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Progress and Setbacks — Hadoop 3.0 breaks things

241 properties have been deprecated in Hadoop 3.0. Is that enough change for you? Dozens of sites have dedicated space to discovering and explaining all the new goodness in Hadoop 3.0. I haven’t read any that discuss the problems that … Continue reading

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One year later

I took an unplanned vacation from work, big data and updating DFP. It’s been fun, but now I’m back and have a new job. Many things are going on and I hope to share some interesting items in the near … Continue reading

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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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