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Automating Hadoop/HBase deployments with Puppet

The guys from the Adobe SaaS team — same guys that shared with us their experience and reasons for using HBase — have ☞ open sourced their Puppet[1] recipes for automating Hadoop/HBase deployments.

Right now we are open-sourcing on GitHub, Puppet recipes for:

  • creating the user under which the entire hstack runs.
  • changing system settings, like the ssh keys, authorizing machines to talk to each other, aliases for hadoop and hbase executables, /tmp rules.
  • standalone puppet module to deploy Hadoop
  • standalone puppet module to configure the Hadoop NameNode in High-Availability mode via DRBD, heartbeat and mon. For more details on this recipe check out the cloudera blog post on this topic.
  • standalone puppet module to deploy HBase
  • standalone puppet module to deploy Zookeeper.

Their ☞ announcement gives a lot of details of why they created these recipes and how to use them (nb it would be excellent if the ☞ GitHub project would point back to the article as part of the documentation).

Just to get an idea of how complex this process can be you can check the HBase/Hadoop MacOS Installation Guide, so I’d say that these recipes will definitely make things a lot easier!


  • [1] ☞ Puppet: the leading open source tool for data center automation. Puppet helps you save time, gain visibility into your server environment, and ensure consistency across your IT infrastructure. ()