Category Archives: Opinions

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T vs. V and W Shaped People

We talk a lot about hiring T shaped people at my current gig and I think it’s a misnomer for a couple of reasons. First, it implies a ratio of depth to width that is askew. Developers and Admins in … Continue reading

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System Administration Rules to Live By

I’ve had a variation of these running around for a while. Tweaks may come and go with trends, but the concepts are the same. When they say “Go Big!” they don’t mean it. Start with optimistic scripts. Finish them defensively. … Continue reading

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MapR is a better base?

I’ve heard about MapR for a long time and haven’t given it much consideration vs. OSS stacks. I reconsidering my position and conduction some evaluations. Why? MaprFS is a real POSIX File system that runs on Raw devices, not atop … Continue reading

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Ubuntu sucks and so does Debian

Full disclosure, I cut my teeth on Slackware and Redhat in the mid 90′s.  I even tried Yggdrasil once.  That being said… I fully fail to understand the allure of Ubuntu or it’s Mommy distro, Debian.  Yes I know Ubuntu … Continue reading

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Hadoop Hindsight #2 Keep it simple: more than likely someone else has encountered your problem.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. -G.K. Chesterton Sometimes our ego gets the best of us.  This seems to occur more often in Hadoop than anywhere else I’ve worked.  I’m not … Continue reading

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Intelligent Design – A hindsight lesson.

Our Boot from Network Datanode design was conceived in ignorance of real world application. Serial Number vs. MAC Address debates ensued in Ivory Tower minds and a schema was built. I’m currently in-between designs. I’ve consulted our resident data genius … Continue reading

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Hadoop Hindsight #1 Start Small

I thought we would start a weekly series on some lessons we’ve learned.  Many of the topics we’ve learned the hard way so we thought it might be helpful for those a few steps behind us.  YMMV, but we wish … Continue reading

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The 3 Pillars of Data Democracy

In order to promote the use of data within the enterprise, we need to provide a collaborative environment which gives people the freedom and incentive to try new things.  This gives everyone the chance to prove great ideas, or at … Continue reading

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Why Enterprise Hadoop jobs will not require Java skills in 3-5 years.

In the late 1979, RSI’s Oracle version 2 ran on Digital’s VAX minicomputers (32bit AND virtual memory!). If you were proficient with the first commercial RDBMS, you had to posses mad Macro-11 or PL-11 (the high level version) skills to … Continue reading

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Hortonworks HDP 1.3 released

HDP 1.3 was released today. This milestone release takes advantage of improved performance in Hive 0.11 along with delivery on a series of enterprise requirements including NFS access to HDFS, improved MTTR for HBase, business continuity through HDFS and HBase … Continue reading

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