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June 18, 2012

AMD unveils Cloudera-certified Colfax server cluster to handle big data

Designed for customers who are using Hadoop for analysis of both structured and unstructured data

By CBR Staff Writer

AMD has unveiled its Cloudera-certified Colfax server cluster, which consists of six Colfax 2U CX2270-N4 servers – each with two AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors – running Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop.

The company claims the 192-core cluster costs up to 40% less than similarly configured Intel-based offerings, enabling required scale-out capabilities at the best price and value for Hadoop on x86 processors.

Cloudera CTO and co-founder Amr Awadallah said Cloudera certification for this cluster enables technology buyers to purchase the right cluster components and software applications to extract the most value from their data.

"The certification provides customers with assurance that the AMD/Colfax clusters are well-suited for Cloudera solutions," Awadallah added.

Data platform built on the Apache Hadoop open-source software without proprietary vendor lock-in is offered by Cloudera for the new server cluster.

Businesses will now be able to leverage the analytical power of big data using the AMD Opteron processor-based cluster on Colfax.

The AMD Opteron processor cluster on Colfax servers is designed for customers who are using Hadoop for analysis of both structured and unstructured data, and it offers the scale-out capabilities required for handling big data based on its core density.

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Colfax International CEO Shah Gautam said Colfax servers using AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors offer a perfect platform for early evaluations and deployments of Hadoop.

"With an ideal balance of performance, scalability and price, the AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors offer our customers an excellent platform for solving challenging computational-intensive tasks," Gautam said.

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