Three companies have announced a plan to accelerate Project Savanna within the OpenStack Foundation.
Hortonworks, the leading contributor to Apache Hadoop, Mirantis, the largest OpenStack systems integrator, and Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions and the largest contributor to the most recent release of OpenStack, are working together to contribute significantly to Project Savanna under the OpenStack community guidelines.
The collaborative effort will focus primarily on contributing engineering resources to Project Savanna, originally introduced as an OpenStack project by Mirantis. An important initial step for Savanna is to provide an integration point for third-party Hadoop provisioning and management frameworks, such as the Apache Ambari project. This will allow enterprise users to provision Hadoop distributions very quickly via OpenStack APIs and Dashboard.
In addition, Savanna will allow the utilisation of unused compute power from a general purpose OpenStack infrastructure pool for Hadoop workloads.
The collaboration aims to provide many benefits including providing open-source APIs and simpler transitions when moving Hadoop workloads between public and private clouds, because re-tooling will not be required.
OpenStack is a framework for building and managing private, public and hybrid infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds with core software projects providing compute, storage and networking management services, and a shared identity service and dashboard.
Hadoop enables distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. The goal of Project Savanna is to enable OpenStack users to easily provision and manage elastic Hadoop clusters to speed the development and deployment of cost-effective Hadoop on OpenStack.
The companies expect to demonstrate the technology at the Hadoop Summit on 26 June in San Jose, California, USA.