Dell, Cloudera and Intel Deliver Tools to Demystify Using Hadoop

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 06, 2015

Dell has just announced that it is the latest tech industry titan to align its enterprise goals with Hadoop, which has emerged as a true star on the Big Data analytics scene. Dell has a new solution for Hadoop, co-created with Cloudera and Syncsort and powered by Intel, that seeks to streamline the planning, design, construction and deployment processes involved in transforming data so that it is ready for analysis, then loading it for business reporting or for querying.

The idea is to simplify using Hadoop for new users.

There is evidence that some organizations are finding Hadoop hard to deploy and understand. For example, Gartner, Inc.'s 2015 Hadoop Adoption Study, involving 284 Gartner Research Circle members, found that only 125 respondents who completed the whole survey had already invested in Hadoop or had plans to do so within the next two years. The study found that there are difficulties in implementing Hadoop.

Many customers want to adopt big data and analytics technologies to gain operational efficiency, yet Hadoop expertise may be difficult to find, creating an industry-wide skills gap.  The new Dell | Cloudera | Syncsort Data Warehouse Optimization – ETL Offload Reference Architecture is designed to achieve faster insights in an intuitive way without needing to learn new skillsets, hire additional resources, or retool IT environments.

To put its new offering to the test, Dell had an entry-level technician and an expert-level senior engineer run the same workload on four Dell PowerEdge R730xd servers and two Dell PowerEdge R730 servers, powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, in a Hadoop cluster. The results showed that an entry-level technician created ETL jobs with the Dell | Cloudera | Syncsort solution 60 percent faster than an expert level senior engineer running the same scenario with do-it-yourself, open-source ETL solutions. Additionally, the entry-level technician was able to streamline ETL design by 53 percent, giving businesses the equivalent of four days back, according to Dell.

The announcement notes:

"Customers can save up to 76 percent on ETL administrative costs when compared to a do-it-yourself approach with open-source solutions. Additionally, by offloading the data transformation to Hadoop, customers can reduce transformation costs and reclaim data warehouse capability.
New Hadoop users can more quickly develop and deploy Hadoop ETL jobs, reducing the time it takes to design an ETL job for performing data validation by 55 percent."

 Businesses are increasingly requiring quicker, cost effective and richer data insights to drive and accelerate their business results,” said Jim Ganthier, VP and GM of Engineered Solutions and Cloud, Dell. “Dell and Cloudera continue to jointly bring to market breakthrough big data and analytics solutions that deliver on those needs. Our new solution, which now incorporates Syncsort, will bring the power of big data insights to a whole new set of users who were once unable to justify the costs and complications of previously available commercial solutions.”

 “End customer big data and analytic needs continue to evolve, they’re moving past general architectures in search of use case driven solutions that can solve real world problems, said Tim Stevens, vice president, Corporate and Business Development, Cloudera. “To address these needs, Cloudera has worked with Dell and Syncsort to design a solution that is faster, easier and more cost-effective to implement than ever before.”