Hadoop Big Data appliance unveiled by DataDirect Networks

DataDirect Networks has unveiled a Hadoop appliance to allow enterprises to more easily manage and extract Big Data.

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DataDirect Networks has unveiled a Hadoop appliance to allow enterprises to more easily manage and extract Big Data.

The Apache-based hScaler appliance "enables IT departments to power Hadoop-based analytics without the pain or learning curve which have typically limited mainstream Hadoop adoption", said DataDirect.

Hadoop is an open-source database management system designed to allow organisations to get the most out of their unstructured data.

The hScaler appliance comes with an ETL engine with over 200 data connectors to streamline data ingestion, manipulation and integration, which DataDirect said should eliminate programming requirements for data scientists.

By offloading data management functions to storage the hScaler is said to deliver much better performance during a server failure when compared to commodity clusters. Traditional approaches build Hadoop on server-based clusters.

The hScaler appliance uses a 40Gbps InfiniBand storage appliance to crunch Big Data.

Jean-Luc Chatelain, DataDirect executive vice president of strategy and technology, said: "Our hScaler appliance represents the next step forward in the democratisation of Big Data.

“It takes an advanced analytics solution that was economical for only the richest and most information-driven organisations in the world and puts it well within the grasp of enterprise CIOs."

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