VMware launches Project Serengeti to make Hadoop virtual-aware

VMware launches Project Serengeti and contributes IP to help automate Hadoop workloads running in its virtual platform. It is available as a free download under an Apache 2.0 license.

VMware is on the open source move again, this time launching a new project called "Serengeti" aimed at enabling enterprises to quickly "deploy, manage and scale" Hadoop in virtual and cloud environments.

The project is available on GitHub as a "one-click" toolkit under an Apache 2.0 license. VMWare is also offering a version compiled as a binary in a virtual appliance that can run on vSphere.

VMware worked with Cloudera, Greenplum, HortonWorks and MapR to develop the code, which will help automate the deployment of Hadoop workloads on virtual infrastructure, VMware said.

In addition to its latest open source project, VMware said it will contribute extensions to Apache Hadoop that make components more virtualization aware, which will better support scalability and performance in virtual environments, the company said.

VMware also announced an update to another existing open source project known as Spring for Apache Hadoop.

The project, which debuted in February, makes it easier for developers to build distributed applications with Hadoop. The updates allow for integration with HBase databases, Cascading and Hadoop security. It is also available under an Apache 2.0 license.

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