A few weeks ago we told you about our two Data Services for Hadoop-based applications, the Managed Big Data Platform service (in Unlimited Availability) and the Cloud Big Data Platform (in Early Access). Working hand in hand with Hortonworks, we are giving you a choice of architectures for your Hadoop applications, whether you need a custom-built Hadoop architecture based on specific dedicated hardware, or a dynamic, API-driven programmable Hadoop cluster in our public cloud.
Today, we are pushing the ball further as we move our Cloud Big Data Platform from Early Access into Limited Availability.
WHAT HAVE YOU TOLD US?
The users of our Cloud Big Data Platform in Early Access come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, from online marketing and ecommerce working on recommendation engines and user sentiment analysis, to hospitality and retail looking at product performance, and to education and science working to improve people’s lives. We have learned a lot from you. These three statements summarize what we are hearing:
FROM EARLY ACCESS TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY
Today, our Cloud Big Data Platform is moving from Early Access to Limited Availability. Limited Availability is the last phase we use here at Rackspace prior to the service being delivered in Unlimited Availability in a few months. We hope to get as many customers on the service as we can, but we will unfortunately not be able to accept everybody yet. However, let us know what you are working on and will definitely consider your application. The most important aspect for us is making sure we deliver on our promise of being Fanatical across the lifecycle of your initiative, which is why we have our Early Access, and now our Limited Availability program.
What does this mean to you beyond the new capabilities we have built in?
It means three things:
To sign up for Limited Availability, visit the Cloud Big Data Platform page at http://www.rackspace.com/cloud/big-data. Click on the “CONTACT US” button and fill out that simple contact form. A Racker will contact you to get you on board. Once we grant you access to the service, you will then simply provision a cluster right from Cloud Control Panel or using the API.
CHOICES OF NODES
You will have two options for your deployment depending on your data and compute requirements. See below. It is worth emphasizing here that the 1.3TB instances will share the compute node, but the 11TB instances are all single tenant.
Remember that Hadoop keeps three copies of your data by default. To account for your total storage footprint, remember to multiply by three the estimated source data volume you have, and then to decide how many nodes you will need to provision.
And yes, to repeat, the free period is over and you will start getting billed for the resources you consume.
WE ARE AVAILABLE IN LONDON!
Cloud Big Data Platform is now available in London!
The hourly and equivalent monthly prices will be as follows:
NEW CAPABILITIES FOR LIMITED AVAILABILITY
We have added a number of new capabilities to the Cloud Big Data Platform over the past few weeks to prepare it for Limited Availability. Here are some of them:
WHAT DID WE NOT GET TO FOR LIMITED AVAILABILITY?
One thing we have not made available in Limited Availability is Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0. In Limited Availability, we support Hortonworks Data Platform 1.3. Some of you are interested in the new goodies in newest codebase. Particularly, we hear that you want:
Rest assured that our engineers are hard at work to make this available in our Managed and Cloud Big Data Platform services. Expect more news from us as we learn more from you in this Limited Availability phase and work towards Unlimited Availability. We are making sure that there is an ample supply of storage and compute nodes available for your needs in our datacenters, we want to enhance the API, UI and overall programmability.
LET ME SEE MORE!
If you have one hour to spare, watch the video below entitled “Apache Hadoop on the Open Cloud” with Nirmal Ranganathan from Rackspace and Steve Loughran from Hortonworks. In it, they cover:
You can click on the video below.
As usual, let me know what kinds of cool apps you are working on @jrarredondo.