About Cloudera
Founded in 2008, Cloudera pioneered the business case for Hadoop with CDH, the world’s most comprehensive, tested and widely deployed distribution of Apache Hadoop in both commercial and non-commercial environments. Now, the company is redefining data management with its Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, empowering enterprises to Ask Bigger Questions™ and gain rich, actionable insights from all their data, to quickly and easily derive real business value that translates into competitive advantage. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and a leading educator of data professionals, with tens of thousands of nodes under management and hundreds of customers across diverse markets, Cloudera is the category leader that has set the standard for Hadoop in the

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2012 revenues of $4.61 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

VMware, VMware Ready and vSphere are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective organizations. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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