MapR Technologies Introduces Free Sandbox for Hadoop

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MapR Technologies, Inc., a leader in Apache™ Hadoop® technology for Big Data deployments, announced at the O’Reilly Strata Conference 2014: Making Data Work, the availability of the MapR Sandbox for Hadoop, a virtualized environment containing MapR’s distribution for Apache Hadoop. The MapR Sandbox enables users to begin exploring and experimenting with Hadoop in less than five minutes by providing a complete and fully-configured virtual machine installation of the MapR Distribution for Apache Hadoop along with several point-and-click tutorials for developers, analysts, and administrators.

Hadoop is widely considered the ideal platform for handling Big Data, and the MapR Sandbox is about addressing the common challenge of Hadoop adoption,” said Tomer Shiran, vice president of product management, MapR Technologies. “Organizations face a shortage of Hadoop developers and data scientists, and without useful and easily-accessible training tools, productive Hadoop developers will continue to be in short supply. With the MapR Sandbox, developers have all the tools they need in a convenient and free package to get up to speed on Hadoop quickly.”

The MapR Sandbox includes the ability to drag-and-drop files from any source into the MapR Sandbox and facilitates:

  • Training – through access to the MapR Sandbox’s extensive training modules, developers and administrators can quickly get up to speed on Hadoop.
  • Development – by enabling developers to build applications in a simple, lightweight virtual machine (VM) that can run on any laptop or desktop environment, MapR saves time and development resources.
  • Testing – with the ability to run quick tests to validate functionality and configurations before deploying on a production cluster, MapR provides productivity advantages and supports portable applications that move to production environments with no code changes.


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