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MapR delivers support for containers, security

Thor Olavsrud | March 9, 2016
With the general availability of its Converged Data Platform, MapR Technologies brings Hadoop together with Spark, Web-scale storage, NoSQL and streaming capabilities in a unified cluster designed to support next-generation big data applications.

"Given the level of interest in Docker, it seems inevitable that enterprises will, at some point, want to run data-intensive workloads on the container technology," Matt Aslett, research director, data platforms and analytics, 451 Research, said in a statement Tuesday. "However, standard Docker containers include data volumes tied to an individual server, which means that if a container fails, or is moved from one server to another, its connection with the data volume is lost. As such, containers are not designed to be persistent — a key requirement for any data-intensive workload."

The Converged Data Platform is intended to resolve this issue with the new MapR POSIX Client, which presents a fully distributed, secure, reliable, read-write file system to Docker containers for resilient deployments on commodity hardware.

"We use Docker extensively in order to provide continuous product updates, helping our clients understand the behavior of their customers to make better business decisions," Simon Reid, group executive, Technology, at data analytics firm Quantium. "MapR gives us a resilient storage layer for Docker containers, ensuring we don't lose time or data when containers or servers crash."

Integration of Apache Myriad allows for infrastructure consolidation by sharing all data center resources between YARN and non-YARN jobs.

Peformance-wise, Norris says the new platform includes a number of enhancements that allow it to optimize for performance, including the way it makes use of SSDs.

"You can have different nodes that have different disk density, different compute profiles, different memory and different solid state drives," he says. "That allows you to make better utilization of the network interconnect and data flow, which leads to better performance."

Independent research firm ESG performed benchmark testing on MapR Streams and confirmed over 18,000,000 messages/second performance with over 3.5GB/sec throughput.

Norris notes that cloud-based deployments for the new MapR Platform will be available this month in major public clouds, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace, Azure Marketplace and CenturyLink Marketplace.


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