Deploy Rackspace Cloud Big Data

  • Last updated on: 2016-01-21
  • Authored by: Kyle Laffoon

The Rackspace Cloud Big Data Platform provides a scalable, robust, and complete Hadoop cluster within a few clicks. All Cloud Big Data deployments are backed by Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). Using HDP enables Cloud Big Data to take advantage of Hadoop packages and patches provided by Hortonworks, as well as any escalation path to some of the top contributors of the core Hadoop projects.

We currently support two deployment options:

  1. HDP 2.3 including all the core Hadoop components, Spark, Hive, Pig, Oozie, Flume, Kafka, Zookeeper, Storm, Falcon, Hue and Ambari.
  2. Spark 1.5 with support for Spark Standalone, Tachyon, Zeppelin and Kafka.

Build a cluster

There are multiple methods for deploying and scaling your Hadoop cluster: the API, Cloud Control Panel, and Lava command line. API and Lava client walkthroughs are provided underUsing the Python Lava Client in the Getting Started Guide.

You can create a cluster through the Cloud Control Panel as follows:

  1. Log in to the Cloud Control Panel.
  2. In the menu bar at the top of the window, click Databases > Big Data.
  3. Click Create Cluster.
  4. Provide values for the following fields, and then click Create Cluster:
    • Cluster Name: Specify a name to identify and distinguish the cluster.
    • Region: Specify the region in which to create the cluster.
    • (Optional) Post-Install Script: Specify the URL of a custom script to download and run on each node after deployment of the node has completed.
    • Username: Specify a user that will be created on all nodes for access to and administration of the cluster.
    • SSH Key Name: Provide a ssh-key for accessing the cluster securely.
    • Under Configuration > Build from Predefined Stack choose a distribution and a corresponding stack to create the cluster.
    • The next step allows you to configure Node Groups, flavor and node size per node group.
    • (Optional) Cloud Files Storage: If you want the option of accessing and storing data in Cloud Files from your cluster, add credentials for Cloud Files.
  5. After the status changes to Active, use SSH to log in to your Gateway node’s PublicNet IP address, using the username and ssh key that you provided at cluster creation.

Choosing a Stack

The various predefined stacks comprise of different services. It is best to choose a stack that meets the requirement for all the services that you need. If you are unsure and want to try out, we recommend using the “HDP 2.3 with all services” stack.

Choosing a data node size

Cloud Big Data offers four flavors: Small (1.25 TB), Medium (2.5T), Large (5T), and XLarge (10 TB). In the IAD region we additionally offer the OnMetal IO flavor. For complete specifications and pricing, see

For maximum performance, choose extra-large data nodes, which take up an entire physical server to provide consistent cluster performance, or for bare metal performance choose the OnMetal IO flavor. If you prefer to scale your environment more granularly or have lower storage and processing needs, you can choose small data nodes.

More information

Following are some great links for further reading about data processing as well as a data ingest method supported by Rackspace:

Apache Pig:

Apache Hive:

Apache Spark:http://

Rackspace Swifts:/how-to/swift-filesystem-for-hadoop

Transfer Data Into Your Cluster: /how-to/getting-data-into-your-big-data-cluster

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