VMware is introducing a public beta release of VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions, a new feature that extends the company's virtualization platform to support Apache Hadoop and big data processes.
With the new software, businesses can deploy, run and manage Apache Hadoop clusters alongside other applications on a common virtual infrastructure. That brings the benefits of virtualization, including scalability, performance and elasticity, to Hadoop systems, said Fausto Ibarra, VMware senior director of product management.
VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions built off of VMware's Project Serengeti, the open source project the company launched last year to enable the development and deployment of Apache Hadoop clusters on virtual infrastructure. VMware vSphere Big Data Extensions is expected to be generally available by the end of the year.