Rackspace aims turning Hadoop into on-demand service running on Rackspace open cloud

Infotech Lead America: Rackspace Hosting aims turning Hadoop into on-demand service running on Rackspace open cloud.

The company announced its agreement with Hortonworks to enable customers with an enterprise-ready Hadoop platform for Cloud purposes.

Rackspace and Hortonworks, a developer of Apache Hadoop, will focus on reducing complexities and time-consuming, manual processes for implementing a Big Data solution. The joint effort will pursue an OpenStack-based Hadoop solution for the public and private cloud, which can easily be deployed in minutes.

Gartner report said Big Data will drive $232 billion in IT spending through 2016. Big Data enables organizations to store, process and analyze large sets of both structured and unstructured data in ways that were not possible or practical until now.

However, implementing a Big Data solution can be complicated and typically requires a large investment in infrastructure, as well as specialized skills and tools that most organizations do not possess.

John Engates, CTO of Rackspace

“Running Hadoop on your own is complex, which is why we’re excited about our development efforts with Hortonworks. We believe Hortonworks as a collaborator brings a substantial advantage in technology, services and experience that will clearly benefit customers,” said John Engates, CTO of Rackspace.

Rackspace aims turning Hadoop into an on-demand service running on the Rackspace open cloud and in clusters on private cloud infrastructure in its data centers or the customer’s data center.

Rackspace and Hortonworks will now align efforts to deliver the gold standard for Hadoop on OpenStack public and private clouds.

Rackspace is an adopter of Big Data and has been using Hadoop since 2008 for mission critical uses.

“Working with Rackspace is ideal because they are leading the industry towards a vision where open technologies give customers the flexibility to choose the right solutions for them, while also helping them to simplify and implement advanced technologies like Hadoop in a way that produce business value,” said Shaun Connolly, VP of Strategy at Hortonworks.

According to a recent report in InfotechLead.com, Rackspace has launched its first Australian data centre, located at Erskine Park in Western Sydney. With this new facility, Rackspace will be able to offer local dedicated hosting and managed virtualization solutions to larger IT contracts looking to deploy enterprise grade private cloud solutions based on VMWare.

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