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Cloudera Inc.

June 20, 2013 07:00 ET

Cloudera Enhances QuickStart VM With New Search Features for Big Data

First Hadoop Platform VM to Market Integrates With Impala and Cloudera Search to Enable Real-Time, Natural-Language or SQL Queries for Data in Hadoop

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) -   Cloudera, the leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, today announced new updates to its Cloudera QuickStart Virtual Machine (VM), a free no registration download that offers the Cloudera experience on a single machine. It enables users to easily sample the power of Hadoop for Big Data. The first Hadoop Platform VM to market, Cloudera's QuickStart VM, is now integrated with Cloudera Search and Cloudera Impala to provide real-time search capabilities and easier, faster access to data in Hadoop. Additional updates to QuickStart VM include: integration with the new 2.3 version of the Hadoop user interface (UI) project Hue, support for new CDH version 4.3 and Cloudera Manager (CM) version 4.6, and expanded tutorials, videos and user guides for enhanced Hadoop training.

Delivering a working Hadoop environment directly out-of-the-box, Cloudera's free QuickStart VM is the best way to learn and experiment with Hadoop. With the new integration of Cloudera Search, the QuickStart VM is easier to use than ever before. Powered by Apache Solr, Cloudera Search enables users to perform full-text, natural-language search queries directly on data stored in a Hadoop cluster. For the first time, casual users can query data in Hadoop just as easily as they would with any online search engine. Data analysts can also use the new Impala capabilities to immediately execute SQL queries directly against data in Hadoop, eliminating the cost and hassle of moving around large datasets.

In addition to the new search capabilities, QuickStart VM has been upgraded with the new version of Hue 2.3, the open-source Web UI that makes Hadoop easier to use. Originally created by Cloudera in 2009 and developed over the years by the Apache open source community, Hue provides a framework that helps developers to create interactive web applications for Hadoop. QuickStart VM also supports the newest versions of CDH 4.3 (Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop) and CM 4.6 (Cloudera Manager). With new and improved tutorials, example videos and user guides included in the QuickStart VM, administrators and end users alike are able to learn and use Hadoop more quickly and easily than ever before.

"For years, the Hadoop-curious have downloaded our QuickStart VM as their first introduction to Hadoop. We are continually updating and improving the VM, and we are proud to have integrated Cloudera's new groundbreaking Hadoop query features, Impala and Search, into this latest version of QuickStart VM," said Amr Awadallah, chief technology officer at Cloudera. "QuickStart VM enables beginners to get up and running in Hadoop quickly, while more-experienced Hadoop users can enjoy experimenting with Cloudera's powerful new search and querying features. QuickStart VM is just one more way we are helping more organizations to leverage the power of Hadoop to get valuable business insights from all their data."

New features of Cloudera QuickStart VM:

  • Real-time natural-language queries through Cloudera Search
  • Real-time SQL querying through Cloudera Impala
  • Support for Hue 2.3, CDH 4.3, and Cloudera Manager 4.6
  • Updated tutorials and example videos enable easier and faster ramp-up
  • Improved guided user experiences, tailored for administrators and end users/analysts

Immediately available for VirtualBox, VMware and KVM, the new Cloudera QuickStart VM is offered for free download at

About Cloudera
Founded in 2008, Cloudera pioneered the business case for Hadoop with CDH, the world's most comprehensive, thoroughly tested and widely deployed 100% open source distribution of Apache Hadoop in both commercial and non-commercial environments. Now, the company is redefining data management with its Platform for Big Data, Cloudera Enterprise, empowering enterprises to Ask Bigger Questions™ and gain rich, actionable insights from all their data, to quickly and easily derive real business value that translates into competitive advantage. As the top contributor to the Apache open source community and leading educator of data professionals with the broadest array of Hadoop training and certification programs, Cloudera also offers comprehensive consulting services. Over 600 partners across hardware, software and services have teamed with Cloudera to help meet organizations big data goals. With tens of thousands of nodes under management and hundreds of customers across diverse markets, Cloudera is the category leader that has set the standard for Hadoop in the enterprise.  

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