Chapter 10. Setting Up a Hadoop Cluster

This chapter explains how to set up Hadoop to run on a cluster of machines. Running HDFS, MapReduce, and YARN on a single machine is great for learning about these systems, but to do useful work, they need to run on multiple nodes.

There are a few options when it comes to getting a Hadoop cluster, from building your own, to running on rented hardware or using an offering that provides Hadoop as a hosted service in the cloud. The number of hosted options is too large to list here, but even if you choose to build a Hadoop cluster yourself, there are still a number of installation options:

Apache tarballs

The Apache Hadoop project and related projects provide binary (and source) tarballs for each release. Installation from binary tarballs gives you the most flexibility but entails the most amount of work, since you need to decide on where the installation files, configuration files, and logfiles are located on the filesystem, set their file permissions correctly, and so on.


RPM and Debian packages are available from the Apache Bigtop project, as well as from all the Hadoop vendors. Packages bring a number of advantages over tarballs: they provide a consistent filesystem layout, they are tested together as a stack (so you know that the versions of Hadoop and Hive, say, will work together), and they work well with configuration management tools like Puppet.

Hadoop cluster management tools

Cloudera Manager and Apache Ambari are examples of dedicated ...

Get Hadoop: The Definitive Guide, 4th Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.