Hadoop, the open source Big Data platform, has found a home on Cray Inc.'s big data analytics appliance -- called the Cray Urika-XA system.

The appliance includes a pre-integrated version of Cloudera Enterprise -- though Cray says the appliance can also run user-installed analytic tools. The appliance has more than 1,500 processor cores in a single rack, 38 TB of SSD storage, and InfiniBand interconnect. Additional software on the system includes Apache Spark, Cray Adaptive Runtime for Hadoop and the Urika-XA management system.

Numerous enterprise vendors continue to promote appliances for heavy, specialized workloads. Additional Hadoop appliance promoters include Dell, HP, IBMOracle and Teradata -- among many other providers.

Still, on-premises Hadoop appliances face growing competition from cloud-centric counterparts. The major Hadoop distributions -- Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and others -- run in a mix of public clouds, including offerings from Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure, among others.

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