One thing I’d like to share about the Microsoft Hadoop on Azure offering is how ridiculously easy it is to set up.
This is the setup screen for registering your cluster (click to see full size):
It’s all shiny and Metro interfaced, but the important bit is that to set up a cluster you need to choose the following:
- A DNS Name
- How big a Cluster you want (4 Node 2TB, 8 Node 4TB, 16 Node 8TB or 32Node 16TB)
- Username and Password for the Cluster
- Optional Azure details to store Hive content
- …. and that’s it.
Enter those fields, click request cluster and you get your wait screen:
It then allocates your nodes:
Gets down to the business of Creating and Starting them:
The services start on the Nodes:
And then it’s cooked:
This took 15 minutes.
Let me repeat that – end to end – the process took 15 minutes.
Some days my laptop takes that long to become usable….