Concurrent Launches Driven APM Service for Hadoop Apps

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    Cascading has emerged as an open source alternative to the Java application programming interface (API) for building Big Data applications on top of Hadoop. Developed by Concurrent, Cascading has now been deployed in over 6,000 applications, which now makes managing all those applications a challenge.

    To address that issue, Concurrent this week unfurled Driven, an application performance management (APM) service that organizations using Cascading can employ via the cloud. Accessed via a plug-in that developers insert inside a Cascading application, Driven exposes an API that allows organizations to track a variety of application performance metrics in real time.

    With more organizations building applications on top of Hadoop, Concurrent CTO Chris Wensel says that figuring out where a specific performance issue may lie across a cluster of servers that can consist of hundreds of servers is now a major challenge.

    Currently in beta, Wensel says Driven makes it a lot easier to identify not only the applications that are failing to run, but those that are running poorly for one reason or another. That capability is especially critical, says Wensel, when dealing with Hadoop applications that routinely span multiple terabytes of data.

    While the development of Big Data applications is clearly still in its infancy, the managing of those applications represents a major challenge of IT operations teams that often have little familiarity with Hadoop. Rather than acquiring APM tools for Big Data applications and the infrastructure needed to run them, Driven provides a convenient service alternative that can be quickly deployed. Best of all, that approach doesn’t require the IT operations team to become a master of all things Hadoop overnight.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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