Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable computer capacity in the cloud. By using Amazon EC2, we can practice HBase on a fully distributed mode easily, at low cost. All the servers that we will use to demonstrate HBase in this book are running on Amazon EC2.
This recipe describes the setup of the Amazon EC2 environment, as a preparation for the installation of HBase on it. We will set up a name server and client on Amazon EC2. You can also use other hosting services such as Rackspace, or real servers to set up your HBase cluster.
You will need to sign up, or create an Amazon Web Service (AWS) account at http://aws.amazon.com/.
We will use EC2 command-line tools to manage ...