Cloudera Distribution for Hadoop Review

The Cloudera Hadoop manager eased the work of orchestrating scripts.


Valuable Features

Very solid. Excellent user experience. good documentation. The Cloudera Manager is definitely a deal breaker. Packaging for Ubuntu is great for all the components.

Improvements to My Organization

Before the introduction of Cloudera Manager (that actually works), all the orchestration was done with scripts and Chef, and inexperienced team members had difficulties to participate in maintenance. The Cloudera Hadoop manager eased the work.

Room for Improvement

More customization, better documentation for the API (basically it's the same for all Cloudera Hadoop components).

Use of Solution

I've used it for two years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Didn't use dedicated service or support. The documentation is a bit of a mess, but it is decent and sufficient.

Initial Setup

Straightforward. The CDH VirtualBox with preconfigured environment helps for demonstration purposes

Implementation Team

We did it in-house.

Other Solutions Considered

We also looked at Hortonworks, but chose Cloudera because of my familiarity with it.

Other Advice

Do a comparisomn with Hortonworks as it's always good to compare to another major vendor

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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