Talend Sparks Up Big Data Sandbox

Big Data integrator Talend today announced an Apache Spark scenario has been added to its Big Data Sandbox for Cloudera.

The Redwood City, Calif., company provides sandboxes for major Apache Hadoop distributions as a means to test Big Data projects with no risk or cost for 30 days.

The addition of the Spark scenario "allows users to gain first-hand experience with Talend's Spark components interacting with Cloudera's built-in Spark engine running on a YARN client without the otherwise complicated and lengthy installation and configuration process," the company said in a statement. "The Spark scenario reduces setup time from weeks to minutes and showcases the ease with which Talend can connect to the Spark engine to unlock its significant potential."

Spark is the hottest open source Big Data technology project going (and perhaps hottest open source project of any kind), as it provides superior analytics capabilities that build upon the original components of the Hadoop ecosystem.

For example, the parallel processing cluster computing framework can work with multiple types of data and analyze it faster with in-memory technology. It also allows for real-time, streaming analytics and can run on top of the YARN resource manager in Hadoop 2 clusters, in the Amazon cloud or standalone.

Spark support was added to Talend's latest 5.6 version of its Platform for Big Data, along with support for the Apache Storm project.

The company also provides sandboxes for other Hadoop distributions from Hortonworks Inc. and MapR Technologies Inc.

In addition to the sandbox update, Talend also announced a zero-install version of Talend Enterprise Data Integration to help organizations evaluate the technology.

"We continue to invest in our trials because we know that once users experience our products first hand, they will quickly recognize the agility, value and power that Talend provides," said company exec Ashley Stirrup. "As reflected in the success of our download program, companies are becoming frustrated with legacy integration software and they are searching for a better path to Hadoop and becoming data driven. Our latest Sandbox is not only a great way to get up to speed on Hadoop, but also the latest cutting-edge Big Data innovations and use cases such as Spark."

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