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MapR adds big data support to Ubuntu with Hadoop hook up

29 Mar 2013

MapR has announced a deal with Linux distributor Canonical to offer Hadoop on the Ubuntu platform, to help developers with big data deployments.

Under the partnership agreement, the two firms will work in tandem to develop the MapR Hadoop tools for use with the latest versions of Ubuntu.

The release will include a number of MapR's big data development and management tools, including the Hive, Pig, Mahout and Hbase tools, amongst other components.

The companies believe that by tying MapR into Ubuntu, they can provide developers and administrators with additional options for accessing data.

The MapR components will be supported in the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10 versions.

"Our customers want optimised workloads to run in their cloud and now, with the addition of MapR M3 as an easily deployable and enterprise-grade Hadoop solution, we are providing Ubuntu customers with an effective way to implement big data into their operations," said Canonical vice president of cloud Kyle MacDonald.

For MapR, the partnership comes in the midst of an effort to expand the reach of its Hadoop big data products. In addition to releasing tools for Ubuntu, the company said that it would be making many of its Hadoop products available as open source code through the GitHub code-sharing platform.

"MapR is committed to supporting the Hadoop ecosystem and to providing an open enterprise-grade Hadoop platform," said MapR director of product management Tomer Shiran.

"By making this source code easily accessible on GitHub and providing open APIs such as NFS and ODBC, MapR is ensuring that end users have available an open and flexible, enterprise-grade platform for Hadoop."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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