Archive | September 2014

Our Updated Resources for Hadoop Training and Certification

Hardly any echnology trend these days is drawing more attention than the Big Data trend. And, when talking Big Data, the subject of Hadoop comes up, as it remains the star open source framework for drawing insights from large data sets. Big tech companies like Yahoo and eBay use Hadoop extensively, but it’s also used by smaller companies these days, and we’ve reported before that the job market is very healthy for people with Hadoop and Big Data skills.

In this post, you’ll find our updated set of the very best resources for gaining expertise with Hadoop, and many of the resources don’t cost a lot of time or money. They may even lead to work for you in the Big Data arena.

Hortonworks, a spin-off of Yahoo, has been providing many kinds of Hadoop training for a long time now, and runs Hortonworks University, which focuses on teaching beginning to advanced Hadoop skills. We covered the company’s training programs in this post, and Hortonworks also offers extensive Hadoop courseware. According to the company:

"Hortonworks is the only place where you can find training that has been co-created with the people who are setting the standards for Hadoop…Working along side a team of Hadoop architects, committers and practitioners with deep technical and practical knowledge enables us to collect that knowledge and make it available to you as soon as the product is delivered."

Meanwhile, Cloudera has been providing Hadoop training for years, and there is very likely a class near you. You can the Cloudera site for details on the locally offered classes.  Cloudera’s training ranges from architectural instruction to fundamentals of MapReduce and powerful analytics. The company also offers certification.

Informatica is another popular souce for Hadoop training, and there are classes offered online.  Intel, too, has a Hadoop training program.  There are some other reasonably good Hadoop training courses offered on the web, such as this one from Udacity. These often include free trials, so you can effectively “sit in” on a class, auditing to see if it is right for you.

Hortonworks officials predicted not long ago that half of the world’s data will be processed by Apache Hadoop within five years.  Whether you are already an IT pro or not, it’s worth looking into building your skills with this platform.  And, if you’re just starting to get your mind around Hadoop, Information Week has an interesting breakdown on how to explain the platform to people completely unfamiliar with it.


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Apache Storm is ready for prime time

Storm, a real-time framework for dealing with Big Data, has become an Apache top level project.

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IPFire Fixes ShellShock Bug In Bash Shell

IPFire, the linux-based firewall distribution, has been updated with the intention of fixing the GNU Bash vulnerability, a very serious security bug that allows an attacker to execute remote code in…

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Platelets Shifting on OpenStack Scene as Big Players Converge

The platelets are definitely shifting in the OpenStack cloud computing race. Last week, I reported on Oracle’s release of its OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution.   Based on the OpenStack Icehouse release, it allows users to control Oracle Linux and Oracle VM through OpenStack in production environments. It can support any guest operating system (OS) that is supported with Oracle VM, including Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows,and other Linux distributions.

Meanwhile, HP recently announced its Helion brand, and pledged to commit $1 billion over the next two years on products and services surrounding OpenStack, under Helion’s branded umbrella. And, Red Hat, Mirantis and Rackspace have delivered a number of new OpenStack initiatives and products recently. Who will own the OpenStack arena once the dust settles?

According to Tech Republic, Red Hat may be content to simply carve out a healthy chunk of the OpenStack market:

"While Red Hat is unlikely to make a dent in AWS’ dramatic lead in public cloud computing, it doesn’t really need to. Red Hat’s strategy is to ensure that it provides a consistent platform that spans every major public cloud and ties these public resources to OpenStack-based private cloud resources behind the firewall. Red Hat’s strategy is an "and" strategy, not an "or" strategy."

As I noted in this post, HP recently surpassed Red Hat as the largest contributor to the OpenStack code base. To the extent that code contributions equate  to clout, HP may start swinging a bigger stick than Red Hat or Oracle in the OpenStack arena.

Two primary things to remember are that there does not have to be one clear leader in the OpenStack market, and the biggest players are going to be differentiated by the support that they offer.

Many companies are focused on doing OpenStack deployments this year, and they are going to hitch their carts to several vendors. There is not a requirement for one major OpenStack player to dominate the market.

