Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop is based on the most recent stable version of Apache Hadoop with numerous patches, backports, and updates. Cloudera shares this distribution in a number of different formats: compressed tar files, RPMs, Debian packages, and Amazon EC2 AMIs. Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop is free, released under the Apache 2.0 license and available at http://www.cloudera.com/hadoop/.
Cloudera has an online configurator at http://www.cloudera.com/configurator to make setting up a Hadoop cluster easy (Figure B-1). The configurator has a simple wizard-like interface that asks targeted questions about your cluster. When you’ve finished, the configurator generates customized Hadoop packages and places them in a package repository for you. You can manage any number of clusters and return at a later time to update your active configurations.
Figure B-1. Cloudera’s on-line configurator makes it easy to set up a Hadoop cluster
To simplify package management, Cloudera shares RPMs from a
yum repository and Debian packages from an
apt repository. Cloudera’s Distribution for Hadoop enables you to install and configure Hadoop on each machine in your cluster by running a single, simple command. Kickstart users benefit even more by being able to commission entire Hadoop clusters automatically ...