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This post is the first in a series of blog posts that will explore and exploit the Big Data and analytics tools. I will walk through easy steps to start working with such tools like Apache Hadoop, Pig, Mahout and solve some problems related to analytics and learning in the large scale by exploiting such tools, and shed the light on some of the challenges we face while working with these tools. 1. Apache Hadoop 1.1 Overview Hadoop is a framework that simplifies the processing of data sets distributed across clusters of servers. Two of the main components of Hadoop are HDFS and MapReduce.HDFS is the file system that is used by Hadoop to store all the data. This file system spans across all the nodes that are being used by Hadoop. These nodes could be on a single server or they can be spread across a large number of servers.In this section, we will go through the instru... (more)

Ubuntu 9.10 Will Feature Cloud Computing

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and leader of Canonical Ltd., the authors and distributors of the Ubuntu distro of Linux, announced the code name of the new version Friday and noted that the Ubuntu team had several priorities, including the design of the system’s “look”, according to a CNET article. The most interesting of the priorities, perhaps, was the inclusion of cloud computing features as a basic part of the package, especially on the server side of the release. The statement released by Shuttleworth was very detailed, although somewhat metaphorical, in the area of cloud c... (more)

Cloud Computing Certifications

Cloudonomics Journal on Ulitzer Though am not that fond of certificates in general and believe in practical hands-on to the extremes, it looks that within two years I should be aware of the training kits and certificates exist for cloud computing and virtualization technology :) ... 3Tera (Cloud Computing Platform and services company) announced today their cloud computing certifications and education offerings ... Mark Ortenzi, president of 3Tera partner CariNet, mentioned that "If you don't do it, in two years you won't have a business," According to these announcements there will ... (more)

No Plans for Sun to Build Compute Cloud Like EC2

Edward Screven, Oracle's chief corporate architect, mentioned that Oracle would not be offering Sun's long-planned and highly-vaunted compute resource service. They will just play the role of supplier to components and pieces that can be used in cloud services; From the beginning Larry Ellison hates Cloud, and it looks that this will be applied for Sun as well after the complete acquisition done recently ... ... (more)

VMware to Acquire SpringSource

Steve Herrod (VMware CTO) announced today that VMware is intending to acquire SpringSource, a 5 year-old company rapidly becoming a leader in enterprise and web application development and management. http://blogs.vmware.com/console/2009/08/vmware-acquires-springsource.html Seems interesting but we will wait till we see how they will complement each other, cloud/virtualization core vendor and enterprise level Java platform. ... (more)