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Why Virtualize Hadoop and How Project Serengeti Can Help

A very long post by Richard McDougall explaining why virtualizing Hadoop may make sense and how VMware’s Project Serengeti can help. Answering the question in the title, McDougall enumerates 6 reasons:

  1. Consolidation/sharing of a big-data platform
  2. Rapid provisioning
  3. Resource sharing
  4. High availability
  5. Security
  6. Versioned Hadoop environments

He’s also addressing two of the most common questions about Hadoop virtualization:

  1. Isn’t there a large performance overhead? Benchmark results are available in a whitepaper that can be read or downloaded below.
  2. Doesn’t vSphere use shared SAN storage only? (nb: the short answer is that vSphere supports both local and shared storage)

Project Serengeti

Original title and link: Why Virtualize Hadoop and How Project Serengeti Can Help (NoSQL database©myNoSQL)