And, in the cloud computing arena, yes, businesses and organizations want flexible solutions for their deployments, but they will demand top-notch support. History shows that. Support is a giant cost center for companies that provide it, but companies that do it well succeed. In the case of many open source projects, lack of support and complete documentation is often cited by IT administrators when asked why they don’t favor this or that solution.

Even as behemoth companies like HP and Oracle deepen their commitments to OpenStack, support will define the winners and losers.

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Calculate Intro, OpenMandriva Review, and Mageia Delay

stuxToday in Linux news Jessie Smith has a nice article on Gentoo-derivative Calculate Linux 14 in this week’s Distrowatch Weekly. has a review of OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1, released last week. Mageia 5 Beta 1 is delayed and openSUSE 11.4 is "truly, finally dead." We have all this and more in tonight’s Linux news recap.

Calculate Linux is based on Gentoo Linux, but makes it easier to get up and running. Jessie Smith gives Linux fans a nice overview and review of Calculate Linux 14, recently released, saying, "Right now I’m not sure what to think about Calculate Linux." After an interesting week using Calculate, Smith concludes, "The distribution certainly seems to be flexible and capable of completing any task thrown at it. I did run into a few bugs and the distribution was slow to boot. My overall impression of Calculate 14 was not great, but it wasn’t exactly bad either."

OpenMandriva Lx 2014.1 was released last week and shipped with some important updates, so took it for a test drive. It still uses much of Mandriva’s old installer, but ships with new Welcome app and KDE 3.13.3. However, all is not rosy. "OpenMandriva 2014.1 is supposed to be a mostly bugfix release, but a major bug seems to have been introduced in the firewall application. It’s still a very good desktop distribution, but if you are running a previous edition, best to wait."

Mageia 5 Beta 1 is delayed due to mass package breakage, "something like 7000 packages." The new version of RPM included in Cauldron caused the breakage and packagers are working overtime to rebuild them all. As a result, Beta 1 is being postponed two week until October 14, 2014. The official development planning calendar hasn’t been updated to reflect the delay as of this time, so no world if this delay will ripple throughout the remainder of the release schedule. If it does, it may be 2015 before we see the final of Mageia 5 (currently scheduled for December 19, 2014).

In other news:

* Web Software vs. Native Linux Software

* Shipping larger application icons in Fedora 22

* openSUSE 11.4 Is Now Truly, Finally Dead

* Elementary OS Freya: The Next Major Update To A Rising Linux Distro

* The Internet Is Broken, and Shellshock Is Just the Start of Our Woes

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Guitarist-vocalist Josh Carter reveals how friendship and apps can keep touring life amicable.

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InfoWorld Bossies: Calling Out the Best Open Source Projects

InfoWorld is out with its 2014 Bossies awards–one of the most widely followed award roundups for open source projects. It’s always a treat to find out which projects the publication’s editors deem to be on the rise. This time around, there are lots of surprises, including xTuple, CyanogenMod, and Scribus–one of our favorite open source desktop publishers.

InfoWorld has organized its Bossie award winners into slideshows that you can watch, and they are broken down into the following categories:

The best open source applications
The best open source application development tools
The best open source data center and cloud software
The best open source desktop and mobile software
The best open source networking and security software
The best open source big data tools

According to InfoWorld:

"The real advantage today is that adopting open source plugs you into a vibrant, collaborative innovation engine, driven by a new generation of developers who treat open source as an assumption rather than a "movement" to escape evil empires…when great open source solutions surface, they spread like wildfire and quickly inspire swarms of add-ons that pile on value — many of them built by engaged developer-customers."

As you might expect, Docker figures very prominently in the Bossie awards this year, as do a number of tools found within Docker’s ecosystem. LibreOffice, Chromium and other tools are found among the award winners, but so are surprise projects such as ERPNext and Odoo. 

On the graphics front, it was good to see both Inkscape and Scribus win awards. We’ve covered these applications in-depth in this post and in this one

It’s worth spending some time perusing the awards collections. They show that the open source arena is thriving, with lots of new projects to investigate.

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