Modernizing the Analytic Database with Cloudera 5.8

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Analytic workloads and the ability to determine “what happened” are some of the most common use cases across enterprises today. This insight not only tells you about the health of your business, but it can help you understand how to adapt and improve based on changing trends. However, for most businesses, they are only able to see a piece of the story. Their analytics are limited by the amount of data they can store and ultimately access, and it can be difficult to bring in new datasets or try and fit unstructured data into rigid schemas. Additionally, analytic access is limited to a select few, and these users must go in with their pre-requested questions in mind.

It’s no surprise that big data is disrupting this modus operandi. Data has the potential to transform business today, but the existing systems that are already at their limits aren’t going to cut it. Cloudera’s Hadoop-based platform has long helped customers break free of these limitations, powering self-service BI and exploratory analytic workloads. With the release of Cloudera 5.8, we are continuing to advance the capabilities of Cloudera Enterprise as the most adaptive, high-performance analytic database.

Cloudera Navigator Optimizer

One of the most significant additions in this release is the general availability of Cloudera Navigator Optimizer. Cloudera Enterprise and Hadoop are a great complement to existing data warehouses – able to relieve the pressures of these systems, while providing flexibility and enabling new workloads. Additionally, with Impala as the interactive SQL engine, Cloudera’s platform provides a high-performance, scalable alternative to traditional analytic databases – allowing businesses to tap into more value from more data, faster. However, this means you need to understand which workloads are the best fit for which system so you can predictably offload the ones desired and then actively optimize data models based on Hadoop usage and technologies. This can be a daunting task, especially with the limited usage visibility most database administrators (DBAs) have into their legacy systems today. Cloudera Navigator Optimizer changes that.

Navigator Optimizer ensures you start off on the right foot for using Hadoop as an analytic database and then easily keep up with the changing needs of your business. This tool analyzes your existing SQL workloads, giving you the necessary insights and risk-assessments into workloads across a business to build out a comprehensive strategy and plan for offloading based on risk and development costs. Once you’ve migrated the appropriate ETL and BI workloads, Navigator Optimizer provides continued visibility into changing usage so DBAs can actively manage and recommend data models for peak performance with Hadoop technologies such as Apache Hive and Apache Impala (incubating).

Check out the demo video below or read our Tech Blog for even more details on Navigator Optimizer.

High-Performance Analytics in the Cloud

Many of our customers are running analytics workloads on public cloud infrastructure. With more and more data being generated and stored in the cloud, it’s important that a modern data platform extend to that environment. Cloudera Enterprise is the leading enterprise platform for deploying and managing Hadoop in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. Platform enhancements ensure the Hadoop solution is easy to manage across any environment, comprehensively secure, and that core analytic components support data is in an object store.

In a previous release, we announced Amazon S3 support for Hive and Apache Spark, opening up powerful data processing capabilities for ETL and data preparation in the cloud. With Cloudera 5.8, Impala also supports Amazon S3. Now business analysts can get instant insights using this best-of-breed analytic SQL engine for high-performance exploratory analytics and BI.

In addition, businesses can lower operating costs by elastically scaling the compute power of their analytic database based on access patterns and changing demands.

Keep an eye on our blog for more details on running analytic workloads in cloud environments.

Improving the SQL Development Experience

Hue, the popular web interface for analyzing data in Hadoop, has also gotten an upgrade with this latest release, providing an improved user experience for SQL developers. Within a single interface, these developers can now easily explore and discover what tables are available through a quickview of the data; more quickly design queries with autocomplete suggestions; and get immediate assistance for debugging queries before they run for efficient troubleshooting. In addition, queries and results can be seamlessly shared with other users and groups, with the ability to directly set access permissions on results for fast security protection.

Check out the demo video for more details.


Cloudera Enterprise 5.8 is now available for download on cloudera.com/downloads. For more details on powering an analytic database with Cloudera Enterprise 5.8, register for the webinar series, and check out the Developer Blog.

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