The BlueData EPIC* software platform offers data center
operators the agility and cost performance of virtualized
infrastructure for big data, with high manageability and flexibility
when integrating into existing data center environments.
Even as virtualization has spread throughout the data center, Apache Hadoop continues to be deployed almost exclusively on
bare-metal ...physical servers. Processing overhead and I/O latency typically associated with virtualization have prevented big
data architects from virtualizing Hadoop implementations.
As a result, most Hadoop initiatives have been limited in terms of agility, with infrastructure changes such as provisioning a
new server for Hadoop often taking weeks or even months. This infrastructure complexity continues to slow down adoption
in enterprise deployments. Apache Spark is a relatively new big data technology, but interest is growing rapidly; many of these
same deployment challenges apply to on-premises Spark implementations.
The BlueData EPIC (Elastic Private Instant Clusters) software platform addresses these limitations, enabling data center
operators to accelerate Hadoop and Spark implementations on Intel® architecture-based servers.
Introduction to BlueData EPIC
The BlueData EPIC software platform
reduces the complexity of big data
infrastructure deployments, providing
the ability for end users to quickly and
easily deploy Hadoop or Spark clusters
in a virtualized environment running on
Docker containers. These clusters can
deliver faster time-to-value for big data,
providing the cloud-like experience of
Hadoop-as-a-Service or Spark-as-a-
Service in their own data centers.
The BlueData EPIC platform helps
improve hardware utilization, reduces
cluster sprawl, and minimizes the
need to move data for big data
analytics. BlueData EPIC also provides
for simplified deployment and
administration, while making virtual
clusters look and feel like physical
clusters for big data analytics.
Taking advantage of the power of
containers and virtualization, BlueData’s
software helps deliver greater agility
and cost-efficiency for on-premises
big data infrastructure. The benefits of
these capabilities include the following:
• Business agility. Virtual clusters
can be spun up or down in minutes,
providing elasticity for capacity spikes,
as well as rapid response to emerging
• Data protection. Multiple virtual
workloads can co-exist on the same
multi-tenant physical cluster, while
isolating data on each virtual cluster
from the others.
• Resource efficiency. Multiple business
units and user groups can share
physical cluster resources, avoiding
the cost and complexity of each having
its own big data infrastructure.
To meet varying customer needs, the
EPIC software platform is available in
two editions. EPIC Lite is a community
edition of the platform that is available
for a single instance, free of charge; it
is intended for evaluation purposes
and for personal use. EPIC Enterprise
is a fully supported, highly scalable
commercial edition that is available on
a subscription basis for up to hundreds
of physical nodes. For a full comparison
of the two product editions, see
BlueData Enables Virtualization of Enterprise Hadoop* and Spark* Workloads
Spark-as-a-Service in an On-Premises
The BlueData EPIC* software
platform gives business users
the ability to set up self-service
virtual Hadoop* or Spark*
clusters without having to submit
Read the full Virtualization of Enterprise Hadoop* and Spark* Workloads.