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Hadoop cluster on HP hardware?

Artem Trunov
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Hadoop cluster on HP hardware?

Dear experts,
I'd like to seek an advice on what would be our best choice of HP server hardware for a Hadoop cluster? We want 4 disk per 1U rack space. Would 1U rack server with 4 drives be preferable over 2U with 12-14 drives? Would a upgrade to smart array controller bring benefits over standard embedded sata controller?
Thanks in advance
Frequent Advisor

Re: Hadoop cluster on HP hardware?

Artem, I just ran across your post and thought I would reply even though late.

Hadoop is built to run on commodity (cheap) hardware. If you want to spend the extra money, then sure Proliant servers are the best in the traditional server/storage/SAN world, but Hadoop is far from traditional and is a basically a "cloud" technology.

Proliant servers are built to last, but Hadoop assumes nodes will fail more often than not.
Oh, and no array controllers needed as Hadoop uses JBOD. If HP had a Proliant server that used commodity SATA drives, that would be awesome.