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Learning Hadoop 2 by Garry Turkington, Gabriele Modena

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Distributions of Apache Hadoop

In the very early days of Hadoop, the burden of installing (often building from source) and managing each component and its dependencies fell on the user. As the system became more popular and the ecosystem of third-party tools and libraries started to grow, the complexity of installing and managing a Hadoop deployment increased dramatically to the point where providing a coherent offer of software packages, documentation, and training built around the core Apache Hadoop has become a business model. Enter the world of distributions for Apache Hadoop.

Hadoop distributions are conceptually similar to how Linux distributions provide a set of integrated software around a common core. They take the burden of bundling and ...

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