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Hadoop cluster with Ubuntu server and Ensemble

A while back I started experimenting with Ensemble and was intrigued by the notion of services instead of machines.

A bit of background on Ensemble from their website:

Ensemble is a next generation service orchestration framework. It has been likened to APT for the cloud. With Ensemble, different authors are able to create service formulas independently, and make those services coordinate their communication through a simple protocol. Users can then take the product of different authors and very comfortably deploy those services in an environment. The result is multiple machines and components transparently collaborating towards providing the requested service.

I come from a DevOps background and know first hand the troubles and tribulations of deploying production services, webapps, etc. One that’s particularly “thorny” is hadoop.

Read more at Ubuntu cloud portal

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