An intro to VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions

VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions is not a separate vSphere Edition but a feature of vSphere available in the Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions.

This post is part of a series of blogpostings on VMworld 2013 announcements. See here for a complete overview.

Basically Big Data Extensions is  an easy to use management tool to provision, manage, and monitor your enterprise Hadoop clusters on vSphere through the vCenter user interface.  The new client provides a single management console to enact configuration changes across your cluster, and incorporates reporting and diagnostic tools to help you optimize performance and utilization.

The Big Data plugin works on the vSphere Web client and allows for instance to use a template for deploying several virtual machines which are required in a Hadoop platform.

Installed as a plug-in within vSphere Web Client, Big Data Extensions graphical user interface is designed to make administration of Hadoop clusters running within vSphere simple and straightforward. With Big Data Extensions you can easily deploy and operate Hadoop and HBase clusters. The application automates the provisioning process, gives you a real-time view of running nodes and services, provides a single management console from which to scale the size of your Hadoop clusters, and incorporates reporting and diagnostic tools to help you optimize performance and utilization.

You can perform the following tasks with the Big Data Extensions graphical user interface.

  • Create, scale-out, and delete clusters.
  • Manage vSphere resources for use by Hadoop clusters.
  • Manage and monitor Hadoop clusters.
  • Control Hadoop resource usage.

It seems like VMware wants to use the new Big Data hype to position vSphere as a platform to perform data mining (which is the old, non sexy name for Big Data).

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